It can be tough for parents to pay their child support for many reasons, but certain occasions can create special challenges when it comes to child support payments. Likewise, custodial parents who do not receive the child support they are owed may struggle regardless of the time of year, but this can be especially hard during the holiday season. Whether you are obligated to pay support, or you have been awarded child support, it is important to carefully consider these issues during the holidays.
A non-custodial parent who is facing financial challenges may have a particularly difficult time making child support payments during the holidays. For example, they may be short on cash after buying gifts for family members or they may not be able to work because their position has come to an end for the holidays. On the other hand, a custodial parent may be concerned about ensuring that their children enjoy the holiday season and when they do not receive the child support they are owed, this can be very tough.
Some non-custodial parents may also face financial challenges after the holidays are over because they spent too much on gifts and other holiday-related expenses (such as traveling to visit loved ones). If you are a non-custodial parent, it is important to set aside enough money for child support and carefully plan your holidays from a financial standpoint. Moreover, you may want to set up a payment plan or look into other options if you have fallen behind.