Despite the fact that you and your ex arranged a child custody agreement that clearly disclosed the amount of money your ex owes you each month, you are concerned about his or her ability and willingness to make payments in a timely and consistent manner. At Essig Law Office, we have helped many parents in Illinois to figure out the next step when they are dealing with the frustration of a delinquent ex.
Keep in mind that while some people do not make their payments on time because they are ignorant, there may be other circumstances that lead to your ex’s delinquency. For example, perhaps they are financially unable to make the required payments or maybe they have poorly managed their money. Whatever the reasoning, U.S. News suggests that you never plan your budget around receiving child support payments each month. Rather, budget the financial expenditure of raising your children into your personal budget so if a payment does not come through, you are still fully prepared to absorb the cost. On the other hand, if you do receive payment, you can put some of your funds into savings and be more prepared for a rainy day.
It is also important that you still allow your ex the opportunity to be involved in the life of your children. Despite his or her lack of responsibility, it is important that your children still have the opportunity to spend time with and develop relationships with both of their parents.
When you are aware of some of the ways you can approach the delinquent parent situation, you may be more confident in the wellbeing and protection of yourself and your children. For more information about child custody, visit our web page.