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Resources for Unemployed Single Parents

By April 8, 2010

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Even though unemployment is leveling out in some areas, it continues to have a tremendous impact on single parent families throughout the U.S.  Imagine losing your job as the family's only breadwinner, or losing the child support payments you counted on, because your co-parent has lost his or her job and has little hope of finding gainful employment.  Even when formerly unemployed parents do find work, the impact remains, because it may be some time before accumulated debts are paid.   If you or your co-parent is unemployed, use the following resources to plan your next steps:

  • Unemployment and Child Support - Contributing writer, Debrina Washington, explains what non-custodial parents with existing child support orders need to do in the event of becoming unemployed.

  • Child Support Modification - In this article, Debrina explains the circumstances in which a parent may be granted the modification on of an existing child support order.

  • What to Do When Unemployment Runs Out - About.com Guide to Job Search, Alison Doyle, explains what to do when unemployment benefits run out.

  • Dislocated and Laid Off Worker Program - About.com Guide to U.S. Government, Robert Longley, explains how the Dislocated Worker Program helps displaced workers find new jobs.

April 14, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(1) jill says:

Set aside enough for 6 months of living expenses?? Really?? I can’t even cover living expenses monthly!! I am a single parent with no child support, and I rob peter to pay paul every month. Now that is reality.

April 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm
(2) singleparents says:

I know it’s steep, but keep in mind that “living expenses” doesn’t necessarily mean the equivalent of what you take in each month. It’s basically the bare minimum you would need to get by. (What you’d need on top of unemployment benefits and/or savings to pay for housing, food, and transportation until you could get another job).

Also, here’s a resource on sources of help for parents who earn “too much” to qualify for assistance, which may offer you some solutions for right now: Help for Parents Who Don’t Qualify for Government Assistance.

April 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(3) Jack says:

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