The state of New Jersey is known to have an above average cost of living, and a recent study has revealed that single parents may have an especially difficult time making ends meet. Even parents that are employed may find themselves struggling with everyday expenses. Food, housing, and childcare costs continue to rise at a rate that is not matched by increases in income.
The report estimates that a household with children needs more than twice the amount of money to survive, with no savings, as that of a home with no children. Many families that have both parents working cannot manage to keep up with costs of raising children. Single parents have an even more difficult burden placed upon them.
When a single parent does not know how he or she will be able to manage, a family law attorney may be able to help. New Jersey has strict child enforcement laws to help ensure that the financial responsibility of raising children is shared by both parents, even when one parent has full custody of the children. Filing for child support may seem like a daunting process, but fortunately help is available.
A parent who wants to establish, modify or enforce a child support order can partner with a knowledgeable attorney. An attorney can help the parent calculate everyday expenses, and assist with the legal process to secure financial support. Children should not have to suffer because a parent is not doing his or her part, and a single parent does not have to bear the financial burden of raising children alone.