Sunday, March 30, 2008

Preparing for Change

There are just two more weeks of tax season, after which our hours at work will decrease from our current 50 to 28 per week. We will also return to our regular days off; mine is on Mondays. It's hard to believe that these three months have passed so quickly. Now the task is to start seeking additional employment for the lack of hours per week. Why?

Though we worked anywhere from 40 to 72 hours for the past 12 plus weeks, and the overtime was nice to see, it now has to be spread out over the remainder of the year. Unless each of us gets a second job; and some don't need to do so, finances will get extremely uncomfortable to nearly impossible. I know. I had to take a loan before Christmas in order to pay upcoming bills and purchase gifts.

It doesn't help any that the non-custodial parent is not living up to his end of the support issue. I have done all I can as he is listed with the state for collection. He appears to have found a way to stretch out his delinquency to the point of not getting slapped by either state. According to the state of NC, the parent who pays child support has 90 days to make a current payment without the risk of being more aggressively pursued. It doesn't seem to matter that he is now $9039 in arrears.

I recently received a copy of a lien the state has placed on his 1990 Ford F250 crew cab truck for $4395.00 and if he sells it, they will consider my child support. Some of the proceeds may be due the Commonwealth for any public assistance paid to me. I don't recall any such assistance. Besides, I cannot imagine him selling the only vehicle he owns. It would just give him another excuse for not being able to pay the support.

Still we have been very fortunate to have "angels" who watch over us; thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

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