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Thread: Feeling like a failure

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    She doesn't need legal aid and would most likely not qualify.. She simply refuses to file in court for child support. It's not that he's a deadbeat. The courts will garnish his wages and freeze his assets, driver's licence etc if he doesn't pay. It's the child's right so she doesn't need an attorney of any kind. She needs to petition on behalf of her daughter. If she doesn't even do that, what can an incompetent legal aid attorney do? After waiting months for a call/appt, tell her "you need to file for child support"?
    Originally Posted by catfeeder
    Contact your local Legal Aid department to learn your option. Not receiving child support doesn't just harm you, it harms your child.

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    You need a plan which isn't easy to formulate when you feel overwhelmed.

    First make a budget. See what is coming in, what is going out, where you can cut, what you can sell or what you can do to earn more. Use discount grocers. Cook at home more. Barter with friends. Buy used. Cut out subscriptions & things like getting your nails done.

    If one of the money issues is that you haven't filed for child support then hop to it. Don't be too proud or any such nonsense. It's not your money. That money belongs to your kid. Even if you don't want it, take it & stick it in a bank account so your child has money for college or car when they come of age.

    Then set some S.M.A.R.T. goals: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic & timely. Presumably you would like a better paying job using your degree. Write down the steps you will need to do to attain your goals: update a resume; send out x resumes / apply for x jobs each day; attend one job fair per month; reach out to your alumni association placement department; have lunch or breakfast once per week with a different colleague who can advance your career.

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