Single Parent’s Needs
16th Sep 2020
A single parent is generally a person who is alone with a minor child or at least a few children and whose family has no spouse or live-in spouse. Reasons for being a single mother include separation, divorce, separation due to abuse, parental death, single person adoption or abandonment by a partner.
If a parent has been separated for a considerable period of time, it can be difficult to continue to provide for the child’s education and finances. It is also possible that some of these responsibilities may have fallen upon the other parent. The single parent is often given less money, allowance or time to help the children.
Once a mother has been separated from her spouse her parental rights are suspended. While this suspension does not prevent the children from seeing their other parent and participating in the parent’s life, it can make it difficult for the single parent to access legal and financial aid.
In most states the court will order a parent to take responsibility for the welfare of the child or children. This includes making all of the necessary arrangements to keep the child or children in a safe environment while the parent works or attends school. These arrangements may include paying for daycare, transportation, food and any other related costs. In many cases it is required that the parent continue to make contributions towards their child’s educational and healthcare expenses.
It is important for a parent to stay involved in their child’s life. It may not always be easy to do this as the single parent may find it difficult to adjust to the child’s absence, but this is very important and should be done.
If you have any questions regarding your situation you should talk to a family law attorney. There are many different forms of legal aid available to those in need of assistance, including financial assistance. Financial help can include housing, childcare, medical, etc. Legal aid is available to those with disabilities or medical conditions as well, so if your income may be limited contact a lawyer.
Some states have a Statewide welfare program that can assist single parents to pay for some of their basic needs. There are also grants and government assistance programs available to those in need of assistance with housing or healthcare. Contact your local social service office to find out if there are special funds for single parents. If there are some, be sure to notify your attorney as soon as possible.
If you qualify for one of these government or private programs, be sure you fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid. and make sure you meet the guidelines in order to be a good candidate. You can apply online or you can go to your local public schools to see if they offer any assistance.
Be sure to research your options, make a list of your child’s needs and goals and do your own research to understand the cost of education, health care, etc. and make sure you can meet these expenses. Make sure to contact your attorney if you are uncertain as to how you are going to pay for day care, childcare or any other associated costs. Once you have a solid understanding of your own finances, you can evaluate what is best for your family.
You’ll need to decide if you want to go to school full time, part time or both. If you have an educational disability then you may have to get a higher education or attend a program for adults to pay for the classes, depending on your situation.
Be sure to consider your child’s emotional and physical needs when looking at your situation. Make a list of the things that you want to do together or will need to do together.
If you have children, know the cost of day care and any other related costs, so that you can accurately prepare for your future when you become a single parent. Know what to do with your children when you are unemployed or unable to work. Know where you stand financially as you try to re-establish your financial status.