I am a single mother with two small children and I have a major difficulty with my current budgeting. The problem is that I’m supposed to receive $1000 in child support each month from their father, but I can never count on this money arriving. While it does come most months, when exactly it will arrive is always a question and sometimes only a partial payment or no payment at all will come. Since I count on this money for my monthly budget, it is often thrown all out of whack due to the payment not arriving. Does anyone have suggestions on how I can make my budget less dependent on whether this money arrives or not? Are there steps that I can take to make sure that the money arrives on a certain day each month? It really becomes stressful one I have bills that I need to pay, but the money that should be in my bank account isn’t there.
If you found yourself in a similar situation, what steps would you take to help remedy the problem?