How to Fight Financial Difficulties For Your Family
Parenting requires a level of stability and security that is conducive to a happy and fulfilled family life. Without these two important factors, mums and dads can begin to feel that they’re failing to provide for their kids in a way in which they’d intend in a perfect world. Yet the world is imperfect, and sometimes financial difficulties can hit even the most economically sensible and hardworking families. This article takes a look at some of the areas in which financial woes can hit a family hard, providing useful insights and tips for damage limitation, so your family can continue to thrive.
The modern family is far from the ‘traditional’ working man and stay-at-home wife scenario. Nowadays, both parents are often expected to work to bring in the requisite funds and, if you’re a single mum, you’ll know the horror with which redundancy would hit your family. However, in an unstable and depressed economic environment, redundancy levels are high and so it’s best to know how to deal with a loss of your income ahead of time. Attempt to secure a redundancy package to get you on your way, and be swift in searching for a new job so that you’re not unemployed for long.
There is so much stigma around the welfare state that plenty of families will never, in their eyes, ‘sink to the level’ of claiming money from the state. This is a self-defeating attitude, seeing as to qualify for welfare in the US you truly have to be in a state of need. Talk to your local citizen’s advice bureau, or else take your questions online, to see if your family are eligible for a little extra financial help, especially in times where your income stream is reduced to a trickle. Don’t struggle on without claiming this vital support.
Loans and Debt
Whether it’s redundancy, a late pay-day, a reduction in your income or a delay in your welfare, plenty of working parents are forced to take out short-term loans with incredibly high-interest rates in order to have access to the capital that can keep your family afloat. Getting into these forms of debt can be utterly crippling and should only ever be a last resort in times of extreme need. Instead, if you’re already in debt, try and plan your way out of trouble with strict budgeting and conversation with your bank and your partner to become a debt-free citizen.
As well as loss of income, you may be hit by a significant financial blow that completely floors your planned budget, threatening to tip you over into debt. Fines from the state, if you’ve committed fraud, are one such example, and the most cost-effective way of getting out of trouble is to hire effective fraud solicitors to negotiate on your behalf. The same goes for speeding tickets, parking fines, and the sort of penalties imposed for missing rent. Always know the most cost-effective way to fight your case.
These tips should prove useful to any family facing financial difficulty, guiding them to a place of increased stability and security.