Other parents need this weekly or monthly income supplement to help with daily living costs like food and housing.
Whatever your needs, keep in mind child support is meant to cover the costs of living for your child.
If you use it only as such, there should be little cause for complaint from the other parent.
Single mothers often face the additional challenge of being the primary parent and breadwinner of the household.
Balancing home life and work life can be difficult and stressful for single moms.
He feels sorry for her, considers himself guilty of anything that causes strain to the mother and may end up supporting her, just to see her satisfied and to free himself of guilt, even at the cost of hurting you. If you are one of the sensitive lot, then it’s not going to be easy for you to adjust to such behaviour.
He can’t choose between the two of you and this frustrates him immensely, because even though he may realize that his mother is wrong in the way she thinks or feels at a certain point in time, he wouldn’t go against her because he is afraid of the consequences.
Co-parenting with a person you no longer live with can be challenging, especially as you redefine your relationship.
Co-parenting does not mean you have to be best friends with your child's father. What it does mean is you are both committed to discussing important events and issues regarding your child and trying to agree on a unified approach.
Depending on the involvement of the father, single mothers may find themselves having to deal with custody issues.
The ability to physically uphold and emotionally cope with court decisions regarding custody can be stressful for single mothers.
She may subconsciously acknowledge you as a challenge.
Single mothers might time and again try to draw sympathy by victimising themselves in the eyes of their son, in order to gain his attention, often holding you or situations related to you and your boyfriend responsible for her condition. Yes every child is; but in this case the child has felt the absence of the father and has hence valued the single parent even better than a child having both the parents would. Hence being a girlfriend it can be pretty difficult for you to play the same role that his mother has played in his life.
While at the same time, looking for ways to keep you happy and make you feel exclusive can get quite frustrating for him. Share with us your experience of dating a man raised by a single mother.