Orlando's rent increases can hit single parents hard

For most people, trying to make ends meet at the end of the month is a challenge. This is especially true for single parents. Parents must find a way to provide life's necessities for their children, which includes food, clothing and shelter.

And of these three items, shelter is likely the most expensive, regardless of whether you are a renter or homeowner. While you may be able to clip coupons to save on food and find bargains on clothing, the rent or mortgage will always require a specific dollar amount. And in Orlando, that amount can be exorbitant.

Earlier this year, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing released data revealing that the median price for rent in the City Beautiful is $1,000 while the median income for those who rent is $35,000. What this means is that many renters are dedicating over 30 percent of their earnings to housing. Such a condition is known as being "rent burdened," and some experts are unsure when or if rent prices will stabilize.

Rent burden is a serious issue for single parents who already have so many expenses. And it is just one more factor that can make child support such a critical part of a single parent's household budget. If you are trying to keep ahead of your bills and are supposed to receive child support, you can ill afford to have those payments withheld by your child's other parent.

With things being as they are, you could be left in a real financial bind if you do not receive your child support payments on time, every month. And if you are having trouble getting your child's other parent to pay you what is due, you may want to strongly consider contacting a Florida family law attorney.

There are a variety of measures that can be taken to get a delinquent parent to adhere to his or her support payment obligations. An attorney could help you choose the most practical and effective method to get you the money you and your child need.

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