For many students in the Houston area, spring break is essentially just around the corner. Depending on the age of the children, this could mean family vacations to Galveston or to New Orleans, or staycations where kids just enjoy the time off by sleeping in late and playing with friends. For newly divorced parents and those who have been separated for a while, making plans for spring break can be difficult.
Having conversations with former in-laws about parenting time during Thanksgiving can be an awkward proposition. After all, the relationship with the child’s other parent is essentially over, and depending on how it ended, this may be a good thing. However, there are other relatives in the child’s life that wish to continue a relationship; most importantly, grandparents.
In Houston people can be critical of parents who do not support their children financially. Parents who have been delinquent in paying child support are sometimes misjudged and ostracized. Non-custodial parents, like any other people, may suffer from financial difficulties like losing their jobs and they may have no choice but to postpone or not pay child support. However, help is available for unemployed or underemployed non-custodial parents in the state.