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#1 of 9 Old 05-20-2013, 06:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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How does that work? My STBX is military and I'm a SAHM. My oldest DS is 4 and has autism, he really needs to be home schooled. I think I can get about $1000/mo in child support but I don't know if I can live on that!

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I'm sorry, I want to answer your post but it's a bit confusing. Are you needing ideas for homeschooling http://www.mothering.com/community/f/50/learning-at-home-and-beyond or are you looking for ideas on how to live on the $1,000? 

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Sorry, I'm scatterbrained. I feel like I'm in limbo because we're doing marriage counseling but I don't think it'll help anything.

 

Mainly I'm wondering..how do I live on $1000/mo OR how do I work while homeschooling without putting the kids in school or spending my whole paycheck to pay for childcare?


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Does your stbx support homeschooling? If he does, and you can prove that, you may have a better chance of a judge awarding you alimony or other support to allow you to stay home and homeschool. Have you talked to a lawyer yet? You really should consult one before your stbx has any idea you are going to file. 

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One thousand a month is not much for rent, food, utilities and transportation. Homeschooling on little to no money is doable, but I'm not sure about the rest. Although I don't know what the cost of living in your area. You would know that much better than I. What is *your* feel on that subject?
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I am soon to be single (we are still living together, but in the process of separating) and will hopefully be continuing to homeschool, so long as dp agrees to it still. I work from home and have pretty much doubled my work load at this point-I'm still not sure how it is going to work out since it has been pretty stressful to try to take care of the kids while working so much, let alone getting much schooling done. I am considering doing a cyber charter next year for dd (1st grade) just so we can get the curriculum for free and have a bit more structure for me to follow while i get back on my feet, but I am undecided. I work mostly at night, but my new schedule requires me to work during the day a bit too to get it all done, plus functioning on very little sleep most of the time. So, while I can theoretically say I will make this work, I'm in the same boat as you at the moment :) Oh, and FWIW, in my area, $1000 would barely (maybe) pay for rent+utilities, and that is in a tiny apartment, not so great neighborhood (i.e. not somewhere I would necessarily want to be homeschooling young kids), let alone leaving money for food, gas, activities, other bills, etc., so that wouldn't work for me. I will need to make more than double that to meet the bare minimum of making it work financially. Obviously a lot depends on the COL in your area.

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Oops! I probably shouldn't have responded. I saw the title in new posts and read it because of homeschooling in the title. Sorry!
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Update:

We've decided to do marriage counseling and separating..we'll be staying married and cohabitating until we get our tax return next year at which point I'm moving back to my home town to go to school. That's as far as we've gotten really. We figure me having a degree will do nothing but good regardless of how it turns out.


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 I did it for 2 years, homeschooling and single with 550 a month child support, and help from the state with a subsidy for the sitter.  I bartended and / or waited tables a couple nights a week.
 

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