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FATHER GOT ARRESTED FOR DRINK DRIVING & CAN’T WORK, FAMILY’S INCOME BADLY AFFECTED

Father got arrested for drunk driving and now our family income is severely affected

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So what are our options now? My father got arrested for driving with an alcohol level of 37 and we’re waiting for him to be charged in court about 1 month from now.

His licence will likely get revoked which will be detrimental as he works as a Taxi Driver. Currently, he earns around 4k-5k a month which allows us to barely scrape by with all the loans (Credit cards,housing etc) hence our savings as expected is insufficient.

My family consists of me(17M), my sister(6F), my father(47M) and my step-mom(31F). With our main source of income soon to be gone, what can we do now? My sister will be entering primary school next year but we shouldn’t need to set aside much considering the large subsidies.

My school fees are also being funded by a scholarship hence it need not be taken into consideration as well. My step-mom currently earns around 1.5k which isn’t very sufficient although significant.

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My father’s highest education level is an ‘O’ level certificate hence our options are extremely limited and few. Most listings I’ve observed online offer positions of around 2k-2.8k which is insufficient although understandable.

I’ve considered working part-time and I’ve calculated that I’ll be able to earn around 1.2k per month if I were to work on weekends and 12 hour shifts.

However this will obviously come at the cost of my grades but as my current GPA is 4.0 I’ll be able to tank a few low grades although that is an outcome I wish to avoid.

My father currently is looking on the bright-side of only receiving a warning as he was only caught due to a roadblock and not reckless driving as well having no prior convictions.

However I’m looking at the realistic side and thus am trying to formulate a plan before he’s hit face-first with reality.

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I understand that driving while under the influence is unacceptable and can lead to disastrous outcomes. Hence I also understand that some of you may view this as a form of bad parenting and although my father isn’t perfect, he is still my father and he has always tried his best to provide the best for us despite our circumstances.

With all of the stress that is piled onto him, a momentary lapse of judgement was bound to happen. Therefore I’m asking you to please refrain from making insincere comments as it’ll not be beneficial at all.

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