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Child support app aims to decrease tension between parents

When an Alabama family goes through a divorce, the end result is often a custody arrangement where one parent has primary physical custody of shared children, while the other receives liberal visitation time. The non-custodial parent is usually tasked with making child support payments to help provide the financial means of caring for the child. Often, each parent is expected to contribute to additional costs that fall outside of the monthly child support payments. This can lead to a high degree of contention between the parties, which can sometimes result in a return to court.

One company has created a phone app to help families deal with child support struggles. The app is called SupportPay, and it provides divorced parents with a platform by which to share information about child support matters. Parents can use the app to upload invoices and receipts, send messages and track payments.

For example, it is not uncommon for a divorce agreement to state that parents will split the cost of orthodontic treatment and extracurricular activities. Dividing these expenses can be a source of tension between parents, with one side often feeling as though he or she is paying more than what is fair. Using an app like SupportPay gives the custodial parent the ability to upload documentation to support these types of expenses. The other parent is able to see the exact cost for each item and can even set up payments to be processed through the app.

Of course, not every set of Alabama parents will need a phone app to smooth child support tensions and share information. For those who are unable to work together to resolve financial differences, however, this tool could make a world of difference in the overall level of stress that surrounds child support issues. In cases in which a return to court is likely, apps such as SupportPay also provide a system of documenting invoices, payments and communication.

Source: bloomberg.com, "The App That Helps Divorced Parents Fight About Money", Ben Steverman, Feb. 17, 2016

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