Centuori & Alcoverde, P.C.

When an Arizona couple with children goes through divorce, tensions can rise between parents. Coming to an agreement on custody and support matters can be a challenge, and it can leave parents in an adversarial position toward one another. This can make it difficult to engage in productive conversations about child support matters, even after the divorce has been made final. A company has developed a phone app to address child support tensions, and the tool could prove useful to many Arizona parents.

The app is called SupportPay and provides parents with a means of communicating about child support expenses. Often, the non-custodial parent is tasked with making monthly payments to provide financial support for his or her child. In addition to these recurring payments, both parents are often expected to share in the cost of additional needs, such as orthodontic treatment, summer camp or costs associated with extracurricular activities.

This can place parents in the role of bill collector when those expenses need to be paid. SupportPay offers the ability for either parent to upload invoices, bills or pricing information, which the other parent can access on his or her end. The parties can send messages about the expenses, and they can even set up payment through the app. Best of all, the app will provide a means of documenting expenses, payments and communication.

For those in Arizona who have difficulty discussing custody and support matters with their ex, SupportPay and similar tools could make a world of difference in reducing stress. By providing a degree of separation between the parties, these tools take emotion out of the equation and allow both sides to focus on the numbers. While not every family will require a phone app to manage their child support exchanges, many parents find such tools invaluable.  

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

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