Many Texas parents move through their divorce with the certainty that their lives will be far less complicated once the process is complete. In reality, however, issues of child custody and child support lead many former spouses back into court for years after their marriage is dissolved. This is stressful, time-consuming and costly, and most parents would like to avoid continued litigation.
Technology may offer a valuable tool for parents who are transitioning into their new roles as co-parents. Many of the issues that lead to strife between divorced parents involve the division of costs associated with the care of their shared children. The parent who is tasked with paying child support often feels as if his or her money is not being spent on the needs of the children. The parent who receives support can be frustrated by the other parent’s lack of understanding of the cost of raising a child.
One company offers a solution, in the form of an online program called SupportPay. The service allows parents to upload receipts, record support payments and maintain a running balance of support requirements. This allows parents to confirm, track and monitor child support expenditures and payments without having to directly interact with the other parent. This can be a great benefit for the kids involved, as they do not have to witness arguments over support, as those discussions often take place during custody exchanges.
For Texas parents who are looking for ways to reduce tensions and improve communication with their former spouse, this and similar services may offer a great alternative to discussing the matter in a face-to-face setting. If an issue arises, parents can communicate through messaging or email, instead of having an in-person dispute. These types of tools also provide a way to track child support payments and expenditures, which can help both sides remain focused on the needs of the child.
Source: Xconomy, Using Tech to De-Stress Child Support, Bernadette Tansey, Nov. 5, 2013