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A phone app could make child support easier to manage

When parents divorce, they remain linked through their shared children. Their relationship will have changed, but the need to communicate and work together to provide for the needs of their children will remain. Child support is the primary means of sharing the financial burden of raising a child. It is also, however, among the most contentious subjects that divorced parents face, in New Jersey and across the nation.

A phone app may provide a powerful solution. Known as Support Pay, the app serves a number of different functions. Users can track child support payments, upload documentation related to expenses and even communicate with one another in a neutral environment. That can go a long way toward easing disputes related to child support.

For example, it is not uncommon for parents to agree to share the cost of any medical or dental expenses. However, the parent who is already making child support payments may balk at writing an additional check. Being able to upload receipts, invoices and estimates related to medical or dental care can go a long way toward easing tension between divorced parents.

In the rare case in which a New Jersey parent needs to return to court to address child support issues, having clear documentation can make the process far easier. Support Pay offers an easy solution for documenting payments made and received, communications between parties and other information related to a case. That can make a world of difference in the eventual outcome, and can help ensure that children receive the support that they need.

Source: pymnts.com, "SupportPay Makes Divorce A Little Easier", Dec. 13, 2016

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