As a divorce decree becomes final, whether in Georgia or elsewhere in the
country, every issue surrounding marital dissolution itself should have
been resolved. Where children are involved, however, conflicts may still
lie ahead, particularly when child support is the subject. As a financial
obligation, child support has the potential to make the noncustodial parent's
life harder if it causes financial strain. And it can cause financial
strain if the custodial parent must cover costs when support payments
are late or do not arrive at all. Child support thus can be a long-term
source of conflict.
To address the needs of those who pay child support as well as those who
receive it, an online tool called SupportPay has been introduced. The
application was developed in 2011 and recently introduced in October at
the DEMO Conference, a technology industry get-together in California.
According to Ittavi, its creator, the application is designed to resolve
issues that typically develop between divorced parents when it comes to
This tool allows parents to upload receipts for child-care expenses, record
payments made and determine what a supporting parent still owes. The application
shows the noncustodial parents the real costs of child support. Other
records can show whether payments made have actually been used to cover
a child's expenses.
SupportPay can automatically remind parents about their financial obligations,
an especially convenient feature when paying child support through third-party
providers such as PayPal and credit card companies. The expense records
and documents in SupportPay can serve as evidence whenever either the
supporting parent or the custodial parents asks for child-support modification.
Child support is a critical matter requiring succinct resolution in the
event of divorce. Fortunately, technology such as this can help solve
a critical family law matter like support without directly involving a child.