Managing child support after a divorce


After a divorce agreement has been finalized, assets have been divided, and a child custody agreement is in place, the time comes to start figuring out how the plans translate into an everyday routine. In a well-thought-out child custody plan, the exchange of custody, visitation schedule, and support payments should be relatively straightforward and easy to manage. However, the messy realities of everyday life can set in and make a well-organized plan feel a lot more chaotic.

When parents routinely violate child custody and support agreements, the court can step in to intervene. These types of solutions generally include fines, wage garnishment, or driver’s license revocation if the parent has been delinquent on their child support payments for a long time or a substantial amount of money. These tools can be helpful once a situation gets out of hand and the parent who is relying on the support needs to take a drastic step to resolve the situation.

However, there are many shades of grey that can come before this point during which parents who have shared custody or a child support agreement may need help managing the situation. For example, there might be a conflict with a spouse on scheduling or payment methods that is causing a problem but doesn’t require court intervention. One single mother experienced this issue after her divorce and ended up developing an online tool for tax management, third-party child support payment systems, and scheduling and calendar management, aimed at divorced parents.

What do you think – would an app be useful for managing child support and custody arrangements?

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Source: New York Times, “Software for Sorting Out Child Support,” Quentin Hardy, Dec. 26, 2013.

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