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New app could help divorced parents document shared expenses

As divorced parents living in North Carolina and around the nation know, sharing child custody often creates situations where one parent has to make a purchase that they expect their former spouse to reimburse them for later. A new app attempts to help former spouses navigate the ongoing financial back and forth that comes with co-parenting after divorce.

Designed by a divorced mom, SupportPay is an app that offers divorced parents a convenient way to document and share child-related expenses with their exes. The app is designed to help divorced parents to navigate all the unavoidable everyday items that they buy for their children which may not be directly addressed in their divorce documents or child support arrangements. The app allows ex-spouses to document their purchases and store images of the receipts, creating a record that can be viewed by their former spouse. The app also creates a record of child-related expenses that could come in handy at tax time.

The creator of the app indicated that the program can also be set up so that former spouses can agree to get one another's approval before making purchases that exceed a certain predetermined amount. There are also plans to expand the app so that it could be used in other situations where family members need to collaborate on expenses, such as family members working together to support aging relatives or finance a major shared project.

As families grow and change, issues may sometimes arise that require legal guidance or documentation. Attorneys working in the area of family law try to help their clients navigate divorce and other major life changes in ways that protect their interests and minimize future misunderstandings.

Source: Fast Company, "Supportpay Aims to Take Headaches Out of Child Support and Family Finances ", David Zax, February 18, 2014

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