Software aims to streamline child support process for parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Monday, December 30, 2013.

Divorced fathers in St. Clair County know that keeping on top of finances after a divorce can be challenging. Regardless of whether a father has to pay child support to an ex-spouse or if he receives it, the timing of payments can sometimes be less than regular for any number of reasons. In many cases, parents could use all the help they can get.

A onetime high-tech worker realized this, especially in light of her own divorce and subsequent custody arrangements. Seeing a business opportunity, she quit her job and started her own company that created an online service for divorced parents called SupportPay.

The service aims to take some of the guesswork and uncertainty out of the lives that divorced parents lead. The product keeps track of parents’ calendars and schedules, and also offers third-party systems to facilitate payments from one parent to another. The program also offers tax-management software, which can be quite useful for parents who may have to negotiate on their own about how to handle the kids’ tax status.

The woman said she envisioned the software as a way to help people once the guiding influence of divorce attorneys and judges has come and gone. Of course, there is no real substitute for parents who are experiencing difficulty with custody arrangements or unfair child support agreements. An experienced Illinois family law attorney can help single fathers to make sure they are paying or receiving an appropriate amount in child support to or from their former spouse or partner.

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

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