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Technology and the future of child support

Missouri parents know that disagreements over child support can be one of the most troubling aspects of divorce. It is already challenging to divide assets, separate lives and determine child custody, and support disputes can lengthen the process and add undue stress. New technology has recently become available that is intended to reduce these disputes and help parents avoid future legal conflicts over child support.

A woman has developed an application that allows parents to exchange child-related information through a neutral third-party. This will hopefully prevent arguments over court-ordered child support payments and allow parents to easily share expenses for miscellaneous costs, such as child care. The application facilitates payments between parents, and it even allows users to track shared expenses, receipts and payments. 

Using this application, payments can be requested immediately after an expense is incurred. Receipts are available for every transaction, dispelling the typical mistrust that can exist between parents, even after an amicable divorce. Even if a couple chooses to use this new technology, it is important to note that the actual amount of child support is determined during the divorce process, and the final amounts are subject to approval by the court. 

Navigating financial disputes, particularly over child support, is one of the most difficult aspects of divorce. Missouri parents have the right to pursue outcomes to their divorces that fit their particular needs and financial abilities. It is wise to protect parental rights by seeking the help of a lawyer who is knowledgeable in complex family law cases. This assistance may help prevent lengthy and stressful litigation.

Source: Forbes, "Will this App Obliterate Child Support Conflict?", Emma Johnson, June 11, 2015

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