If you think a divorce will end parental squabbles, you’re likely
mistaken. Just because a divorce is finalized doesn’t mean you and
your ex will never fight again, particularly if you have children involved.
This is particularly true in the case of child support orders where a
non-custodial spouse will often object to additional payment requests
to cover costs of things that weren’t always foreseen in the initial
However, one Silicon Valley executive is hoping to change that. Sheri Atwood
grew up in a home torn apart by a divorce, and watched her parents fight
tooth-and-nail over financial matters. Today, she has developed SupportPay,
an app that benefits both custodial and non-custodial parents by facilitating
requests and payments for miscellaneous expenses not included in parenting
plans, and keeps records of these payments for purposes of proof of expense
and receipt. This way, parents who have made these payments can get the
most out of their tax exemptions and make sure they know what their money
is going toward.
SupportPay is free to download and use for anyone who wishes to simply
request, pay, track, and document expenses, but a $9.99 per month premium
version allows parents to track and export their payment histories as
well. Atwood says that the majority of parents she meets who pay child
support are dedicated to providing that support, but they simply want
to know that their money is going to their child, not to their ex.
Atwood programmed the first version of SupportPay by herself, teaching
herself how to do so as she went along. Today, SupportPay has eight full-time
team members, six contractors, and more than two and a half million dollars
in startup funds from various sources, including SalesForce Ventures.
Atwood left a $300,000 salary as a marketing executive in order to start
the company full-time.
Support Payments & Your Family
Many parents face similar issues when requesting support payments for unforeseen
or miscellaneous expenses. It’s perfectly normal to want to share
the cost of things like daycare fees, extracurricular activities, or new
hobbies that are good for a child, but requesting payment for these things
can sometimes be intimidating and lead to conflict. If this sounds like
an issue you’re facing, consider giving SupportPay a try and see
if it makes this process easier and less contentious.
If you are struggling with receiving the child support payments you think
are appropriate, you should consult with a Las Vegas family law attorney
who can advise you on your legal rights. Contact Leavitt Law Firm today
at (702) 996-6052 to
request a case evaluation.