Advice for tracking child support and other divorce payments

It's not uncommon for one spouse to pay the other spouse support money on a monthly basis after a divorce has concluded. This could be child support money or spousal support money. Because disagreements can ensue whenever money and payments are involved, divorcing spouses need to make sure that they track their payments appropriately so that if a disagreement or lack of trust arises, the parents can resolve the matter quickly with the relevant copies of checks, signed payment receipts or accounting ledgers.

Here are a few things you can do to keep track of these payments:

Create an automatic payment plan

You can use your bank's automatic check printing and sending service to send these payments to your ex-spouse automatically each month so that you don't have to remember to do it yourself.

Only make payments or receive payments in a way that you can track

It's important that your support payments be made or received in a way that you can track and document. Rather than making payments in cash, it's always best to make them by check, for example. If a payment must be made in cash, make sure you sign or receive a receipt for the payment.

Set up a computer spreadsheet to track all of your payments

This spreadsheet should include the date of the check, the check number, the check account number, the amount of the check and what the check is for.

Make a note of any payment problems

If a payment is late or if any other anomalies develop related to payments, make a clear note of them in your records.

Are you planning to divorce your spouse in Texas? Make sure you discuss your unique relationship, family and financial circumstances with a Texas divorce attorney before you engage on your divorce process.

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