DComply is great for child expense tracking and parenting solo. Ideally you and your ex agree to work together and have a process for managing shared expenses and support, but we know that money is a contentious topic. Due to the apprehension around money, even the best ideas can be rejected solely because of whose idea it was. Yes, we understand how hard this topic is and it doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to hold your co-parent accountable or use DComply as a solo expense tracker. In this page we will walk through specific examples of how to use the DComply mobile app when your co-parent refuses to download it or use it.
Example 1: Tracking Day/Child Care Expenses (Shared Parenting Expense Example) The first thing you need to know about using DComply is that you can track expenses and email alert your co-parent that you’re tracking the expense. To put it simply, the app still sends an email bill to your co-parent even if your ex hasn’t downloaded the app. In order to use the app to send bills to your co-parent go to the Hamburger Menu (top left three bars on main page,) then go to settings, then to co-parent. To be sure your co-parent is receiving email bill notifications make sure that you see the correct co-parent contact information listed under “co-parent.” If you would prefer to completely use the app yourself in “Solo Mode,” when you check the co-parent information in the settings menu, set yourself as the co-parent. This way any bill notifications will come to you and no email bill notifications will go to your co-parent.
Now you need to enter then expense into the app. Go to the “Quick Bill” button on the main page and go ahead and enter the expense. When you’re done the app will ask you if you’d like to use DComply Pay. Please choose “Skip for now.” There’s no need to use DComply pay unless your ex plans to send or receive money for bills or support in the app. The app will stop prompting you to try DComply pay when your trial period ends.
Example 2: Tracking Payments for any Shared Parenting Expense: In the main DComply page you will find a button called “Balance Summary.” In the balance summary menu you’ll see all the bills owed to you. Open one of those bills and you’ll see these options, “mark as paid,” “send a reminder,” and “withdraw request.” When your co-parent pays you for a bill by sending cash, a check, or via PayPal/Venmo, you can press “mark as paid” and the bill will come off the balance summary and you’ll see the bill now populated in completed transactions and this will also update the balance in the summary. By pressing the reminder button, you’ll send your co-parent a reminder note and by withdrawing request, you’re simply deleting the bill request.
Example 3: Managing Child Support in Solo Mode: In addition to being a child expense tracking tool, DComply is a child support app. In fact, it is an app for divorced parents. When you view the DComply app’s main page you’ll see a “Child Support” button. When you’re using DComply without your co-parent or without DComply Pay (pay or receive funds via DComply) you will NOT be able to use this child support function. In solo mode all bills or expenses tracked are completed using Quick Bill or Multi Bill. Therefore, start by entering quick bill, create a bill, call it child support, and use the notes to enter other details about the support bill you deem important. Similar to shared parenting expenses, if you want to make sure that your co-parent receives the bill, check that your co-parent’s contact details are correct in the settings menu. Also, don’t forget that you don’t need DComply Pay to send or track bills, so please use “skip for now.”
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