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Question: Why do I now have to go to a separate tab to print the child support guidelines and financial forms?

Answer: We understand that it was very convenient to have the links for the child support guideline forms and financial forms on the same tab as the data entry.

So why did we change?

There are a number of reasons, including the following:

1. Logical consistency. The current structure has inherent in it a logical workflow, which goes like this:

a. Open the file.

b. Enter the client information.

c. Do projections, negotiate, and resolve the issues.

d. Print the forms and reports.

While we understand that cases are not handled in exactly this sequence, we think that organizing the features of the software in this way makes the software easier to learn. And, it makes it easier to figure out where to go to do something in the software.

In this logical sequence, the guidelines and financial forms fall under the final tab, at the end of the case, when you are printing the results.

Another way to think about this is that the Client Info tab is for the inputs in the case, and the Forms & Reports tab is for the outputs in the case.

2. Software Usage. People have a much better time with the software if they enter all of the client information on the client data entry screens first, and only then go to the output screens, such as the guidelines and financial forms.

In most cases, you should only enter data on the Client Information screens, and not enter data on the output screens such as the guidelines and financial forms. You should just view and print those output forms, but not enter data directly onto them.

You can see the reason here.

By organizing the software with the client information on a completely separate tab from the forms and reports, we hope to structure the workflow in a way that guides people naturally to enter the data on the client information screens, which is almost alwyas the best thing to do, and not on the guidelines and financial forms, which can lead to trouble down the line.


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