Introduction

In divorce cases, you have an opportunity to help the party or parties plan wisely for the financial present and future.  In this critical moment in the lives of your clients, Family Law Software can help significantly.

You can use Family Law Software to help your clients understand where they are and where they’re going, to make sound decisions, and to reach agreement.

This User Guide explains how to enter data in the software, how to use the software analyses in negotiations; how to print the results; how to manage and transmit client files, and more.

You may read this guide from top to bottom as a tutorial.  Because the guide is organized like the software, you may dip into it when have questions on specific topics, for a quick reference.

Family Law Software is organized under a number of tabs, as shown below. 

Figure 1- Software is Organized Under Tabs

Each tab is a module of the software.

The Home tab is for administrative tasks such as getting started, updating your software, and technical support.

The Files tab is for loading, saving, backing up, and transferring client files, and for client data sheets.

The Lawyer tab is for current client data, support guidelines, property division, financial forms, and the negotiation screens and tax and financial reports most useful to a family law attorney. (If your profession is Mediator, this tab will say Mediator.)

The Planner tab is for detailed financial planning, including longer-term planning, with a full suite of financial reporting.

The Guidelines tab shows the details of the child support guidelines calculation.

The Negotiate tab allows you to perform income, property, tax, and “what if” analyses, and print reports of these analyses, that help you in the negotiation process.

Data carries among the Lawyer, Planner, Guidelines, and Negotiate tabs.  Together, these modules form a comprehensive system to enter client data, generate income and net worth reports, negotiate a settlement, and generate financial forms for a case.

The Calculators tab is a stand-alone tab with several quick calculators, including calculators for arrears, quick estimates of income, property division, alimony present value, and a stand-alone estimator for evaluating defined benefit pensions.