Release notes for version 12.04 build 401, November
This release has general enhancements and updates to
screens for state child support calculators.
Mortgage interest deduction. Under a little
noted provision of the tax law, if a property is held in joint title,
each party may deduct half of the mortgage interest paid, regardless of
who actually pays it. If the parties are separated or divorced, the
difference between the amount actually paid and the amount deducted
counts as alimony (paid or received, as the case may be). If the
software now supports the ability if to have mortgage interest deducted
if this way, and the difference automatically credited to alimony. On
the “more info” screen from the real estate details screen, quick a
check box at the top of the page relating to this situation.
Overnights calculator. In states where the number of overnights
is officially a part of the child support guideline calculation, we now
provide a calculator. The calculator adds the number of overnights per
week plus number of overnights every two weeks plus number of overnights
per month plus overnights per year and reports that total number of
overnights. The calculator pops up on the same line where the number of
overnights is entered.
File management. We have introduced the notion of a client sub
folder. If you wish, the software will now automatically create a client
subfolder each time you start a new client file. Thus for example if the
client’s name is Mary Jones, the software will create a folder called
“Jones_Mary” under the default folder. If you are creating several
versions of marriage ounces data, and you click “Save as,” they will all
be saved in the Mary Jones folder. This will make it easier for you to
organize all the files for a particular client.
Default folder. We have changed our approach to default folders.
Previously, the default folder was whenever folder the most recent file
was in. Now, the default folder is what you set it to be, and it does
not change unless you explicitly change it.
He Said/She Said Report. This report now features totals at the
Real estate expenses "per residence." In Illinois, Pennsylvania, and all
states except CT, FL, NJ and RI, you may now enter real estate expenses
"per property." These expenses will be totaled on the Budget Report and
Generic Affidavit. In Illinois, the expenses will flow on a "per
residence" basis to the Disclosure statement.
What If Analysis. There is a new option, “Totals Only.” At the
bottom of the screen, we show just cash available for living expenses
and after-tax cash. We have also added a number of "help buttons" to
explain the inn's and outs of this screen.
Expenses on the Lawyer Tab. On the Lawyer tab, in all states
except CT, FL, NJ, NY, and RI, we improved the layout of the screen for
entering expenses. The improvement consists of breaking the screen into
several subtabs, thus making each screen shorter and making it easier to
find what you are looking for. In the states where we have not yet
improved the screen, the reason is that the state affidavit is heavily
intertwined with the current layout for data entry.
Property Division. Separate debts no longer display. We displayed
them based on customer request, but it was confusing to other customers.
Connecticut child support
Reorganization. We have reorganized the Connecticut child support
screens, to make them if quicker and easier to use.
Taxes on Official Affidavit. Sometimes, the tax numbers you would
enter directly on the Income data entry screen were not carrying to the
Official Affidavit. That has been fixed.
Florida child support
Reorganization. We have reorganized the Florida child support
screens, to make them if quicker and easier to use.
Pop up help. We have put a number of pop up help buttons throughout the
Florida child support screens, to answer questions people may have as
they are entering information.
It is now possible to enter real estate expenses with each real estate
property. Properties will be separately listed on the Disclosure
New Jersey Child support.
On the "shared" custody screen, we moved the entry for specifying
which parent is PPR for shared custody calculation to just below
children, Use "first entered" child's custody to set PPR.
Child Support: Children screen. We added a note below shared
custody to indicate if shared does not apply on account of failing the
household income test.
New Jersey Case Information Statement
Now you may press Ctrl+B to "bold" the texts to right of expenses on
New Jersey Forms
Certificate of Insurance: added "note" option below lines 2 and
NJ Confidential Litigant form. Changed the second health block to
"Dental care provider" from "Health Care Provider"
New York Net Worth Statement
Education expenses. Previously, the net worth statement
automatically itemized education expenses. However, that was confusing
where there were also footnotes. We no longer itemize education expenses
on the net worth statement.
Pennsylvania child support.
We have simplified the screens and moved most of the text on the screens
into pop-up help.
Rhode Island child support.
It is now possible to specify that you want alimony received on account
of the current relationship to be included in gross income. Separately,
you may specify that you want alimony paid on account of the current
relationship to be included as an expense.
In tax calculations for child support, if the exemption was
“Alternating” and father was first, we were showing mother as the party
in the first year. Fixed.
In New Jersey shared custody cases, we were not always setting the
Parent of Primary Responsibility correctly. Fixed.
On the New Jersey Paternity Form, we are now correctly setting the
fathers name in the case when first party was mother.
In New Jersey, there were some overtyped lines in printing. Fixed.
In Connecticut, the Flexible Affidavit income total was doubling some
numbers and omitting others. Fixed.
In the Florida child support guideline calculator, the bottom line was
not always updating with each entry. Fixed.