There can be many advantages to using a family law software in your custody case and there are many various types of software programs that have been developed to help with family law and custody cases. Some of the programs allow you to create child custody agreements. Others help you calculate child support payments. Many family law attorneys use these programs in their cases, and more and more parents are downloading them and finding them to be helpful.
There are a number of programs that help you create your child custody agreement. Oftentimes the programs will let you set up a basic, rotating custody schedule and the program maps it on a calendar for any length of time you specify. This lets you play with the calendar and try out different options for visitation and custody. Because there are so many programs available, you want to make sure that you get the software that lets you do everything you need to. Some of the programs calculate time share percentages and overnight percentages while you create your calendar. This is important for the parents to know how much time they have with the children, and it also can help you figure out child support payments. You also want to make sure that the interface is intuitive and easy to use. The nicer programs let you click and drag on the days of the calendar to create visitation days and special events. They should also allow you to easily put in the holiday schedule you want. Again, the better programs will have a list of the holidays that you allocate to each parent--and the program applies it to the calendar. Then you can print off your calendar and have all of the custody and visitation time laid out (with different colors of days for mom and dad).
Along with creating a custody and visitation schedule, a good program will let you include provisions and stipulations for your child custody agreement. These are the basic rules that the parents want each other to follow while raising the kids. It can include that the other parent is notified when a parent gets the child a passport. Or, the other parent can request an itinerary when a parent takes the child on vacation. Some programs have a list of provisions that you can check if you want included, and sometimes you can even add your own personal ones.
Child support software is also another important part of the family law software. Every state uses a software to accurately calculate child support payments. It can be helpful for parents to get this software so they can know how much child support they will be paying. Using a combination of the programs, many parents find that they can lower their child support payments. This is because almost every state uses some form of time share percentages or overnight percentages to calculate the child support. However, these numbers are very difficult to calculate. Many times the courts estimate or guess these percentages. A parent who has a software that figures these numbers out according to the calendar can know exactly how much the child support should be. The parent can also try several different custody and visitation schedules to figure out how to lower the child support payment.
Family law software is being incorporated by more and more attorneys, and divorced parents are also finding it useful. Look through all of the options before purchasing a software to make sure that it can help you with your case. If it's possible, download a free trial of a program so that you can try it out before you buy it. Then you can put it to work to help with your custody issues.