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What is Our Family Wizard?

By on August 27, 2015 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , |

What is Our Family Wizard and how can it help you?

Our Family Wizard (OFW) is an online program that helps divorced or separated families effectively co-parent, but streamlining the communication process using online tools. One goal seems to be to keep children out of the co-parenting communications process.. Divorce is not easy, especially when there are children involved, and children do not need to be involved in divorce-related matters.  This program offers many features to help parents plan, organize, message and more, relieving of the stress some experience when co-parenting. . Several of the firm’s clients use this program and find great benefit in the tools.

Our Family Wizard makes co-parenting between two households more efficient. The program is available online as well as in app form for your mobile device. It also allows access for third parties and family law professionals, if desired.

The Calendar Feature

Working with two parents who have busy schedules can be challenging when there are children involved. With the OFW calendar, you can keep your family schedule in one central location. You can easily create a shared custody calendar in which you can request to trade or cancel parenting time. The other parent will receive a notification after you submit your request and can then accept or deny.

If they deny the request, the program prompts them to make a counter-request, keeping communication open and clear. If you overbook yourself or your schedules overlap, the system will alert you to let you know that you are booked to be in two places at once. This tool keeps all records for you, all at your fingertips.

The Message Board

There is a message board which is another tool for sharing information between parents. This message board is easy to manage, safe and secure and accessible.. All messages are protected and impossible to tamper with. Whenever a new email comes in, Our Family Wizard notifies you instantly, so there are no missing messages.

The ToneMeter

For emotionally charged conversations, a great tool that you can add on to your message board is the Tone Meter. This add-on helps you to identify and flag any emotionally charged sentences within your message. It gauges words and phrases against eight levels of connotative feeling and lets you know what the tone sounds like. This allows you to make corrections and adjust the tone of your message as needed.

The Info Bank

This tool keeps all of your files in one place. Whether it’s blood types, medical records, or clothing size, this tool keeps information safe and at your fingertips. Each parent can add and upload a file. Only the parent who created the file can edit or change the file, keeping confusion and manipulation out.

The Expense Log

This tool helps track expenses and payments from two separate households. You can add in one-time expenses such as medical reimbursements or recurring expenses such as child support. This tool can automatically calculate how much each parent owes on a payment. It keeps records not only of paid expenses, but also of requests for reimbursements. It will also send a notification to your message board when a payment or request has been made. It includes OFWpay, which allows parents to make electronic payments for transactions. Scheduling payments has never been easier.

The Journal

This tool acts as a virtual diary. You can keep records for yourself or anyone else. It can also act as an un-changeable personal incident log. With shared or private entries, you decide what family members will be allowed to see each entry. All entries are saved and protected in the Our Family Wizard servers.

Our Family Wizard is accessible online or through mobile apps. It is available through the Apple, Android, Kindle, and Blackberry markets, making it available for any device. With customizable notifications, Our Family Wizard is the perfect tool for any family. You can learn more about the program here.

Support as Income for your Divorce Refinance

By on March 17, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , |

I have had clients who are divorcing or divorced, who encounter difficulties when they attempt to refinance their home and they try to include support payments they receive as income to qualify for their refinance.

According to a mortgage specialist, Bill Wolfe,  who is part of my collaborative practice group, lenders are becoming more stringent about “qualifying income” in connection with refinancing as the result of a divorce.  The resource specialist shared the current lending guidelines regarding support income.  Read more …

Income and Expense Declarations (FL-150)

By on February 27, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Income and Expense Declarations (or Judicial Council FL-150) forms are used to determine a party’s monthly income and expenses, education and training, tax filing status, and the approximate values of his/her checking, savings, and investment accounts and personal and real property.

The Income and Expense Declaration can be required as part of the financial disclosures in a divorce or legal separation case, to file or respond to a support motion, or even at the request of theother party prior to the filing of a motion to modify support.  Read more …

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