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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.

Myrlys Stockdale Becomes Certified Family Law Specialist

By on July 11, 2012 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization has just certified local attorney Myrlys Stockdale as a legal specialist in family law. Ms. Stockdale, 47, is the managing attorney of the marriage and family law firm Stockdale Law Firm, Inc., located in El Dorado Hills and serving clients for the past nearly 10 years.

She is a family law mediator, and serves as court-appointed special master and court-appointed minor’s counsel in the Sacramento area.

According to the State Bar of California website, “California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.” Read more …

Voted Best Lawyer in El Dorado Hills

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

The Stockdale Law Firm is pleased to graciously accept the award of Best Lawyer/Law Firm in El Dorado Hills from the readers of the Village Life newspaper (in the April 27, 2011, Best of El Dorado Hills edition).

Our firm was founded by managing attorney Myrlys L. Stockdale in 2003. Since then, our presence in the El Dorado area has grown tremendously as has our fondness of the El Dorado Hills community we serve. Over the years, we have supported the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, the El Dorado Hills Community Vision, Inc., the El Dorado Hills CSD, the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and many other local groups and events. 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 …

Financial Disclosures (FL-150 & FL 142) Required in California Divorce

By on February 23, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Both parties to a divorce or legal separation case in California are required by law to make certain financial disclosures to each other within a reasonable time after the initial papers (Petition and Response) are filed with the court. There are both preliminary and final disclosures.

In practice, it is strongly recommended that preliminary financial disclosures be completed and exchanged by both parties before moving forward with settlement negotiations. (How can you talk about dividing assets if you don’t have a complete picture of the community estate?)  Read more …

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