The two founders of Family Law Software, Inc., Daniel Caine and Wendell Smith, were also partners in the company that developed the critically-acclaimed and best-selling income tax software program “TaxCut.”

TaxCut was a 4-time winner of PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award. TaxCut was acquired in 1993 by H&R Block, and it is now marketed as H&R Block At Home. Millions of people have prepared their tax returns using the software developed by the TaxCut team.

After working with the H&R Block tax software team for a couple of years, Caine and Smith decided to set out on their own again.

Tax calculations are very complex, but tax software makes it much simpler. The team’s skills lie in designing software that makes complex computations accessible. They also had specific skills and knowledge in tax and finance. They wanted to take these skills and write software that would make a positive difference in people’s lives, and, in a small way, make the world a better place.

Divorce is a moment when people are making critical financial decisions. Helping people make smart financial decisions at the moment of divorce can change people’s lives. It can save people from making large financial mistakes. It can set people on a better financial path.

These are the things that motivated and still motivate the founders of Family Law Software, and Family Law Software does all those things.

The financial considerations surrounding divorce are also filled with tax implications. Taxes are needed in order accurately to project the finances of both parties after the divorce. So this area seemed perfectly suited to the partners’ desires and talents.

They set out to create good, usable software that would manage all the complexity that arises in this situation and give straightforward and understandable reports that would help people understand their alternatives and make better decisions.

Family Law Software is now the leading divorce financial software in the United States. In 2011, the Association of Divorce Financial Planners gave Caine and Smith their “Pioneering” award for improving financial literacy during divorce.   Does your lawyer use Family Law Software? If not, why not? Does your mediator use Family Law Software? If not, why not?

The foregoing provides educational information and does not provide legal advice. It was not prepared for you either generally or in connection with any specific issue or case. The mediator does not give legal advice. You are responsible for obtaining legal advice from your own lawyer.