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  • q-iconMy spouse and I do not agree on many things. Can I use DivorceHelp123 if my divorce is contested?

    Yes. DivorceHelp123 online software creates necessary documents required by the Court which may be used with a contested divorce, whether you represent yourself (pro se) or you retain an attorney to represent you. In reality, very few divorces are actually uncontested, and many who go that route give up on a fair settlement.

  • q-iconI want to use an attorney but I haven’t picked which one. Can I sign up for DivorceHelp123 now, and add my attorney later so that we can collaborate online?

    Yes. DivorceHelp123 can be transferred from “do-it-yourself” to attorney, attorney to “do-it-yourself”, and from one attorney to another without additional charge, as many times as you need.

  • q-iconCan I use DivorceHelp123 if I want to use an attorney who does not use DivorceHelp123?

    Yes. You can provide your completed DivorceHelp123 forms instead of the paper forms.  DivorceHelp123 forms are better and more complete.  Be aware that even if you submit perfect forms to your non-DivorceHelp123 attorney they may transcribe them anyway, and you will pay them for this data entry.

  • q-iconThe mother of my children and I were never married and now we are splitting up. Does DivorceHelp123 work for me?

    Yes.  Your case is called an  “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities”, often abbreviated APR.  APR cases require similar Court forms as divorce cases, such as a Sworn Financial Statement and Child Support Worksheet.  DivorceHelp123 will walk you through the process of your APR case.

  • q-iconIf I want to go back to modify child support because of a change in income or parenting time, do I have to fill out all those same forms again?

    Yes. You have a Modification of Parental Responsibilities matter, which requires a Sworn Financial Statement and a Child Support Worksheet.  Once you enter your information into DivorceHelp123, you can simply login to the system and update any information that has changed.

  • q-iconWhat if I have questions… does DivorceHelp123 provide someone who can help me?

    Yes.  Besides our everyday language, clear instructions, QuickHelp, and ShowMe videos, DivorceHelp123 offers several forms of Customer Support with a real human being: Help Desk tickets, LiveChat, and phone support.  DivorceHelp123 Customer Support will help with legal information and how to use the online questionnaire. We do not give legal advice as we are not hired to represent you.

  • q-iconHow long will it take to for DivorceHelp123 to complete the documents and get them to me?

    DivorceHelp123 is the only truly online software application that not only accepts your information but generates your documents programmatically.  That means you select Print and you create your own instantaneous documents.  You can see what they look like and modify them until they are how you want them.  It also means that you can update the information any time you want, as many times as you want during your matter, and re-print.  This is very important because certain documents such as the Sworn Financial Statement are required to be submitted towards the beginning of your divorce, and an updated version must be submitted again at the time of your hearing.

  • q-iconDo you guarantee that the forms DivorceHelp123 creates will be accepted by the Court?

    Yes.  Family Law attorneys have been using DivorceHelp123 documents for several years, with thousands of documents submitted to the Court.  Not one DivorceHelp123 document has ever been denied by the Court.  While you (and your attorney, if you have one) are responsible for the information you enter, DivorceHelp123 guarantees that the document formats are Court approved.

  • q-iconWhat services are included with DivorceHelp123?

    Currently DivorceHelp123 includes:
    The Sworn Financial Statement with user-defined options including page breaks
    Certificate of Service
    Certificate of Compliance with detailed disclosure information
    Oath
    Financial Summary Report
    Exact Child Support calculation
    Child Support Worksheets A and B
    Exact Spousal Support calculation
    Spousal Support Worksheet
    BOTH Spousal Maintenance AND Child Support exact calculation
    Scenario Comparison Report
    Multiple Children Different Parenting Plans with Different Primary Parent Offset Report
    Multiple Children Different Parenting Plans with Same Primary Parent Overnights Calculation
    Split-the-Difference Scenario
    Instructions & Templates Customized for Your Case Type:
    Filing Your Divorce
    Separation Agreement
    Parenting Plan
    Research & Decisions Guide
    Events, Tasks & Documents Guide
    12 language translations
    Exclude functionality
    Calculate from detail functionality
    Documents with state Court relevant statutes and cases
    QuickHelp
    ShowMe Videos
    Help Desk
    LiveChat
    Telephone support
    Separate Property Calculations
    Data linking — optional and defaulted according to statutes — between different documents
    Health Care Calculation
    Gross Income Calculation
    Marriage Duration Calculation according to statute
    Maintenance Duration Calculation according to statute
    Courts database
    Attorneys database
    Frequency conversion calculations for income detail
    Grouping or itemizing of utilities, housing and transportation expenses, and income deductions
    Add and define “Other” categories
    Income QuickHelp written by licensed divorce financial planner
    QuickViews
    Asset Summary and Detail views
    Next, Tab, and Right Menu navigations
    To Do tracking
    Show Formulas functionality
    Show Intermediary Calculations
    Legal Responsibility for Other Children exact calculation
    Child Support Modification functionality
    Optional Extrapolate functionality for high incomes
    Support Worksheets printed as Court approved filing documents or as exhibits during a hearing  DivorceHelp123 is always adding more helpful documents and features.

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    DivorceHelp123 costs $147, with a special introductory offer of $97.  This fee includes unlimited access to the DivorceHelp123 online application for the entire duration of your legal matter: updates of your data, printing of your documents, Customer Support, transfers to or from law firms (if needed).  DivorceHelp123 will store your “flat” data after your matter is over.  You can continue to view and print your data and documents and it will be available if you need to start a new legal matter to modify something such as child support.  A new matter fee is required for new legal matters.

  • q-iconHow is DivorceHelp123 different from other online divorce services I have found?

    1. DivorceHelp123 is the only truly web application that not only accepts your information — dynamically changing the questions asked based upon your state and your matter — but also generates the documents programmatically. Other “Online Divorce” services are not actually online divorce software services… they are divorce legal services offered via an online website. Or they are simple forms posted online — no better than the forms provided by your Court — and certainly not dynamic web applications. Or they are actually archaic desktop software that you have to download and decipher their old fashioned spreadsheets.

    2. DivorceHelp123 can be used for contested divorces. Contested divorces do not qualify for most online divorce services. In reality, not many divorces are uncontested. You are getting a divorce for a reason, and often you will feel as though your spouse will not be fair. Also, children, divisions of assets, and support can be very complicated and you may not know all the ins-and-outs and it is usually wise to at least have a qualified Family Law professional review and give some guidance on these issues. We have seen many people simply want to stop the fighting and get the divorce over with; and they may settle for less than to what the law says they should be entitled.

    3. DivorceHelp123 is the only service that can be used with an attorney, collaborating online with your data and documents. Most online divorce services are only for pro se, “Do-It-Yourself” divorces. Or a desktop application requiring complicated importing, overwriting changes, version problems, and no effective way to collaborate on the information. DivorceHelp123 provide THE MOST EFFICIENT, EASY AND ACCURATE way to collaborate with your attorney.

    4. You can try DivorceHelp123 for free before buying. Most online divorce services require you to buy the service before even looking at it. Do you wonder what their spreadsheets look like that they do not even include a demo video or screenshot so you can see what you are getting?

    5. With DivorceHelp123, you generate your own forms. Most online divorce services accept the forms you complete and then they enter your data into your state’s forms, all at once. This means that, with DivorceHelp123 you can print and see what your documents look like and modify them as many times as you want until they are how you want them. It also means that you can update the data as it changes (Got a property appraised and now you have a value? Changed your mind on parenting time? New child care expense now that you have gone back to work?). It also means that you can have a divorce professional review your agreements to see if they line up with your state’s statutes say are an equitable settlement.

    6. With DivorceHelp123, you can try various scenarios and see how it affects child support and/or spousal support and compare them side-by-side in a Scenario Comparison Report. No other divorce software offers this helpful functionality.

    7. DivorceHelp123 provides specialized calculations, functionalities, and documents that no other divorce software or service provide, and some that are rarely provided, such as:

    No Other Service Offers these DivorceHelp123 Features
    Scenario Comparison Report
    BOTH Spousal Maintenance AND Child Support exact calculation
    Multiple Children Different Parenting Plans with Different Primary Parent Offset Report
    Split-the-Difference Scenario
    12 language translations
    LiveChat
    Separate Property Calculations
    Data linking — optional and defaulted according to statutes — between different documents
    Attorneys database
    Grouping or itemizing of utilities, housing and transportation expenses, and income deductions
    Income QuickHelp written by licensed divorce financial planner
    ShowMe Videos
    To Do tracking
    Show Formulas functionality
    The Sworn Financial Statement with user-defined options including page breaks
    Show Intermediary Calculations

    Rarely Offered

    Courts database
    Certificate of Compliance with detailed disclosure information
    Multiple Children Different Parenting Plans with Same Primary Parent Overnights Calculation QuickHelp
    Marriage Duration Calculation according to statute
    Frequency conversion calculations for income detail
    Add and define multiple “Other” categories
    Asset Summary and Detail view
    Exclude functionality
    Calculate from detail functionality
    Next, Tab, and Right Menu navigations
    Optional Extrapolate functionality for very high incomes
    Print as exhibit
    Financial Summary Report

    8. Since DivorceHelp123 is online, you can access it anywhere you have an internet connection, on any type of device including mobile phones and tablets. Most “online” divorce services are actually only online for the website and initial questions but require you to download applications or forms to fill out on a local device.

    9. Since DivorceHelp123 is online, you don’t have to worry about your partner finding any of your confidential information. With other services, forms on your local machine or papers you print are easy to stumble upon during the transition of separating.

    10. Since DivorceHelp123 is online, your information is secure. It is nearly impossible for an individual to provide the amount of security that DivorceHelp123 provides for your confidential data.
    11. Since DivorceHelp123 is online, you get to benefit from many helpful web services such as: LiveChat and Google translations. Other services that are not online cannot provide this value. DivorceHelp123 is adding more and more web services that help you.

    12. DivorceHelp123 has the best user experience. We are constantly updating the user interface: when we get feedback for improvements or get the same question over and over again, we make improvements to make it more intuitive; we utilize the best and latest technologies to give you the best user experience, updating constantly to always stay current and cutting edge.

    13. Since DivorceHelp123 is online, we can update the software with fixes and new functionality easily and any time. With divorce software that is not online you have to worry about having an old version with bugs or out-dated forms, and old fashioned update programs.

    14. DivorceHelp123 securely stores your data online so that when it is time to modify child support or spousal support you only need to modify what has changed. With other services, if they even offer post-decree modifications, you must start over from scratch.

    15. DivorceHelp123’s mission is a paperless, efficient divorce, so that you can spend more time on more important things. While we haven’t gotten everything off of paper yet, we are moving in that direction. How many trees do other divorce services chop down to do what they do?

Help With Your Divorce

Before

During

After

  • Calculate how much child and spousal support you will pay or receive

    Use DivorceHelp123’s Child & Spousal Support Exact Calculator for free

  • Learn about different decision-making methods

    If you retain an attorney, your attorney will explain the different methods available. However, before hiring an attorney is it good to learn the different methods and ask about the method or methods you think would work best for you.

    Not all attorneys are qualified or comfortable with certain methods.  Following are the divorce methods available in Colorado:

    Litigation- (most common): Both of you are represented by a lawyer, and key decisions are made by a judge.

    Mediation – Neutral facilitators conduct discussions with you and your spouse, with or without attorneys present, to see if agreements can be reached.  Some sort of mediation is typically done before or during all of the other methods.

    Arbitration – Decisions are made privately outside of court, by an Arbiter agreed upon by the divorcing couple.

    Collaborative- You and your spouse will not go to court.  You strive to reach a settlement through meetings with professionals.

    Uncontested- You and your spouse agree to everything

    Which Method is For You?

    Determining which method to use for your divorce proceedings as well as hiring various divorce professionals are two of the first questions you will need to address with your attorney.  These decisions, as with any legal decision, depend on many factors specific to your case as well as the laws in your state, so your attorney should be the one to give you advice on this.  For a further discussion to begin your understanding of some of the factors involved with determing which method is the best for you, sign up to receive DivorceHelp123’s free booklet, Your Divorce Trail Guide: From Base Camp to the Summit of Hope.

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Our free booklet contains many helpful topics including:

  • Hierarchy of Divorce Needs
  • What to Expect in the Legal Proceedings: Money and Children
  • Divorce Methods in Colorado & Factors to Help Decide Which Method is for You
  • Divorce Lingo Explained
  • Preparing Your Financial Records & Documents
  • Help With the Expense Section of Your Financial Statement
  • Help With the Income Section of Your Financial Statement
  • Help With the Assets Section of Your Financial Statement
  • Help With the Debt Section of Your Financial Statement
  • Help With the Child Support Worksheet
  • Help With the Spousal Support Worksheet
  • Decide whether you will use an attorney or not

    Reasons to use an attorney, if you can afford one:

    In many cases you cannot afford to NOT use an attorney, because it is usually more expensive to undo something done wrong than to get it right the first time.  Even if you and your partner are likely to be reasonable and agree on most/all decisions, do you know everything that you need to consider?

    For example:

    •   What should you do about retirement accounts such as 401Ks or IRAs?  Do you know what a QDRO is and how to do one?
    •   What should happen with military benefits?
    •   How can you divide assets and calculate child support and spousal support such that you have the lowest overall tax consequences?
    •   What are all the different decisions to consider for parenting time and decision making?

    You should probably use an attorney if:

    •   You have a business
    •   You have several assets
    •   One or both parties are in the military
    •   Combined marital income is very high
    •   One or both parties are unreasonable (more on this below)
    •   Power imbalance between the parties (more on this below)
    •   One party or any of the children have disabilities
    •   One party has not worked or makes too little income to support himself or herself and children and it is a marriage over three years

    On the other hand, a mediator and/or divorce financial planner with a deep understanding of Family Law and related child and financial issues can help you consider everything you might not think about on your own, and make decisions based upon statutes that will hold up in Court.  Many mediators and divorce financial planners use DivorceHelp123 with their clients, so you can sign up and then transfer to a DivorceHelp123 mediator or financial planner or find one here (link to attorneys list).

    If one party is not likely to listen to a mediator or be reasonable, consider that a mediator cannot make final decisions.  That means that you could go down the path of mediation and after quite some time, be faced with the decision to either settle for something unreasonable or have to start over with attorneys. The unreasonable party typically benefits in a mediation scenario because they will be obstinent and leave the reasonable party the difficult choice to settle on something unfair or start the whole process over.  This is also true when there is an imbalance of power in the relationship.  If there has been any history of abuse (you may not know that you are being abused but you can go to this website to learn more – coming soon page) or if one party has a strong, aggressive, manipulative, persuasive, or dominant personality, and the other party is more agreeable, mediation will most likely lead to an unfair settlement.  Consider the future of the more reasonable, agreeable party as well as the best interests of the children when deciding on mediation… probably not a good idea in this case.

    Another option is to give a mediator the power to decide.  Both parties must agree on this in advance and the decisions are typically unmodifiable (like they are in Court).  The decision maker, in this case, is an Arbiter.

    If you have no children, few assets, have been married for a short time, your partner and you will agree on most things, and you have a decent competence with instructions, forms and planning,  you probably do not need an attorney unless you want the extra help.

  • If you want to use an attorney, interview now.

    Whichever attorneys you or your spouse has a consultation with, the other party cannot use. It is unethical for you to consult with all the good attorneys in town but you should interview at least three or until you find one who is qualified and with whom you feel comfortable. Consider the nature of your spouse and whether he or she might consult with all the good attorneys in town to prevent you from obtaining good counsel. Think through what you would like to ask during the interview.  We’ve put together a list of Attorney Interview Questions to help you get started.

  • If you need a loan, complete it before filing.

    Lenders do not like to lend money to people who are going through a divorce or are litigants in any lawsuit. If possible complete loans before filing.

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    Do you specialize in divorce, or is Family Law just a part of your practice? Tell me about your experience in Family Law. What kind of continuing education have you received in Family Law? How well do you know the decision-makers (experienced attorneys will know how various judges, magistrates, and arbiters react to various arguments, personalities, and have a good idea of what they will decide on many issues) and other professionals in my county?

  • 2

    What methods of divorce do you commonly practice? What method do you recommend for my case?

  • 3

    What is your strategy for my case? How long will it take to resolve my case? How many cases like mine did you handle in the last year? How many of those cases went to trial?

  • 4

    How long do you take to return phone calls or emails? How do I get a hold of you if there is an emergency? What do you consider to be an emergency?

  • 5

    What technologies do you use to help make the process easier and more efficient? Do you use paper questionnaires and forms for me to fill out; send hard copies of disclosures; store my documents in paper files? May I see the forms, questionnaires, and disclosures I will need to complete/provide? Do you use software located on your computer? What do you charge for data entry? What do I do when I have questions about how to complete these and how do you bill for these questions? How much do you charge for paper copying? Will I receive electronic copies of all my documents?

  • 6

    What do you do to keep my information confidential and secure? What security does your office use, physically and also electronically, to prevent access to my files stored in your office? What security do you use to protect my information when you bring my electronic files on your laptop out of the office?

  • 7

    Will you be my primary attorney or will you delegate legal responsibilities to another attorney within your practice? Will anyone else in your office be working on my case? What experience do they have? Can I meet them? Who will do the negotiating parts of my case? Who will represent me in Court?

  • 8

    May I have a copy of your fee agreement? What are situations when you might bill me at a combined rate for the same hour with another person on your staff? What is your retainer up front and what is your policy for replacing it? How do you charge for travel?

  • 9

    Will you be recommending any other professionals for my case (accountants, mediators, parenting coordinators and/or psychologists)? What costs other than your own do you expect will be involved, and how will you charge me for them?

  • 10

    What’s your estimate of the total cost to me of this divorce? (Do not be alarmed that most divorce attorneys will resist answering this question as the cost of the divorce depends greatly upon the level of conflict in your case. However, the way in which the attorney answers this question may help you size up the attorney. An honest attorney will often answer that it is difficult to estimate the costs in advance, or give you an amount that is fairly high if there is a lot involved with your case. An attorney that gives you an unrealistically low amount may just be trying to get your business).

  • 11

    Do you allow me to negotiate directly with my spouse? How can I keep the cost of my divorce down? Are there tasks that I can do myself to cut down on the amount you will charge?

  • 12

    Will I have input in decisions concerning strategy in my case? Will I be kept informed of all developments?

  • 13

    Based on what you know about my case, how would you predict a judge or arbiter would rule on it? What problems do you foresee arising in my case?

  • 14

    What can you do to help me understand the tax effects of the decisions I will have to make?

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