Smokeball Makes Upgrades for Family Law Firms!

//Smokeball Makes Upgrades for Family Law Firms!

Smokeball is thrilled to announce that development is complete for three exciting new layouts affecting the Custody, Support & Visitation, Pre Decree, Post Decree, and Parentage family law matter types in the following states: IL, CA, NY, PA, GA, and FL.

These new layouts are the result of a year-long project by Smokeball’s team to improve the experience for family law firms. This work ensures that Smokeball remains the software leader for small family law firms throughout the country. The layouts are as follows:

SUPPORT DETAILS (Pre Decree, Post Decree, Parentage)

Support Details allows family law firms to enter information related to Child Support and Spousal Support, including:

  • date fields for the beginning/end dates of support payments
  • a date field for the last time an Order was modified
  • an amount field
  • a dropdown menu for the payment frequency
  • a dropdown menu establishing the Obligor/Obligee relationship
  • a checkbox for whether the support is temporary


CHILD SUPPORT DETAILS (Custody, Support & Visitation)

Child Support Details is new to the Custody, Support & Visitation matter type.  It functions exactly the same as the above Support Details layout, and lives on the matter level for the above state’s Custody, Support & Visitation matter types.



This new sub-layout lives under the parties’ respective Employer contact cards.

It contains fields for pertinent information as to the party’s employment, and lives under the role’s employer card to allow for multiple employers and details to be entered on the same matter.  The ultimate goal is to provide more information to family law firms at the click of a button.  It also allows for smarter documents when generating family law forms and letters automatically from Smokeball.

We’re so excited to provide these new layouts to our family law clients, and we look forward to continuing to innovate based on our clients’—who live and work in Smokeball every day—feedback and requests.

By |July 25th, 2019|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.

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