Carl Roberts

Founder

Carl, like many others, knew his marriage was ending but was completely naïve as to how bad it was about to get. They had two kids, he was a great dad and a good guy but he hadn’t a clue. Everything immediately went off the rails and the game was on.  Nothing made sense and he was powerless to protect his family from the devastation that was heading their way.  10 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars later, Carl dedicated his life’s mission towards trying to protect other families from similar fates.

Combining his technology career with his court experience, Carl rose above his own case to study why and how things got so ugly.  The problem was multifaceted: the court’s discovery/disclosure process was completely broken; custody battles were never about the child, but about the parents; and, divorce can make good people very bad actors.

Divorce is an equal opportunity arena where men, women, and children are harmed every day.  Carl is dedicated to disrupting the divorce process so that even less than amicable couples can get divorced and preserve a future where their children can thrive in the love and support of both parents.  Divorce should be where families win, not the lawyers.

Our Origin Story

Carl, like millions before, found himself powerless to protect his family from an unnecessarily ugly divorce that spun out of control.  He was emotionally and financially devastated as he watched his world fall apart and his children suffer from being caught in the middle of their parent’s conflict.  Through his 10-year, six-figure experience as a high conflict litigant, Carl felt like family court was nothing more than a modern-day Gladiator arena where no one won – except the lawyers. He focused on why and how this had happened reasoning that the only way to help prevent others from experiencing a similar fate, he had to understand the root causes of it all.

In his last court round, the lightbulb came on.  The discovery/disclosure process in divorce was completely broken. Instead of protecting the common good, the system allowed lawyers a way to spiral costs out of control and often rewarded deceitful litigants. Combining his technology career with his court experience, Carl redefined discovery to ensure everyone was compliant with court rules and were transparent with one another.

Carl’s most important mission was to help families avoid custody battles.

Why could amicable parents figure this out but others could be so easily steered into conflict? Surely, we all wanted a peaceful future with our kids but how did the system, and society, encourage custody battles? Despite the best interest of the child statutes, custody battles were rarely, if ever, about the child.  The unintended consequences of combining the subjectivity of “best interest” with financial incentives of custody was pitting good parents against each other to fight for custody. The solution was simple. Eliminate the financial incentives of custody and focus support on the child’s wellbeing so that parents would be freed to make schedules and parenting plans that worked best for the whole family without penalty. Parents and children alike were rewarded when their parents were respectful and flexible with one another.

Divorce is an emotional time when even the best of us can get tripped up by our own self-interests, bad advice from friends or attorneys or, in many cases, mental health issues (narcissism, sociopathy, borderline personality disorders) to make our divorce emotionally and financially devastating.  In an ugly divorce, no one wins except the lawyers.

Originally designed for the worst of the worst divorces, SplitSmart has evolved as the guardrails to help keep families on the straight and narrow path to a successful divorce.  Through organization, transparency of data and positions, and focusing on the tasks at hand, the emotions and expenses of divorce are kept in check. We believe organization and transparency are the antidotes to an ugly divorce, even when one may be tempted to go down that more difficult, acrimonious road.

If property division is part of your divorce, then your financials have to get organized. If you have children, the best gift you can give them is a future where they can thrive in the love and support of both parents.  Make it easy on yourself and your family with SplitSmart.

liz merrill
liz merrill
22:32 13 Jul 21
This program is so useful - I have many clients who struggle with getting their documents in order, organized, and shareable. This is a great way to keep things transparent and streamlined...in that way, it really does help reduce conflict! Totally recommend.
Blakelee Huddleston
Blakelee Huddleston
00:24 21 Dec 18
Looking for a family law software, look no further.  SplitSmart includes a discovery platform, settlement organizer and an approach to parenting plans and child support that is revolutionary for family court. Creating parenting plans without the financial incentives of custody is the key to reaching child-centered, co-parenting friendly and conflict-free agreements that simplify the future.  Truly amazing and long overdue!  Congrats SplitSmart!
Josh G
Josh G
14:01 18 Dec 18
Probably like you, I have many friends and family, men and women, who have been through an awful divorce.  The reality is that divorce should be a good thing.  When people, caught up in their emotions, try to get the upper hand or win in divorce, they often end up hurting themselves.  SplitSmart treats the discovery process of divorce more like applying for a mortgage which helps minimize emotions and make it more of a business transaction.  SplitSmart not only organizes you but helps organize your attorney as well saving you BIG money!  Best recommendation ever!
Justin Molina
Justin Molina
19:07 17 Dec 18
Protecting kids should be the most important thing for divorcing parents.  Unfortunately, the way child support is calculated, it puts kids directly in the middle as a financial prize in their parent’s conflict.   SplitSmart has come up with an inventive way to take the kids out of the middle, called Child Shares.  Everyone wants to support their kids but no one wants to support their ex’s lifestyle through child support.  Child Shares is an expense sharing model, focused on true expenses related to the kids, and a savings model where each parent can invest in their kid’s future.  By focusing on the kid's wellbeing instead of the ex’s, conflict and litigation quickly go away.  Ingenious!
Joseph Larson
Joseph Larson
03:16 17 Dec 18
We all know the cliché of nobody wins in divorce except the lawyers.  Most of the time, that is because bills spiral out of control because of the discovery process.  Lawyers trying to get disclosures out of their own clients is hard enough.  But getting it from opposing parties can take ridiculous amounts of time and money.  SplitSmart would have saved me thousands through its discovery platform. Sworn financial statements are automatically created and easily updated and all supporting documents are there.  Asset/debt worksheets are created, bank and credit card accounts are automatically updated and current and income & expenses are side by side for comparison.  SplitSmart should be required for every divorce lawyer and every couple going through a divorce!

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