At the bottom of each page of a Bradley Software child support worksheet (and each included report, like the “Income Tax Considerations Adjustment Report”) you’ll find a copyright notice which includes a reference to “Version xx.xx.xx” followed by our website address (URL).
KS2016 Version 29.02.17 Copyright @ 1992-2016 Bradley Software LLC www.BradleySoftware.com
The significance of the version number is that it tells you how “up to date” was the software which was used to prepare the worksheet (and allied reports).
In the weeks following the release of a new Administrative Order, we find ourselves very busy updating the prior version of the software to reflect our understanding of any changes made in the new Guidelines.
Admin Order 284 was one that really kept us hopping, because there were extensive changes in things like the Income Tax Considerations Adjustment (See our blog item “What Happened to the ITC Adjustment?”)
So if your worksheet was prepared with a higher version number than your opponent’s (e.g. 29.02.17 vs 29.01.16), you can be sure that yours was generated by the most recently cross-checked, reviewed, updated, and error-free software we’ve been able to create.
This same observation applies to our “single-case” web-based child support calculator (www.ChildSupportTools.com), frequently used by pro se litigants, and lawyers who don’t have our professional version.
It pays, therefore, to check the version number in the copyright notice, and to heed the warnings that your software should be updated.
BTW, although many judges use our software on the bench, you should also check the version number on the Judge’s worksheet to be sure it’s up-to-date. Sometimes, in the press of managing a busy docket, update warnings get overlooked by the IT department.