LawSoft, Inc., was formed in 1988 the same year that Congress enacted the Family Support Act of 1988. The 1988 act mandated that by 1994, all states must implement presumptive, rather than advisory, guidelines:
There shall be a rebuttable presumption, in any judicial or administrative proceeding for the award of child support, that the amount of the award which would result from the application of such guidelines is the correct amount of child support to be awarded. A written finding or specific finding on the record that the application of the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate in a particular case, as determined under criteria established by the State, shall be sufficient to rebut the presumption in that case.
Federal law also required that each state: (1) establish criteria under which application of the guidelines might be unjust or inappropriate, and require that when the decision-maker deviates from the guidelines, the decision-maker must make written findings as to why the guideline amount is unjust or inappropriate; (2) require that the guidelines be used not only to establish initial support awards, but for any subsequent modification of the award as well.
The first software program distributed by LawSoft was written to operate under MSDOS, Microsoft’s operating system. The early programs still required the user to calculate their client’s disposable income.
The next generation of software was designed to operate under Microsoft Windows, often referred to as a Graphical User Interface (GUI) operating system.
Microsoft Windows is still the preferred operating system but the current program is also available for notebook and tablet users running the Droid operating system.
In 2013, LawSoft launched a website so that updates will be available shortly after the update or updates to the Guidelines become effective.
LawSoft intends to supply the program to users who prefer to run the program from their own computer.