The updated version improves upon Moms.com in several ways:
- New Solutions: Being a new exercise, solutions to California Family are not searchable on the web, unlike Moms.com.
- Modern Storyline: The storyline depicts a 21st-century family that better reflects the interests of today's audience.
- Streamlined Lesson: The amount of time participants need to spend on arithmetic has been reduced, while keeping the analytic insights.
- There is an added emphasis on thinking about the future relationship upon reaching a contract.
- Updated Teaching Notes: In addition to teaching guidance for the exercise, the updated documentation provides more details on each of the improvements mentioned above.