Course Description

This course provides an overview of recent cases related to the practice of family law.  Topics include:

  • Court orders for custody evaluations
  • Grandparent custody
  • Medical marijuana use in custody
  • Standing in same sex custody cases
  • Represented parties acting pro se for specific proceedings
  • Sanctions related to discovery requests
  • Municipal pensions in MSAs
  • Death prior to entry of divorce decree and related estate issues

This course includes video recorded for the Washington County Bar Association's 2020 Winter Bench Bar. 

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Course Deadline Notice:

Axom Education will no longer be offering online CLE courses after the December 31st, 2022 compliance deadline.  Any courses purchased from October 15th, 2022 through December 31st, 2022 must be completed by January 10th, 2023 to receive CLE credit.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenters

  • Aimee Burton, Esq.; Mark Gubinsky, Esq.; and Hon. Brandon Neuman

    Aimee Burton, Esq.; Mark Gubinsky, Esq.; and Hon. Brandon Neuman

    Aimee L. Burton, Esq.
    Ms. Burton is a senior associate with the Pittsburgh firm of Vollen Anderson Long, LLC. She has experience in various areas of civil law and litigation and for the past 18 years has been focusing her practice in family law. Ms. Burton is a member of the Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, and Washington County Bar Associations. She was a member of the PBA Family Law Section Council and a co-chair of the PBA Family Law Section Legislative Committee, with her terms ending in July of 2016. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the Allegheny County Family Law Section Council and her second term as co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Family Law Section. Ms. Burton is also collaboratively trained. She received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1994 and her B.A. from Lehigh University in 1990.

    Mark Gubinsky, Esq.
    Mr. Gubinsky founded the Gubinsky Law Firm, P.C. in 2011 after previously serving as a partner and president of a family law firm in Pittsburgh. He was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America in 2013 and 2014, and included as one of the Best Attorneys in Pittsburgh for 2014 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is trained in Collaborative Law and is a founding member and past president of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He is active in various professional organizations and frequently lectures on family law topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, National Business Institute, and Cape Institute. Mr. Gubinsky obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in 1990 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1994.

    The Honorable Brandon P. Neuman
    The Honorable Brandon P. Neuman was sworn in to the Washington County Court of Common Pleas in January 2018, primarily hearing family court matters. Previously he served as Representative for the 48th Legislative District in the PA House of representatives. He served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the PA Commission on Sentencing. He sponsored a youth jobs forum in November of 2011, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. In 2013 he served as the host of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) forum, which was also the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. Judge Neuman, while in the PA House, was the primary sponsor of HB 272, requiring that sexual assault testing kits be processed in a timely manner. He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Richmond, a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and his Juris Doctorate from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • 2020 Family Law Update Course Materials
    • 2020 Family Law Update Part One
    • 2020 Family Law Update Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)