Course Description

This course includes the quadrennial Child Support Guideline Review and a discussion of other proposed rule changes related to support, custody, and divorce.

This includes significant proposed changes to the support guidelines, including elimination of the 30% child custody presumption, amendments for apportioning additional expenses, and amendments to the low income support calculations.


This course includes video recorded from the Washington County Bar Association's 2021 Winter Bench Bar.


Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


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 Presenter

  • Bruce J. Ferguson, Esq. and Honorable Brandon P. Neuman

    Bruce J. Ferguson, Esq. and Honorable Brandon P. Neuman

    Bruce J. Ferguson, Esq. is Counsel for the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, Attorney Ferguson had been in private practice for over 16 years, nine years of which were at The Ferguson Law Office, LLC, in Washington, PA, where he concentrated his solo practice in family law and juvenile dependency cases. Before starting his own law office, Attorney Ferguson was an associate attorney with the family law firms of Johnson, Dawson and Associates, PC in Washington, PA, and Raphael Ramsden and PC in Pittsburgh, PA.

    The Honorable Brandon P. Neuman was sworn in to the Washington County Court of Common Pleas in January of 2018, primarily hearing Family Court matters. He previously served as a Representative for the 48th Legislative District of the PA House of Representatives since 2010. He served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the PA Commission on Sentencing. He sponsored a youth jobs forum in November 2011, the first of its kind om Pennsylvania. Judge Neuman, while in the PA House, was the primary sponsor of HB 272, requiring (among other things) that sexual assault testing kits be processed in a timely manner. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, B.A., Criminal Justice, received a Master's Degree and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

    Sharon Francis, Esq., Moderator is the current President of the WCBA Family Law Section and is the Director of Domestic Relations for the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • 2021 Support Update Reference Materials (Printing Optional)
    • 2021 Support Update PowerPoint (Printing Optional)
    • 2021 Support Update Part One
    • 2021 Support Update Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)