Course Description

This course provides an overview of relevant changes to rules and procedures and case law updates for family law practitioners. Please note that some, but not all, of the material presented is specific to Washington County.  Topics include:

  • 2022 changes to Washington County Divorce and Custody Offices
  • Changes to economic model for support
  • Comparing the old and new support calculations guidelines
  • Changes to the 30% custody presumption for support
  • Federal changes impacting support
  • Changes to Washington County Local Rules and Judge Pettit's procedures

This course includes video recorded from a combined live/Zoom presentation from the Washington County Bar Association Bench Bar in the spring of 2022.

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 Presenter

  • Judge Jesse Pettit and Sharon Francis, Esq.

    Judge Jesse Pettit and Sharon Francis, Esq.

    Judge Jesse Pettit is the Family Court Judge for the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County.

    Sharon Francis, Esq. is the Director of Domestic Relations and the Administrator of Family Law for the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Family Law Update 2022 Handout (Printing Optional)
    • Family Law Update 2022 Part One
    • Family Law Update 2022 Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)