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HECHT v. HECHT. (04/16/59)

April 16, 1959

HECHT, APPELLANT,
v.
HECHT.



Appeal, No. 30, Oct. T., 1959, from order of Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace of Montgomery County, Sept. T., 1957, No. 177, in case of Jean B. Hecht v. Richard E. Hecht. Order, as increased, affirmed.

COUNSEL

Michael A. Foley, for appellant.

Thomas M. Garrity, with him Raymond Pearlstine, for appellee.

Before Rhodes, P.j., Hirt, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, and Watkins, JJ. (gunther, J., absent).

Author: Woodside

[ 189 Pa. Super. Page 277]

OPINION BY WOODSIDE, J.

This is an appeal by the mother of two children from an order entered against her former husband for the support of the children. She thinks the amount of the order is too low. So do we.

Both parties grew up in the Philadelphia area enjoying the advantages which money can give children, - beautiful homes, summer camps and private schools. They married in February 1946. Two children, Joan now ten years old, and Richard, Jr., now eight years

[ 189 Pa. Super. Page 278]

    old, were born to the marriage. While living together in Baltimore they had a full time maid, and a governess for their children.

Unfortunately, at least for the children, luxury did not bring happiness to Richard and Jean Hecht, and they separated in December 1951, executed a separation agreement in February 1952, and were divorced April 15, 1952. The father remarried in 1955, and is presently residing in Florida with his wife, their child and her two children by a former marriage. The mother has not remarried, and resides in a three bedroom apartment in Lynnwood Gardens, Elkins Park, Montgomery County with the two children.

Under the separation agreement, Jean received approximately $25,000 and the furniture from Richard. It was agreed that the children should remain in the custody of the mother, and that the father should pay the mother $325 per month for the support of the two children, and also pay for certain medical and educational expenses. As the children grew older, the mother thought they should have separate rooms, and the father voluntarily raised his monthly payments from $325 to $350 per month to cover the increased rent of a larger apartment.

Some of the children's medical expenses have been paid by each of the parties. Twice a year the father pays for the children to fly to Florida for a visit with him. He has paid approximately $300 for the children's day camp.*fn1

[ 189 Pa. Super. Page 279]

At the time of the separation agreement the father's earned income was approximately $12,000 a year and he had assets of approximately $100,000. The ...


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