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DIPADOVA v. DIPADOVA (03/27/73)

SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: March 27, 1973.

DIPADOVA
v.
DIPADOVA, APPELLANT

Appeal from order of Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County, Jan. T., 1972, No. 139, in case of Patricia DiPadova v. Amil DiPadova.

COUNSEL

Lawrence G. Zurawsky, with him R. H. Buchman, and Thomas E. Rodgers, for appellant.

Joseph M. Loughran, with him Loughran & Loughran, for appellee.

Wright, P. J., Watkins, Jacobs, Hoffman, Spaulding, Cercone, and Packel, JJ. Cercone, J., dissents.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 223 Pa. Super. Page 409]

Appellant husband was ordered to pay for the support of appellee wife and their two children, despite the fact that at the time of the hearing in the court below appellee and the children were residing in the same household as appellant.*fn1 Appellant contends that Commonwealth v. George, 358 Pa. 118, 56 A.2d 228 (1948), standing for the proposition that where a husband and wife (and their children) are living together in the same household and the husband provides the necessaries for that household the courts will not direct the husband to pay support nor become a sounding board for domestic financial disagreements, is controlling here. We disagree with appellant's argument and agree with the trial court (Judge Richard E. McCormick) that the instant case is not controlled by the George case.

The opinion in George specifically states that: "We are not now required to determine the power of a court to enter an order where, although the parties reside under the same roof, the husband neglects or refuses to provide food, clothing and reasonable medical attention

[ 223 Pa. Super. Page 410]

    to his wife and family." 358 Pa. at 124. The trial judge implicitly concluded that the facts here place the case within the intent of this exception, holding that: "The husband here has decided that he will support his family in the manner that he decides. He also pursued a course of conduct that degrades and humiliates his wife forcing her to stay in the same household if she is to live and eat overlooking his transgressions just so that she can survive. This Court does not believe that she must do this. If she chooses to go her own way with her children, he must support her all the same." (R. 13a). We agree with the lower court and, after carefully reviewing the record, hold that the instant case is distinguishable from George on its facts.

The order of the court below is affirmed.

Disposition

Order affirmed.


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