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SCURO v. SCURO (04/03/74)

SUPERIOR COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: April 3, 1974.

SCURO
v.
SCURO, APPELLANT

Appeal from order of the Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, of Allegheny County, No. D-130 of 1969, in case of Elizabeth A. Scuro v. Joseph Scuro.

COUNSEL

Louis Vaira, with him Frank D. DiCenzo, for appellant.

John L. Bailey, for appellee.

Wright, P. J., Watkins, Jacobs, Hoffman, Cercone, and Spaeth, JJ. (Spaulding, J., absent.) Opinion by Jacobs, J.

Author: Jacobs

[ 226 Pa. Super. Page 592]

In this appeal by a husband from an order directing him to pay $300 per month for the support of his wife the appellant advances two arguments. He claims that the wife, in a separate divorce proceeding, was found to

[ 226 Pa. Super. Page 593]

    have committed adultery and for that reason is not entitled to support. He also argues that, since the parties were at all times living together and the husband was supporting the wife, she is not entitled to support.

We cannot give any consideration on appeal to the defense of adultery because it was never raised in, or considered by, the court below. Altman v. Ryan, 435 Pa. 401, 257 A.2d 583 (1969).

However, the transcript of the hearing reveals that at that time the parties were living together in their jointly-owned house, with the husband paying all the bills and giving his wife $20 per week. Under those circumstances, the appellant was not neglecting to maintain his wife and could not be subjected to an order.

This case is controlled by Commonwealth v. George, 358 Pa. 118, 56 A.2d 228 (1948). In that case the parties were living together and it was said: "[W]here, as here, the husband provides a home, food, clothing and reasonable medical attention, he cannot be directed to pay a given stipend to the wife so that she may have it available for her own personal disposition." Id. at 124, 56 A.2d at 231. That holding has been followed by us in Commonwealth ex rel. Glenn v. Glenn, 208 Pa. Superior Ct. 206, 222 A.2d 465 (1966), and Commonwealth ex rel. Gauby v. Gauby, 223 Pa. Superior Ct. 92, 289 A.2d 745 (1972).

The fact that this proceeding was brought under The Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Support Law, Act of July 13, 1953, P. L. 431, 62 P.S. § 2043.31 et seq., does not alter our holding. Although Commonwealth v. George, supra, and the cases following it were based on the obligation to support as prescribed by § 733 of the Act of June 24, 1939, P. L. 872, 18 P.S. § 4733,*fn1 the

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    obligation involved here is the same. In Commonwealth ex rel. Krouse v. Krouse, 221 Pa. Superior Ct. 13, 289 A.2d 233 (1972), we determined that The Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Support Law provided no substantive rights and that such rights were in that case to be determined under the common law and the above-cited Act of 1939.

Order reversed.

Disposition

Order reversed.


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