No. 1485 October Term, 1978, Appeal from Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon County, Criminal Division, entered March 31, 1978 at No. 359, 1977.
Robert Sullivan, Jr., Lebanon, for appellant.
Robert C. Rowe, Lebanon, for appellee.
Van der Voort, Hester and Wieand, JJ.
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Presently before the court is appellant's appeal from the order of the lower court dated March 31, 1978, wherein it was found that appellee and appellant were married and appellant therefore owed a duty of support to the appellee.*fn1
This action was initiated by appellee's filing of a complaint for support for herself in the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division, on September 23, 1977. Appellee represented in her complaint "That the (Appellee) and (Appellant) were married on Common Law Marriage lived together for 9 years (August, 1968)" (sic) (T-1a).
On October 18, 1977, the lower court convened a hearing and took testimony on the issue of whether appellee is the common law wife of the appellant herein; for if she is, she would be entitled to support.
On March 31, 1978, the lower court issued its order and accompanying opinion wherein it found "That a common law
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marriage is supported by the record and, therefore, (appellant) owes a duty to support (appellee)." (T-41a).
On April 28, 1978, the instant appeal was taken from said order, invoking the jurisdiction of this court pursuant to the Appellate Court Jurisdiction Act of July 31, 1970, P.L. ...