NO. 1063 PITTSBURGH, 1981, Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, of Allegheny County, at No. 2307 of 1980.
Joseph M. James, Pittsburgh, for appellants.
Helen Margaret Tremont, Pittsburgh, for appellee.
Popovich, Montgomery and Van der Voort, JJ.
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Orie N. Long, Sr. and his wife, Georgia Long, natural parents of Mary Lou Long (birthday June 21, 1973) appeal from the order of Judge Tamilia granting custody of the child to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zankel*fn1 and denying appellants' visitation.
The child and two sisters were adjudicated dependents in August 1978 in Crawford County; in the present proceedings a stipulation of dependency was entered on the record.*fn2
On January 7, 1981, the case was ordered continued to February 4, 1981 with the child "to remain in the custody of the Paternal Uncle and Aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Zankel." Similar deferments were made from February 4, 1981 to April 1,
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; then to May 13, 1981; and to June 4, 1981. Provision was made for visitation by the parents on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Finally, on September 11, 1981, the present order was entered ordering that the child "remain in the custody of the Paternal Uncle and Aunt and visitations to be denied with natural parents."
Appellants' Brief refers to four "Questions Involved." In essence, the contentions of error are two-fold:
1. That the lower court refused to hear testimony from a business associate, and a niece of the husband-appellant, tending to show that the appellants (separated in January, 1981) had since reconciled and had established a reasonably stable family relationship; and
2. That the lower court terminated visitation rights ex parte without prior notice to appellants, on the basis of a letter from a case worker and a telephone ...