2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 23 - DOMESTIC RELATIONS
Chapter 31 - Preliminary Provisions
3102 - Legislative findings and intent.

     § 3102.  Legislative findings and intent.
        (a)  Policy.--The family is the basic unit in society and the
     protection and preservation of the family is of paramount public
     concern. Therefore, it is the policy of the Commonwealth to:
            (1)  Make the law for legal dissolution of marriage
        effective for dealing with the realities of matrimonial
        experience.
            (2)  Encourage and effect reconciliation and settlement
        of differences between spouses, especially where children are
        involved.
            (3)  Give primary consideration to the welfare of the
        family rather than the vindication of private rights or the
        punishment of matrimonial wrongs.
            (4)  Mitigate the harm to the spouses and their children
        caused by the legal dissolution of the marriage.
            (5)  Seek causes rather than symptoms of family
        disintegration and cooperate with and utilize the resources
        available to deal with family problems.
            (6)  Effectuate economic justice between parties who are
        divorced or separated and grant or withhold alimony according
        to the actual need and ability to pay of the parties and
        insure a fair and just determination and settlement of their
        property rights.
        (b)  Construction of part.--The objectives set forth in
     subsection (a) shall be considered in construing provisions of
     this part and shall be regarded as expressing the legislative
     intent.

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