Duquesne Law Review


John M. Ridlon


The Pennsylvania Adoption Act of 1970, effective 1 January 1971, consists of six articles by which the preceding Adoption Act as amended is "repealed absolutely," along with "all other acts and parts of acts... insofar as they are inconsistent" with this Act.' Though there are varied substantive changes which will be dealt with infra., one prominent feature of the new Act is worthy of note at the outset. From the lengthy, sometimes unclear paragraphing of the previous act has come a concise statement of the law in the pattern of the Estates Act of 1947. This structural format is, in itself, laudable were nothing else accomplished. A great deal has been accomplished, however, and this paper shall cover at some length a number of these accomplishments.

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