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� 1 Satish Tripathi (father) appeals the February 8, 2001 Order awarding him and Gauri Tripathi (mother) shared legal custody of the parties’ eight-year-old daughter, Pooja, primary physical custody to mother and partial physical custody to father.

� 2 The parties married in 1986 and separated in 1999. On December 22, 1999, father filed a complaint for custody. As father resides in California, an award of custody in his favor would have required relocation of Pooja from Pennsylvania to California.

� 3 The evidence presented at the custody hearing established that both parents are appropriately focused on the well-being of Pooja. Mother has been Pooja’s primary caretaker for the majority of the child’s life and Pooja has never been separated from mother for any extended period of time. Mother is a hematologist/oncologist and has been employed by UPMC at Uniontown Hospital in Fayette County, Pennsylvania for the past six years. Mother has a single-family residence in which she, Pooja and the child’s maternal grandmother reside. The evidence shows Pooja has a good relationship with her grandmother, who provides childcare when mother is working and Pooja is not in school.

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