Available Cases

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Custody

  • 15-0036956
    Urgent Need
    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of four children, ages 13, 9, 7, and 4. Client and OP had PFA orders against one another in the past. The custody case has been contentious; OP’s contact with children was previously limited to supervised visits. OP filed for contempt in September 2014 when client failed to bring children to the court nursery. Client mistakenly believed that she did not need to bring the children because she filed a petition to modify the order to suspend OP’s supervised visits. The current interim order from March 2015 gives OP partial physical custody every other weekend and orders him to take the children to counseling on off weekends. OP has missed several counseling sessions and returned the children very late one Sunday night. Client believes that OP is exposing the children to inappropriate sexual behavior. Client does not want children to have overnight visits with OP. Client has also been ordered to undergo an in-depth psychological evaluation. A custody trial is scheduled for July 13, 2015 at 9:00 am before Judge Jackson. OP is represented by counsel. 
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills
     
  • 15-0037137
    Urgent Need
    Custody

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are parents of one child, age 13. In 2011, Client was granted full custody of the child after OP left the city and cut off contact with Client and the child. Under the current custody order, which was entered in February 2015, Client and OP share legal and physical custody. However, OP has withheld the child from Client for six weeks and Client has been unsuccessful in her numerous attempts to return her daughter home. OP currently has a PFA order against Client. In April 2015, OP filed a petition to modify the custody agreement, which is scheduled for July 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM before Judge Rogers.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

Divorce

  • 14-0036527
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband had been partners for over 18 years before they legally married. They married in December 2009, but separated in January 2010. They continued to live in the same house, but were not intimate with each other. Both parties have a history of domestic violence. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, bank accounts, the increase in value in a home that OP inherited, and debts. Client is not employed. OP may be employed. Client has filed for spousal support. Client needs assistance with filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings to protect her interest in the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0036554
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in March 2001 and separated in October 2014. Client and OP have one 15-year-old child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client has a final PFA against OP which expires in November 2017.  OP is currently employed, client is not employed. The marital estate includes a home titled to OP, a vehicle, a bank account, and credit card debt. Client is seeking and attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings. Client is Spanish speaking. Interpretation assistance is available.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 15-0036638
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in July 2001, but began to live separate and apart in the same household in 2004 in a house they rented together. After the client purchased her own house in 2006, she moved into her own home in 2007.  Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP; a domestic violence case is pending. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement, and debts. Client and OP are employed, but client still qualifies for free legal assistance. Client needs assistance with filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings to protect her interest in the marital estate. The client’s primary language is Spanish. Interpreting assistance is available upon request.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation
  • 15-0036801
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 2008 and separated in January 2015. They are the parents of two minor children. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled house, cars, modest bank accounts, the marital portion of OP's retirement benefits, and debt. The client is not employed; OP is employed by the Department of Defense. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce action. The client is also the victim of domestic violence and has a temporary PFA against OP. Client would like representation in this divorce action.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings​
  • 15-0036958
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in July 2011 and separated in July 2012. Client and OP have no children in common. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. OP is a Philadelphia Police Officer. OP has a PFA against client. OP filed for chapter 13 bankruptcy on May 14, 2012 in both of their names and client is concerned she will have to make payments. Client was served with a divorce complaint in 2012 and another legal services agency assisted client in filing a counter-affidavit. Client seeks assistance with this matter.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0036548
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client needs assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in February, 1999 and separated on July, 2012. Client and OP have three minor children, all of whom live with the client. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. There is a PFA order in place against OP. Client is unsure whether there is marital estate to divide as she does not know OP's finances. Client is Arabic speaking. Interpretation assistance is available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0036855
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in December 2008, and separated in November 2014.  They have two young children.  Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP.  Client has a PFA in place against OP.  Both client and OP are employed, but client still qualifies for free legal representation.  Client currently receives child support from OP. OP filed a divorce complaint in April 2015. OP is represented by counsel. Client does not wish to pursue equitable distribution. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings. Client speaks conversational English but would prefer an Arabic interpreter for any legal terminology; interpretation and translation services are available upon request.  
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

     

  • 15-0037068
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1990 and separated in 2012. They have two children, ages 20 and 10. Client is currently receiving child support from OP. Client is not employed; OP is employed.  The marital estate includes a jointly titled house, a car, OP’s pension, an IRS debt, and credit card debt. OP is represented by counsel. Client has filed a 3301(d) counter-affidavit stating that she does not oppose the entry of a divorce decree. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
     
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice