Available Cases

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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

    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
  • 14-0036565
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in June 2005 and separated in October 2014. Client and OP have no children in common. Client has suffered severe physical and emotional abuse from OP and is currently living in a women’s shelter with her minor daughter from another relationship. Client has a final PFA against OP. OP owns a construction business; client is not employed. OP filed for divorce in November 2014. Another legal services agency assisted client in filing a counter-affidavit, answer, and counterclaim. The marital estate includes multiple vehicles, including several OP uses for business purposes, bank accounts, and credit card debt. Client is Portuguese-speaking. Interpretation and translation assistance is available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Discovery Practice
     
  • 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​
  • 15-0036734
    Divorce - No Assets
    Client seeks assistance with a divorce matter. Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in October 2010 in a refugee camp and separated in January 2013. Client and OP have 3 minor children in common. OP has been physically abusive toward client in the past. Client is currently living in a shelter with the children. Client needs assistance with filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings. Client is Arabic-speaking; interpretation and translation services are available upon request. 
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings
     
  • 15-0036958

    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

    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

  • 15-0036823
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client seeks assistance in a divorce matter.  Client and OP were married in New York on February 14, 2013 and separated on November 22, 2014. The marital estate includes a home and a timeshare, both of which were acquired during their marriage but list OP as the sole owner.  The marital estate may also include debts incurred by OP.  OP obtained a PFA against client, and client is not permitted in the residence.  Client was served with a petition for divorce with equitable distribution.  OP is unemployed. Client is employed, but still qualifies for free legal assistance. OP is represented by counsel.  Client needs representation in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Client Interviewing
     

  • 15-0037028
    Divorce - No Assets
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in February 2002 and separated in December 2002. OP is from a foreign country and started physically abusing client soon into the marriage after he received his green card. OP was arrested for molesting client’s eldest daughter from a previous relationship but was eventually acquitted. Client and OP have a 12-year old daughter together, and client also has a 20-year old daughter and a 4-year old son. Client is not employed; OP is employed. Client receives child support from OP. OP is represented by counsel and has filed a divorce complaint. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies:  Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings