Available Cases

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Divorce

  • 14-0035341
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 1992 and separated in May 2006. They are the parents of three children, one of which is a minor.  The marital estate includes a house in OP’s name, modest bank accounts, credit card debt, and retirement benefits. A divorce action has already been started. OP is represented by counsel.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035402
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in September 1997. OP has retained counsel and has filed a divorce complaint which was served on the client in March 2014. Although OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging an earlier separation date, to which the client filed a Counter-Affidavit, the parties have agreed to sign Affidavits of Consent. The marital estate includes the increase in value on the house OP purchased a few years before the parties married. Client would like assistance in perfecting claims for alimony and equitable distribution.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035238
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2003 and separated in August 2012. They do not have any minor children together. Although OP has a PFA against the client, the client is also the victim of physical abuse by OP.  The client receives SSI and OP was previously employed by SEPTA.  The marital estate may include the martial portion of OP’s retirement benefits, at least one car, and the proceeds from a law suit in which OP was involved. OP is represented by counsel and has filed a divorce action. The client would like assistance obtaining her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035716
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in 2005. They have been living apart, but in the same house, for one year. They have three children. OP served client with a divorce complaint for equitable distribution. OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging separation in January 2010. Client filed a counter-affidavit challenging this date of separation. Client is not a citizen. He has been the victim of domestic violence by OP. OP is represented by counsel. Client is seeking an attorney to represent him in the divorce proceedings. He wishes to remain married and is not interested in obtaining assets. 
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035792
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2012 and have lived separate and apart since November 2013. Client and OP have two minor children. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client has a PFA against OP. OP was incarcerated for assaulting client; he has been released and is believed to be living in New Jersey. Client needs assistance in filing for divorce and seeks representation in divorce proceedings. The marital estate includes the increase in the value of the pre-marital home.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
  • 14-0035978
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in November 1997 and separated in January 2012. Client and OP have one adult child. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce action. Client has filed a 3301(d) affidavit contesting OP's alleged date of separation and a counterclaim seeking division of assets. The marital estate includes a car, bank account, pension, tax debt and the deficiency judgment resulting from the sheriff’s sale of the former marital home.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0035363
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in September 1997. They have no children. OP retained counsel and filed for divorce in October 2006. However, client claims that they did not definitively separate until 2009. The marital estate includes a house, a mortgage, at least one vehicle, modest bank accounts, a water lien, and credit card debt. Client would like assistance obtaining his share of the marital estate. OP has indicated an intention to file a motion to force the sale of the house; however, no petition has been filed to date.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Negotiation Skills

     

  • 14-0036030
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2001. There is a dispute regarding the date of their separation. OP initiated a divorce action and is claiming a separation date in 2007. The client has filed a Counter-Affidavit and a counterclaim seeking economic relief.  The client is employed, but still qualifies for free legal representation. OP is employed by SEPTA.  The marital estate includes a car and the marital portion of each party’s retirement benefits. OP is represented by counsel.  There is a hearing scheduled on December 15, 2014 at 9 am before Master Vanore on the issue of the date of separation.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Discovery Practice

     

  • 14-0035970
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in February 2006 and separated in September 2009. They have one minor son in common. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce. Client was served with interrogatories. The marital estate includes a jointly titled house, the increase in value in a pre-marital property titled to the OP, OP’s bank account, the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, and debt. Client is currently not employed; OP is employed. Client seeks representation to protect his interest to any marital estate and to explore the possibility of pursuing a claim for spousal support.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0036090
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in October 1983 and separated in June 2007. The parties have no children together, and neither is currently employed. OP is retired and receives two pensions. Client, who is elderly and awaiting a liver transplant, currently receives support from OP. Client was previously the victim of domestic abuse from OP, but does not have a current PFA order in place. The marital estate includes a house, a car, and bank and credit card accounts. Both parties have liens with the IRS. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and the appropriate economic relief.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice