Available Cases

VIP offers the unique opportunity to positively affect the lives of low income Philadelphia residents. We provide resources to assist you throughout the case, including mentors, interpreters, law students and training materials. VIP has included potential core competencies that staff anticipate volunteer counsel would achieve by taking the case, but these experiences are not guaranteed. Every VIP case provides an opportunity for direct client contact and case management. Join the VIP team by taking a case!

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Custody

  • 15-0037364
    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of three children, ages 1, 2, and 4. The client is a victim of domestic violence and OP is represented by counsel. On April 30, 2015 client filed a complaint for primary physical custody of the children. On June 8, 2015 OP also filed a complaint for primary physical custody of the children. A hearing was scheduled for January 5, 2016 but was rescheduled by the court for September 30, 2015 at 9:00am in front of Judge Fowler. On June 15, 2015 OP filed a petition for expedited relief and a hearing was scheduled for September 11, 2015 at 9:00am. Client would like an attorney to provide her with representation at the upcoming hearings. 
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Client Interviewing
     

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

  • 15-0036958
    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

  • 15-0037068
    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
     
  • 15-0036905
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in November 2013 and separated in November 2014. OP has a history of domestic violence against client. Client is not employed; OP is employed. Client is currently in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy for the mortgage on the home that she purchased before the marriage. OP owns a car and has a 401(k) plan and union pension. OP has counsel and has filed a divorce complaint. Client is seeking spousal support from OP.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings, which will first include requesting that bankruptcy court lift the automatic stay.  A VIP mentor is available to assist with bankruptcy and family law questions.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Client Interviewing

     

     
  • 15-0036957
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in October 1980 and separated in April 2013.  Client and OP have two adult children.  OP is unemployed; client is employed but still qualifies for free legal representation.  OP is represented by counsel.  The marital estate consists of a house, a car, client’s pension, OP’s pension, and debts.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies:  Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 15-0037108
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in November 2011, but separated in January 2015. The parties have one minor son in common. The marital estate may include client’s vehicle, bank accounts and debts. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client seeks assistance with filing for divorce and with divorce proceedings.  
    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation
     

  • 15-0036800
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in June 2013, but separated in October 2014. They have no children in common. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, bank accounts and debts. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP and obtained a protection from abuse order against him in 2015. Client currently lives in a safe house in New Jersey but is able to come to Philadelphia for meetings and hearings. OP still lives in Philadelphia. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings and to protect her interest in the marital estate.
    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation