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Divorce

  • 14-0035883
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2004 and separated in August 2007. The parties have no children in common. OP filed for divorce in June 2014. OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging an August 2004 separation. Client filed a counter-affidavit challenging the date of separation and filed a counter-claim seeking economic relief. The marital estate includes the increase in the value of the pre-marital home and OP’s retirement benefits. OP is currently obligated to pay client spousal support.  OP has been violent towards client in the past. OP is represented by counsel. 
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
  • 090542
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in January 1972 and separated in 1983. The marital estate includes a jointly titled home.  The client had obtained a PFA against OP. A divorce action was initiated by the Client; OP has been served with the complaint and 3301(d) Affidavit. Client would like assistance in moving this divorce case to a conclusion.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation 

  • 13-0034319
    Urgent Need
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in December 2001 and separated in June 2011. The parties are the parents of two minor children.  OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce. The marital estate includes a house, a car, modest bank accounts, credit card debt. The grounds for divorce have already been approved in this case. Client would like legal assistance to protect his interests to any marital estate. An Order has been entered approving the grounds for divorce. Client’s primary language is Russian. Translation and interpretation assistance is available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Factual Investigation and Development

  • 14-0035281
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2004 and separated in February 2013. The parties have one child together, age 9. The parties have worked out all of the economic issues related to their pending divorce. The attorney representing OP prepared an agreement that the parties have already signed. OP’s attorney has already filed a divorce complaint, which has been served on the client. The client would like assistance with ensuring a divorce decree is properly entered in this case. The client’s preferred language is Russian. Translation and interpretation assistance is available upon request.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 11-0030698
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1970 and separated in March 2009 after OP allegedly physically and sexually abused Client. The marital estate includes a house in Philadelphia where Client resides, a house in Northumberland County where OP resides, financial accounts, OP’s pension, and considerable debt. Client is currently receiving alimony pendente lite; there is a divorce action pending. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Analysis of Statutes, Factual Development and Investigation.

  • 14-0035436
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client and OP were married in October 1999 and separated in February 2013. OP initiated the divorce. The parties are the parents of (5) minor children, ages 17, 16, 14, 12, and 10.  All but one child resides with the client. The marital estate includes the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, and individual debt for both parties. Both client and OP are employed, but client still qualifies for free legal assistance. Client seeks assistance obtaining her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 14-0035746
    Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 2001 and began living separate and apart in January of 2014. They are the parents of two minor children, ages 6 and 12. OP is employed, but client is not currently employed. The marital estate includes a residence in both parties' name, an automobile and motorcycle in OP’s name, and debt. OP has retained counsel and has drafted a property settlement agreement, but has not filed for divorce yet. Client is seeking an attorney for the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; Factual Development and Investigation

     

  • 14-0035732
    Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1994 and began living separate and apart in December of 2013. They are the parents of three children, none of whom are minors. The client is currently employed, but still qualifies for free legal representation.  The marital estate includes a residence in both parties' names, two automobiles in OP’s name, and debt. OP has retained counsel and has filed a divorce complaint seeking equitable division of assets and other economic relief. Client is seeking an attorney for the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; 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 is incarcerated because he assaulted client. 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
  • 13-0034923
    Divorce with Economic Issues

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in August 1984. There may be an issue regarding the date of separation. The client contends that OP left in 1991 and OP contends the separation is in 2000.  A divorce complaint was filed by the client in April 2013 and OP filed a counterclaim seeking spousal support, APL and alimony. No one has raised a claim for equitable distribution.  Neither party is currently employed. Client is currently paying a modest spousal support award to OP. Client would like assistance in finalizing the divorce. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation.