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

  • 14-0035037
    Custody hearing before a Judge

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of a child, age 8 months.  Because the client had tested positive for drugs, DHS initiated dependency proceedings against the client.  The client had willingly let OP have the child with the understanding that the parties would share custody of the child.  In November 2013, the client filed a custody complaint. In December 2013, each party obtained a final PFA Order against the other party.  The PFA order provides that the client is to have supervised partial physical custody of the child at 1801 Vine Street. According to the client, OP has missed some of the scheduled partial custody times, so she filed a contempt petition. The client has completed parenting classes and voluntarily continues in an outpatient drug program. The DHS matter was closed.  There is a hearing scheduled before Judge Jackson on August 6, 2014 incident to the client’s custody complaint and her contempt petition.

    Core Competencies: Factual Development and Investigation, Courtroom Experience

  • 14-0035222
    Custody hearing before a Judge

    Client/Mother and OP/Father have one minor child together, age 3.  Under the terms of the current custody order, OP/MGM has primary physical custody of the child with the client having supervised physical custody at such times as the client and OP/MGM agree. The client has filed a petition for contempt and a petition to modify to obtain primary physical custody of the child. OP/MGM is represented by counsel. There is a hearing scheduled before Judge Jackson for June 26, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 13-0034774
    Custody hearing before a Judge

    Client/Father and OP/Mother are the parents of one minor child, age 10. By Court order, OP has primary physical custody of the child and the client has partial physical custody.  OP is seeking Court permission to stay in Florida with the child. There is a relocation hearing scheduled before Judge Joseph on August 26, 2014 at 9 a.m. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Court Experience, Analysis of Statutes

  • 13-0034992
    Custody trial before a Judge

    Client/Mother and OP/Father are the parents of one child, age 3.  The current custody order provides the client is to have primary physical custody of the child and OP is to have partial physical custody during his days off. OP is employed by the City of Philadelphia and is represented by counsel. There are cross-petitions to modify and a petition for contempt pending. All matters are scheduled for a trial before Judge Rogers on June 18, 2014 at 9 a.m. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation 

Divorce

  • 13-0034455
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in October 2009 and separated in February 2013. The parties are parents of two minor children who are living with the client. There is no known marital estate. At the time of the parties’ separation, OP was threatening suicide. The Client had OP civilly committed for 72 hours. OP also suffers from blackouts and seizures. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce. The Client anticipates OP will consent to the entry of a divorce decree.  
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

  • 12-0031039
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in 1995 in China and separated in 2005. Both parties reside in Philadelphia.  The parties have three minor children together.  OP is employed; the client is not.  The marital estate includes the increase in value in the former marital residence, a car, and modest bank accounts.  No divorce action has been started. Client seeks legal representation to obtain a divorce, division of property and financial support for herself. Client’s primary language is Cantonese.  Interpreting and translation assistance is available upon request.  
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings and Analysis of Statutes
     

  • 14-0035063
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in January 2007 and are living separate and apart in the same house. OP is represented by counsel; OP filed a divorce complaint on November 27, 2013 alleging a separation in July 2007. Although OP did not request equitable distribution, there may be assets to divide including the marital portion of the house in which both parties live and OP’s retirement benefits. The client has filed a Counter-Affidavit alleging the parties have not been separated for more than 2 years and requesting economic relief. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 13-0034597
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in February 2002 and separated in July 2011. They are the parents of two minor children, ages 16 and 14.  The client currently has a PFA against OP. The only known marital asset is the increase in value on client’s pre-marital home; however, client is interested in just pursuing a divorce. No divorce action has been initiated to date.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing; Draft Pleadings

  • 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

  • 13-0034676
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in February 2008 and separated in April 2012. The parties have no minor children together. There is no known marital estate. Client has a PFA against OP which expires in 2015. OP is currently incarcerated in the Philadelphia House of Corrections awaiting trial on drug-related offenses. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings