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

  • 14-0035495

    Client/Mother seeks representation with a custody matter. Client has primary physical and shared legal custody. The OP/Father has the child every other weekend and the month of July in the summer. Client missed the court date when that order was issued because she was attending her fiancé’s funeral out of state. In November 2013, client reported to the police that the OP had assaulted the child with a metal belt buckle, causing bruising to his face. There was a DHS investigation and it was determined the present custody order would remain in place; however the child refuses to spend time with OP. Client is seeking sole physical custody of the child. There is a custody hearing on December 18, 2014 at 9:00a.m. before Judge Peter Rodgers.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Negotiation Skills

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. A counter-affidavit hearing is scheduled for November 14, 2014 at 9 AM before Master Vanore.
    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Courtroom Experience
  • 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

  • 14-0035732
    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
  • 13-0034572
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 2007 and separated in March 2013. They are the parents of two children ages 5 and 4. The marital estate includes the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits and debt. No divorce action has been initiated. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and her share of the marital estate. 
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035054
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 1982 and separated in October 2011. OP is represented by counsel and OP has initiated a divorce action. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled house, a car, modest bank accounts, credit card debt, and any retirement benefits that OP may have. Client would like assistance in obtaining her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation