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Divorce

  • 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

  • 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

  • 14-0035502
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/husband and OP/wife were married in August 2001 and separated in December 2013. They have 3 minor children. The marital estate includes a jointly titled home, with a mortgage currently in default, two cars, modest bank accounts, and debt. OP may also have a retirement account. OP is represented by counsel and initiated a divorce action in March 2014. Client would like legal representation to protect his claims to his share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Discovery Practice