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

  • 14-0036140
    Urgent Need

    Client/mother and OP/father are the parents of two children, ages 6 and 4. Client has a PFA against OP, which includes a provision granting client primary physical custody of the children and OP partial physical custody every Sunday from 10 am until 7 pm. Client has filed for sole legal and primary physical custody of the children. OP counter-filed a petition for shared legal and shared physical custody. Client's goal is to limit children's overnight stays with OP, who has no beds for the children at his home, and to ensure that she has some weekend time with her son, who attends a residential school during the week. A hearing is scheduled for September 26, 2014 at 10:30 am before Judge Panepinto.
    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Client Interviewing

     

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

  • 14-0035085
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in September 2008 and separated in June 2013.  The parties are the parents of one minor child, age 3. Although the client is employed, she still qualifies for free legal representation. OP is employed as a cab driver. It is anticipated that OP will be represented by counsel. Client is willing to waive any claim to the increase in value on real estate situated outside the US in order to get a divorce. The client is also a victim of domestic violence.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

  • 13-0034920
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2008 and separated in October 2013. The parties are the parents of one child, age 4; the client also has two other children from a prior relationship.  The marital estate includes the increase in value on OP’s share of an inherited house and the marital portion of any retirement benefits that OP may have. No divorce action has been started to date.  OP may retain counsel.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035176
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in March 1973 and separated in December 2013 when OP was evicted from the house incident to a Protection from Abuse Order. Once the PFA order expired in February 2014, OP moved back into the house. The parties are living in separate parts of the house. Neither party is employed; both are senior citizens. OP is currently receiving his pension. The marital estate includes a jointly titled house and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce. No action has been started to date.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice. 

  • 13-0034952
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in April 2003 and separated in October 2013. The parties do not have any minor children together. The marital estate includes the increase in value on the house in OP’s name and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. There is a temporary PFA in place against OP. OP is represented by counsel. A divorce action has been initiated by OP. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and protecting her claims to economic relief.

    Core Competencies: Negotiation Skills, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035341
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 1992 and separated in May 2006. They are the parents of three children, one of which is a minor.  The marital estate includes a house in OP’s name, modest bank accounts, credit card debt, and retirement benefits. A divorce action has already been started. OP is represented by counsel.
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035402
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in September 1997. They are still living in the same house. OP has retained counsel and has filed a divorce complaint which was served on the client in March 2014.  OP also filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging an earlier separation date; the client has filed a Counter-Affidavit. There is a hearing on the date of separation scheduled for October 6, 2014 at 9 am before Master Vanore. The marital estate includes the increase in value on the house OP purchased a few years before the parties married. 

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 14-0035358
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in September 2005 and separated in February 2014. The parties are the parents of one minor child, age 7.  The marital estate includes the increase in value in a house purchased by OP prior to the parties’ marriage, a vehicle, modest bank accounts, and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits.  The client is currently employed, but still qualifies for free legal representation. OP is currently unemployed and receiving partial disability benefits. OP is represented by counsel and has already filed a divorce complaint. The client would like legal representation to perfect her claims to the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 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