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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 13-0033864
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in July 2010 and separated in October 2012. There are no minor children. Both parties are employed; however, the client still qualifies for free legal representation.  The marital estate is modest and the client is willing to have a divorce decree entered so that each person keeps the assets in his or her respective name. No divorce action has been started to date.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

  • 13-0034674
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in April 2005 and separated in May 2007. They are the parents of one minor child, age 8. Neither party is employed. The client lives in Philadelphia and OP resides in Hockessin, Delaware. There is no known marital estate. The client would like assistance with obtaining a divorce. No divorce action has been filed to date.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings