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Divorce

  • 15-0036957
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/wife and OP/husband were married in October 1980 and separated in April 2013.  Client and OP have two adult children.  OP is unemployed; client is employed but still qualifies for free legal representation.  OP is represented by counsel.  The marital estate consists of a house, a car, client’s pension, OP’s pension, and debts.  Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies:  Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings
     

  • 15-0037108
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in November 2011, but separated in January 2015. The parties have one minor son in common. The marital estate may include client’s vehicle, bank accounts and debts. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client seeks assistance with filing for divorce and with divorce proceedings.  
    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation
     

  • 15-0036800
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in June 2013, but separated in October 2014. They have no children in common. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, bank accounts and debts. Client has suffered both physical and emotional abuse from OP and obtained a protection from abuse order against him in 2015. Client currently lives in a safe house in New Jersey but is able to come to Philadelphia for meetings and hearings. OP still lives in Philadelphia. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings and to protect her interest in the marital estate.
    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0037212
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband married in May 2005, but separated in 2013. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s annuities, client’s vehicle, a jointly-titled house, pension accounts, bank accounts and debts. There is a PFA order against OP. Client seeks representation to file for divorce and to protect her interest in the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Drafting Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0037267
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife seeks a divorce from OP/Husband. There is currently no divorce action filed. Client and OP were married in December 2010 and separated in May 2015 after OP physically abused client. Client currently has a PFA against OP, which expires in August 2016. The martial estate includes a house jointly purchased in 2010, a vehicle, and bank accounts. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings to protect her interest in the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills

  • 15-0037265
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in December 2005 and separated in April 2015. They have three children together ages 4, 2, and 1. Client has suffered physical and emotional abuse from OP. Client has a temporary PFA against OP. OP is employed. Client is not employed. OP is represented by counsel and filed a divorce complaint in June 2015. The marital estate consists of a car, credit cards, and OP’s retirement fund. Client is seeking an attorney to represent her in the divorce proceedings.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiation Skills
     
     
  • 15-0037296
    Equitable Distribution

    Wife/Client and Husband/OP were religiously married in 1999 and civilly married in 2005. Client and OP have two minor children together. Client suffered emotional and physical abuse from OP. Client’s PFA order against OP recently expired. The marital estate may include a business titled to OP, two vehicles, and school debt. OP is represented by counsel and originally filed a divorce complaint in 2007. Client filed a pro se counterclaim on July 16, 2015. Client is seeking an attorney to help represent her in the divorce proceedings.  

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Negotiating Skills

  • 15-0037216
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client needs assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in August 2002 and separated in April 2007. Client and OP have three minor children, all of whom live with client. OP has signed a quitclaim deed giving Client the house they jointly owned. Client seeks to file for divorce in order to qualify for modification of her mortgage. Client is unsure whether there is marital estate to divide as she does not know OP's finances.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Client Interviewing

  • 15-0036908

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife married in July 2004, but separated in September 2012. They have one teenage daughter in common, who lives with the OP. The marital estate may include the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, a jointly-titled home, pension accounts, vehicles, bank accounts and debts. Client and OP are both employed. Client seeks representation in divorce proceedings and to protect his interest in the marital estate. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 15-0036682
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution
    Client/Wife and OP Husband were married in 2003 and separated in 2011. They are the parents of two minor children. OP, who is employed and represented by counsel, has already initiated a divorce action. Client would like assistance in perfecting her claims for economic relief, in obtaining her share of the marital estate, and obtaining a divorce. The marital estate includes the marital portion of OP's retirement benefits, debt, modest bank accounts, and motor vehicles. 
    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings