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Divorce

  • 13-0034715
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in December 2009 and separated in May 2010. They have 2 children together, one of whom is a minor, age 3. There is no known marital estate. The client is a victim of domestic violence by OP.  The client would like a divorce. No action has been started to date.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings.

  • 13-0034334
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in October 2010 and separated in April 2013. The parties are the parents of two minor children, who are living with the client. OP's behavior due to a brain tumor and brain cancer resulted in the dissolution of the parties' relationship. The marital estate includes the increase in value on OP's house, where the client is residing, which was purchased two months before marriage, and the marital portion of OP's retirement benefits. OP is represented by counsel and has initiated a divorce action, which includes a claim for equitable distribution. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and her share of the marital estate.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Discovery Practice

  • 13-0034750
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in May 2002 and separated in October 2007. They are the parents of two minor children.  OP is represented by counsel and a divorce action has been initiated.  Although OP raised economic claims in his complaint, each party is likely to waive such claims to allow for the prompt entry of a divorce decree. Client would like assistance in finalizing this divorce.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 13-0034339
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in October 1999 and separated in September 2013.  OP is employed; client is not.  She currently receives SSI benefits and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. There are no known marital assets to be divided. No divorce action has been filed to date.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings 

  • 13-0034923
    Divorce with Economic Issues

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in August 1984. There may be an issue regarding the date of separation. The client contends that OP left in 1991 and OP contends the separation is in 2000.  A divorce complaint was filed by the client in April 2013 and OP filed a counterclaim seeking spousal support, APL and alimony. No one has raised a claim for equitable distribution.  Neither party is currently employed. Client is currently paying a modest spousal support award to OP. Client would like assistance in finalizing the divorce. OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation.

  • 13-0034627
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2007 and separated in February 2011. OP is represented by counsel and has already initiated a divorce action seeking only a divorce. The marital estate may include the increase in value of real estate, modest bank accounts, credit card debt, and the marital portion of any retirement benefits. OP is represented by counsel and has already initiated a divorce action. Discovery has been proceeding. Client would like assistance with obtaining a divorce and protecting her interests in any equitable distribution.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Factual Development and Investigation.

  • 13-0034272
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in December 2003 and separated in October 2010. They are the parents of one minor child, age 9. OP has retained an attorney. Although the client is employed, he still qualifies for free legal representation. There was a jointly titled house, but is was foreclosed upon and is scheduled to go to sheriff’s sale. There is no other known marital estate. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings

  • 13-0034234
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 1995 and separated in 2005.  Client is employed, but still qualifies for free legal assistance.  OP is employed by the City of Philadelphia. OP initiated a divorce action in 2005 and is represented by counsel.  The marital estate includes 3 houses, debt, and the marital portion of retirement benefits.  Client would like legal representation to protect her claims to her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Discovery Practice

  • 13-0034856
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in April 2001 and separated in March 2010. The parties do not have children together.  Client would like assistance in obtaining only a divorce. She does not want to raise any economic issues.   OP could assert a claim to the increase in value of the client's one-half interest in the house she inherited. No divorce action has been filed to date.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings; Client Interviewing

  • 13-0034099
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 2005 and separated in February 2006 when OP was incarcerated. The parties do not have any minor children together. There is no known marital estate. OP’s last known address is in Milford, PA. Client would like assistance with obtaining a divorce.
    Core Competencies: Client Interviewing, Draft Pleadings