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Divorce

  • 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.

  • 13-0034572
    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

  • 14-0035569
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2002 and separated in February 2014. The client is a senior citizen. The marital estate includes a jointly-titled house, modest bank accounts, motor vehicles, the marital share of OP’s retirement benefits, and credit card debt.  OP is represented by counsel and has already filed a divorce complaint. The client would like legal representation to protect her claims to the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 13-0034647
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 2005 and separated in August 2011. They are the parents of two minor children, ages 6 and 3. Although there may be some debt that was acquired during the parties' marriage, the client is willing to forego any claim to equitable distribution in order to get a divorce decree entered promptly.  OP is employed; the client is also employed, but still qualifies for free legal representation.  OP was represented by counsel and filed a divorce complaint in June 2013. There were mutual PFA’s entered in this case, which expired in July 2013. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce.
    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 13-0034816
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married July 1980 and separated June 2007. The marital estate includes motor vehicles, the marital portion of any retirement benefits, and debt. OP is represented by counsel and a divorce action was started in April 2013. Client would like assistance obtaining the entry of a divorce decree, the division of the marital estate, and alimony.

    Core Competencies:, Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 13-0034679
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in April 2006 and separated in July 2013. They are the parents of two children ages 11 and 6. The marital estate includes a house that may go into foreclosure, the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits, debt, and motor vehicles. The mortgage on the house is in OP’s sole name. While OP has expressed willingness to transfer house to the client, but refuses to communicate with the mortgage company to keep the house out of foreclosure.  OP initiated a divorce action pro se in Philadelphia County. Client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 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. The marital estate includes the increase in value on the house OP purchased a few years before the parties married. No court date has been scheduled for a hearing on the date of separation issue.

    Core Competencies: Courtroom Experience, Factual Development and Investigation