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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Divorce

  • 14-0035238
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 2003 and separated in August 2012. They do not have any minor children together. Although OP has a PFA against the client, the client is also the victim of physical abuse by OP.  The client receives SSI and OP was previously employed by SEPTA.  The marital estate may include the martial portion of OP’s retirement benefits, at least one car, and the proceeds from a law suit in which OP was involved. OP is represented by counsel and has filed a divorce action. The client would like assistance obtaining her share of the marital estate.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 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

  • 110085
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 2009 and separated in June 2010. OP works in construction as a day worker and also works at an area restaurant. The client is not employed, but receives SSI. Client suffers from considerable medical problems. The marital estate may include the increase in value in OP’s pre-marital real estate and modest bank accounts.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Factual Development and Investigation

  • 13-0034226
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in March 2007 and separated in March 2012.  They do not have any minor children together. The marital estate includes any increase in value of the client’s pre-marital home, which was in foreclosure, financial accounts, debt, and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. A divorce action has been initiated already and OP is represented by counsel.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Negotiation Skills

  • 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

  • 14-0035299
    Urgent Need
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in July 2009 and separated in August 2013, although OP alleges the date of separation was in 2010. They have one minor child together, age 5. The parties have protection from abuse orders against each other that were entered by agreement. OP also has pending criminal charges against him for his actions which also gave rise to the PFA; OP is participating in the Domestic Violence Diversion Program. The marital estate includes the increase in value in OP’s pre-marital house, and the marital share of OP’s retirement benefits. A complaint was filed by OP only seeking a divorce; the client filed a counter-affidavit challenging the date of separation and indicating her desire to raise economic issues. Client would like assistance in protecting her claims to equitable distribution and representation at the hearing related to the date of separation. OP is represented by counsel. There is a hearing before Master Vanore incident to the date of separation scheduled for July 28, 2014.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Discovery Practice

  • 14-0035672
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in February 2005. OP filed for divorce in 2012. OP was living with client up until June 8, 2014, when OP moved out of the former marital home; however, OP filed a 3301(d) Affidavit alleging a different date. Divorce decree was recently entered and client would like assistance in getting the decree opened so that she can obtain economic relief. The client is not currently employed; OP is employed. The marital estate would include the increase in value in OP’s pre-marital real estate and the marital portion of OP’s retirement benefits. OP is represented by counsel.

    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

  • 14-0035176
    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