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Divorce

  • 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

  • 13-0034862
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in August 1978 and separated in March 1991. The parties do not have any children together. Although there may be retirement benefits and debt in the marital estate, the client does not want to raise any economic issues. No divorce action has been filed to date. Client would like assistance obtaining only a divorce.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings and Client Interviewing

  • 13-0034617
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in June 1994 and have been living separate and apart in the same household since October 2013.  The parties do not have any minor children. There is a history of domestic violence against the client. The marital estate includes a house in OP’s sole name, motor vehicles, credit card debt, OP’s retirement benefits, and other debts. It is expected that OP is going to be represented by counsel. No divorce action has been filed to date.

    Core Competencies: Discovery Practice, Draft Pleadings 

  • 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

  • 13-0034517
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Husband and OP/Wife were married in March 1999 and began living separate and apart in the same household in 2008. They began to live in separate households in May 2009. The parties are the parents of two minor children, ages 17 and 15. There is no known marital estate. The client is not employed and receives SSI; to the best of the client’s knowledge, OP is employed. A divorce action was initiated previously by the client seeking only a divorce. The client would like assistance in the preparation of the remaining paperwork for the entry of a divorce decree.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 13-0034932
    Divorce - No Assets

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 1999 and separated 1 day later. There is no known marital estate given the short length of the marriage. The client is a victim of domestic violence and currently has a PFA against OP. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce.

    Core Competencies: Draft Pleadings, Client Interviewing

  • 14-0035084
    Divorce with Equitable Distribution

    Client/Wife and OP/Husband were married in August 2004 and separated in March 2010. The parties are the parents of one minor child. The client is not employed; OP is employed and is represented by counsel. The marital estate includes a house, car, modest bank accounts, credit card debt, and the marital portion of OP’s pension. The client had previously obtained a PFA against OP. 

    OP initiated a divorce action, but did not request equitable distribution. The client would like assistance in obtaining a divorce and her share of equitable distribution.

    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