111164 Urgent Need
Client, a survivor of domestic violence, seeks urgent assistance with a divorce matter. Client/wife and OP/husband were married in 2004 and separated in 2012, though they continue to live separate and apart in the same home. OP has been physically abusive and extremely controlling, especially monetarily, throughout the marriage. The marital estate includes a home in Philadelphia, which is their shared residence, an apartment in Israel, and three cars. OP owns and operates his own jewelry store as well. The parties share two minor children. Client was previously represented by a VIP volunteer attorney, who initiated the divorce action against OP in July 2012. The court approved the grounds for divorce in August 2017, pending resolution of the economic distribution issues. A volunteer attorney is needed file a certificate for a master’s hearing for equitable distribution and represent client throughout the remainder of her divorce proceeding.