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Child Custody – Your Children Come First

When parents argue over how to raise a child, the child is the one that suffers the most. Mr. Earl understands that nothing is more important than your children. Having an experienced child custody attorney on your side will help make the decision process easier when it comes to choosing where your child will live and how they will be cared for.

New York, New York here they come! 6/14/24 – M.S. vs. R.M., Family Court. Mr. Earl represents Mother. Mother gets great job in Manhattan. Step-Father gets a position as a Theatre Professor in Manhattan. Mother is moving to Manhattan. Parents share physical custody during the week. Mother gives notice of relocation that she wants her daughter to live with her and step-father in Manhattan. Judge grants request in a Temporary Order before the November Relocation Hearing. Father had opposed the child going to be with her mother.

February 15, 2024: N.S. vs. A.P. – Father wins fight for primary custody! Douglas P. Earl, Esquire represents father in petitioning Family Court to change the custody order. Father has partial physical custody. He wants primary physical custody of his seven year old son. Court grants Father’s petition for primary custody. First there was hearing with judge who ordered therapy for the child and continued the case. Judge grants father primary custody at second hearing with judge after the evidence shows the child was not being treated right at the home of the mother.


April 17, 2023: Nyesha Glenn vs. Quanza Taylor and Quamair Hunter – Another success story. Douglas P. Earl, Esquire represents Nyesha Glenn. Her three month old baby was in the custody of the father and the paternal grandmother. Judge orders the baby returned to the mother after a contested hearing. Mr. Earl was ready with exhibits including an email from the hospital social worker.


April 10, 2023: MYRIAMGELIZ MORALES-GARCIA vs. ELVIN DONATE DEJESUS, Philadelphia Family Court – Douglas P. Earl, Esquire represents Myriamgeliz Morales-Garcia in an Emergency Custody Petition. Children were taken to Cameron County by Father. Father claims children were abused. Judge grants Emergency Custody and Orders return of children to Mother.


March 31, 2023: Faoud Baksh vs. Coleen De Freitas – Douglas P. Earl, Esquire represents Coleen De Freitas, the mother, in Philadelphia Family Court in her quest for her 5 year old son relocate and live with her on Long Island, New York.  Child had been living with Father in Philadelphia.  Judge grants Mother’s request. Child will be living with Mother in Long Island.  It was a hard fought battle.  Mother won because her exhibits, many photographs of the Child with Mother and her other children as well as information about proposed school, were presented to the Judge.


December 5, 2022 – Attorney Earl represents Mother. Mother retains primary custody of 12 year old daughter in Montgomery County. Mr. Earl defends mother against father’s petition for primary physical custody in Montgomery County. Father’s attorney wanted custody evaluation and made allegations against mother. Judge Orders parenting coordinator for parties for their 12 year old daughter. Mother keeps primary custody of child.


November 6, 2020 Velazquez vs. Jabarin, Philadelphia Family Court Judge grants Mother’s Contempt petition against father. Father withheld child claiming that it was not safe for child to travel because of corona virus. Mother lives in Florida. Judge grants Attorney Earl’s request that Mother start period of shared custody of four year old child , plus Mother have make up time for missed time with child. Judge also grants Attorney Earl’s request that Mother be reimbursed for the attorney fees she paid Mr. Earl.


October 23, 2020 – Smith vs. Riley, Philadelphia Family Court – Douglas P. Earl, Esquire successfully defends Mother against Petition to Modify Custody Order by Father.  Father claiming that Mother allowed a prohibited party from being with their 8 year old daughter. Custody Order was that boyfriend of Mother could not be in presence of child. Boyfriend of Mother had a conviction for firearm offense. Father produced video of boyfriend of Mother being in the presence of the child. Attorney Earl argued that child should testify. Attorney Earl cross examined Father to bring to the attention of the court that the daughter was a happy child. Firearm offense not enumerated offense in Domestic Relations Custody law. Judge denied request by Father to have primary custody. Court changed Order to permit the live in boyfriend to live with Mother and child. Child testified that she was bonded with boyfriend and the other child of boyfriend. See also google review. Testimony also clear that Mother active in meeting needs of child.


Shared parenting time needs to be fair for everyone involved and we keep your children’s best interest our top priority. We will help you negotiate the best parenting plan for your child and make sure to include all of the fine details in your custody agreement. If an amicable settlement is unrealistic because you and the other parent do not get along, Mr. Earl will aggressively fight for your rights in court. However, no one knows what is best for your child better than you and the other parent, so avoiding court is generally better for everyone.


Your child custody case may involve more complex issues, such as an interstate custody case. This is where the parents live in two different states. You may need help enforcing a custody order that was made in another state, or need to modify your current order due to a change in circumstance. Mr. Earl has seen it all, and has successfully represented people on both sides of this situation.


We keep on top of all changes to Pennsylvania custody law, so that we can offer the best representation to you and your children. We know the outcome of your child custody case will change your family forever, so we take great care in helping you negotiate a parenting plan that allows you and your children to peacefully begin the process of moving on with your lives.


Our goal is to help minimize the stress and negative effects that a child custody case has on your children, while also making sure that the law is strictly followed.


If you are going through a divorce, or need your current child custody order modified, call Mr. Earl at (215) 627-5970 for a free, honest evaluation of your case.

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