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Patrick Joseph Boyer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Centreville, DE

4.7   24 reviews

also known as Patrick Boyer, Patrick J. Boyer


Licensed for 9 years

About Patrick

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Patrick J. Boyer concentrates his practice on family law. He advocates in various areas including, but not limited to, divorce, property division, alimony, child custody and visitation, child support, and domestic violence. In addition, Patrick assists his clients with issues involving guardianship and third-party visitation. He is licensed in Delaware and Pennsylvania and works out of the firm’s Centreville, Delaware office.

Patrick is a 2009 graduate of La Salle University and a 2012 graduate of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He joined MacElree Harvey in 2014 after serving as a law clerk in the Delaware Family Court for almost a year and a half. In 2019, Patrick was elevated to Partner with the Firm. Patrick was selected as a contract attorney for the Delaware Family Court, where he represented parents in the termination of parental rights proceedings with children removed from their care and taking into state custody. Additionally, Patrick was also selected as a contract attorney charged with representing child support obligors facing the treat of incarceration in civil contempt proceedings. Patrick has also presented at multiple Continuing Legal Education seminars to other attorneys addressing family law related topics. He has previously served as the Chair of the Family Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. In 2019, Patrick was recognized by his peers as a top lawyer in family law, which was published in Delaware Today.

Patrick grew up in Delaware and is a graduate of Salesianum High School. He enjoys golf, running, and spending time with his wife and son.

In addition to being your advocate in Court, I work to ensure that my clients are fully informed about their legal rights and responsibilities.  I will also explain your legal options and advise you on your best course action.

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Licensed for 9 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 10/01/2022
State DE
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 06/28/2022

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MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
211 E. State Street
Kennett Square, PA, 19348
MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
17 W. Miner Street
West Chester, PA, 19382
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Posted by John | April 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Patrick Boyer is an Outstanding Attorney!!! Professional, knowledgeable, and HONEST. 5 stars all the way
Patrick Boyer is a thoughtful, professional, passionate, and honest attorney. I hired Patrick to help correct mistakes that my original attorney made during my divorce/custody case. Patrick quickly reviewed the months’ worth of information/documentation/motions from the previous attorney to understand all the facts in the case. Patrick was meticulous in his review, he over communicated to ensure I understood both the past actions of my previous attorney in addition to providing me all the options I had moving forward in the process. His professionalism was matched only by his empathy for my situation. Patrick genuinely cares about his clients. His knowledge of the law was evident as he was able to reference previous case law that ultimately overturned the judges initial ruling on a key motion. Patrick not only did a great job in settling my case he was able to overcome numerous issues that my initial attorney caused. I recommend Patrick and the MacElree firm for anyone that requires an attorney for Divorce/custody. Outstanding attorney!!!”
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Posted by David | March 14, 2018
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Foreign Adoption
Patrick was great! We hired him after consulting two other attorneys. We had a situation complicated by Delaware law requiring us to post ads in South Korean newspapers regarding custody and offer proof to the court. The law was unclear about how to go about this, but Patrick guided us through the process and the court ruled in our favor. The adoption went through with no hassle on January 25th and our family is thrilled to now be legally under the same family name. We originally attempted to do this ourselves which turned out not to be a very good idea, way more complicated than we thought. Patrick was able to undo our mistakes and get us on the right path. Thanks Patrick for your hard work and getting results. We highly recommend Patrick for anyone needing counsel for adoption!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2022
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Premier Family Law Attorney: Highly Recommended
I brought forward a very complex divorce/Ancillary case to Patrick. I experienced 3 other family law attorneys in DE, since 2014. I regret not obtaining Patrick in 2015. Patrick is very smart, eager and worked very hard for me & my case. His primary objective was a solution to benefit me, his client. His transparency was very welcome with hard conversations. He brought a matter forward that no other attorney I obtained even remotely considered or brought up for discussion. He did due diligence to understand my case and all of the proceedings, since 2015. Based on his knowledge & experiences, formulated a strategy to move forward with a resolution. I felt like I had no options and my life would never terminate from the family law matters, until I obtained Patrick. For the first time in 6 years, I felt optimism. I trusted Patrick and that was earned, not automatically granted. I strongly recommend Patrick Boyer if you are in need of a Family Law attorney. Based on my experiences, there's no case that he can't handle with the utmost professionalism, attention to detail, transparency & communications with the ultimate goal of benefiting his client. Since 2014, I obtained 4 Family Law attorneys & can compare each of their impact to my ongoing matter. My ROI with Patrick Boyer is significantly greater then the other 3 attorneys combined. I have never experienced an outcome that was acceptable & positive for me with any other attorney, then the matter with Patrick Boyer. I wasted significant time and money with other attorneys. Patrick is an exceptional attorney!
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Posted by Patty | September 27, 2022
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Amazing Attorney very impressed
I am really so grateful for Patrick Boyer and his amazing staff. I came to him at a moment of needing an attorney that was skilled, understood the situation and was honest about the process in all facets. Patrick is very versed in the law, took the time to speak to me in a way that I understood never being in this position. Patrick and his team are thorough and communicated the process at every step along the way. I would recommend Patrick and his team to anyone facing any legal issues that is his expertise. Thank you, Patrick, words cannot express the gratitude I feel for having you represent me.
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Posted by Kim | August 9, 2022
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Resend of guardianship
I have to say that Patrick was the most patient lawyer I've ever worked with in my entire life. I am a parent that is in recovery and he was nothing but extremely supportive and helpful when a lot of the times you get treated like dirt. This was an extremely emotional case I was a mess 99% of the time and Patrick always wrote back emails, he always answered my phone calls and he always took the time to hear me cry and talk me through every bit of it. I highly recommend him!!! He always explained everything in great detail on what's going on to make sure that I understood. And guardianship in the end was rescinded and I couldn't have done it without him!
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Posted by Mike | August 19, 2021
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Experienced, knowledgeable and respect clients!
Patrick was amazing, from beginning to end always communicating, explains what’s going on or how to navigate the processes. Whenever I would need anything he would be prompt replying, his staff as well. He always looked out for our best interest, and in the end through all the work he achieved our desired outcome…and exceeded our expectations for a lawyer! Highly recommend!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2021
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Custody Dispute
Patrick was extremely helpful and professional. Was able to work with me to get the desired outcome. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Jeff | May 16, 2020
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Great on many levels
Nobody ever expects to go through divorce. Especially not with a child involved. I didn’t know where to begin or who to trust as someone to help me with possibly the lowest point of my life. I came across Patrick as family of an old friend of mine and decided to get a consultation. He was concise and told me what to expect from the start as opposed to what I wanted to hear. His level of professionalism and drive gave me a level of confidence and as much comfort as possible as he guided me through a very serious set of events over the course of at least 6 months. Never for one second did I feel like he didn’t have the best interest of myself and most importantly my child at heart. Divorce attorneys can have a stigma about them, but I never felt anything but comfort every step of the way. He responded quickly to any correspondence and acted just as quick to resolve matters. Again never something you expect or even expect to recommend, but I would without hesitation recommend Patrick to anyone faced with any family law issues. I’ve heard many horror stories from friends and colleagues, and am very thankful I had someone who is clearly at the top of his profession and truly cares. Can’t thank him enough for all he did throughout the entire process.
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Posted by Nadene | November 30, 2019
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Happy Client
I found Patrick after interviewing three other divorce attorneys. He had spunk and I knew it when I met him. I had an extremely difficult case after a very long separation that hit me as a surprise when it came to the property settlement. I was served divorce papers from my husband asking for pre-divorce emergency alimony. Denied. Thank you Patrick. Patrick was on the ball, professional and made sure no stone was left unturned to make sure I was protected. I walked away better than I ever in a million years thought I would have. Patrick kept his cool and did a great job keeping me calm in such a stressful situation. Alicia and Kathy are both added pleasures to Patrick’s office as I enjoyed every contact I had with them. They were both very supportive as well. They were an awesome team. It will be a bittersweet goodbye.
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Posted by George | October 3, 2019
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Patrick Boyer is the best divorce attorney in the business!
I hired Patrick to resolve my divorce case for custody, child support, alimony and ancillary matters. His tenacious approach, attention to detail and strategic planning were paramount in my case which resulted in a highly successful outcome. When the pressure is on, Patrick always conducts himself in a professional manner with a calm, cool approach and remains fact based not to allow hearsay to derail the mission. The results speak for themselves. If you're going through a divorce and need the best, Patrick is the answer!
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Posted by Erica | August 14, 2019
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Thank you Patrick!!!!
It was a long 2 year process but with the help of Patrick Boyer of Macelree Harvey, I was victorious. Don't let the young look of Mr Boyer fool you, he knows the law and will fight for what is right. I recommend him 10000 times over. All the staff were professional, polite and upbeat with every visit and call I had. I wish I could give 10 stars.
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Posted by Christy | July 22, 2019
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Educated, Confident, Compassionate and Assertive
I highly recommend Patrick Boyer and his abilities in regards to child custody matters. He never showed any indication he was intimidated or unsure of next steps and took on every challenge presented by the opposing party with poise and confidence. He understands the bigger picture when it comes to these matters and understands the importance on all levels, showing compassion and understanding. He is very well versed on the family court system and how to best approach a situation. He is willing to be aggressive when necessary but remains poised and focused.
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Posted by Mitra | June 19, 2019
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Brilliant Attorney!!!!!
The legal battle is never easy a path specially when fighting with the person who used to be part of the family. It ends up with emotional, financial and social sufferings. To cross this path just need to have faith on almighty and need an excellent attorney. I must accept that Patrick J Boyer is the Best lawyer to handle my multiple cases gracefully in Delaware Family Court. His logical and planned presentation awarded me desirable outcome in PFA, Child support, Custody, Divorce and property division cases. He listened to my problem patiently and always mentally prepared me with possible outcomes. Patrick hits on points instead of show unnecessary aggression at court room. I found him honest,smart-working, knowledgeable, skilled and professional. I highly appreciate his effort to resolve my legal matters. I strongly recommend Patrick J. Boyer for any legal matter related to Family law.
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Posted by Nichole | October 27, 2017
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Custody, child support
Patrick represented me in a very difficult case for custody and child support. I couldn't be more happy that I made the choice of hiring patrick after consulating with 3 other attorneys. Soon as I meet with Patrick for the first time I knew he was the one who would fight tooth and nail for what was right for my babies. He didn't let me down. I would recommend patrick in a heart beat to anyone who is seek a divorce, custody, property, alimony and/ or child support. Thank you so much patrick for everything you did!
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Posted by Chrissy | May 24, 2017
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Excellent and Compassionate Attorney
I had a very long elaborate and stressful case. i have no idea what I would have done if Patrick was not there. I was terribly afraid of the outcome of my case and it was in and out of court for years and I felt it would never end. Patrick took great care of me and was very compassionate. He reached out to me all the time and was very on top of all updates of my case. He has an immense attention to detail and truly cares about your case as if it was his children he was fighting for. I think he is very knowledgeable and was able to fight many pieces of the case that could have been turned negatively against me or certain evidence thrown out if he didn't know the law like he does. He is very organized and knows exactly when to present what. I feel as though with all things Patrick made sure my case went towards the best possible outcome. I highly recommend him to anyone searching for a lawyer whether your case is simple or complicated you will be very satiafied if you hire Patrick. I went through so much and was beyond emotional Through most of this and he continued to be there for me and still is with providing me with resolutions. I seriously cannot stress enough that I don't know what I would have done without him and he was very understanding of my case as well as financial situation! Patrick Boyer is irreaplacable and I'm forever thankful and grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Patrick provided excellent counsel and guidance with my very complex case. He facilitated communication between my Colorado attorney and the judicial system in Delaware. His professionalism and knowledge helped me to understand the pertinent issues of my case and how to proceed. He was responsive to all of my communications and followed up quickly to all inquiries. Patrick went above and beyond to help me network with Delaware professionals to meet court ordered requirements. I would definitely engage Patrick again if I ever have another legal family matter.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2015
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Very Satisfied - Custody Case Defendant
Mr. Boyer provided thoughtful counsel and professional service to our family in connection with a custody dispute, involving our daughter and her children. He meticulously prepared our defense and counter arguments and his knowledge of, and experience with the court was instrumental in our success at the hearing. He dealt effectively with the plaintiffs and the plaintiff's witnesses and was able to straightforwardly present our counter-claim through our witnesses. Mr. Boyer was always available to us when we needed him and he provided solid insights and advice to us in connection with our questions and our concerns. We were very pleased with Mr. Boyer's performance and our decision to hire him.
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Posted by Russell | September 17, 2015
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Awesome!!!!
Two and a half years of trying to protect my daughter with an attorney who didn't answer calls or emails, lost the case and told me to do nothing. So I went to Patrick and within a week, my daughter is living with me and finally safe. This man knows the law and is not intimidated by anyone. He kept me and my daughters best interest in mind and kept me informed. I write this but words can not convey how grateful I am. I only wish I found him two and a half years ago, but either way, he did the job. He exceeded all expectations. I am glad he is on my side. Thank you so much, you prevented a lifetime of damage for my little girl. If finances are an issue, as they are for me after two and a half years of an attorney just taking money to fill her bank account, Patrick is very reasonable. With what he has accomplished, I would give him a million dollars if I had it. All I can do is say thank you and give the highest recommendation to anyone looking for a great attorney. Thank you
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Posted by Lou | July 17, 2015
A very satisfied client of Patrick Boyer's
I would like to start off by thanking Patrick for his, time, dedication and very knowledgeable approach in representing me. He took the time needed to totally understand my situation and utilized that investment of time to present a very well prepared case...I applaud his efforts and am grateful for his professional tenacity. His knowledge of the Law in his Pracctice Area is very impressive. I have already recommended Patrick to other folks...Even if the outcome of things were less favorable, I would still be totally comfortable in putting my reputation on the line and recommend Patrick to others. Once again, thank you Patrick for making things right!
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Posted by Usha | October 8, 2014
Best Lawyer to have !!!
I couldn’t have had a better lawyer than Patrick for my case. My case had started from a point where everything seemed impossible but Patrick changed the impossible into a possible and made everything work out well. Nobody could have done a better job than him. The entire process was so complicated with so many questions in my mind and Patrick was so efficient at responding back to my questions and putting me at ease. I trusted his judgment and suggestions blindly and it was all worth it. He worked very hard for getting me what I wanted. I would definitely recommend Patrick to anybody for any Family law related matter. He is the best !!! Thank you so much Patrick !!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • MacElree Harvey, Ltd.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • The Family Court Of The State Of Delaware
  • 2012 - 2013

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • La Salle University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • King v. Howard
  • Successfully prosecuted the appeal on behalf the appellant Brad King.
  • King v. Howard
  • In a decision that could significantly affect divorce law in Delaware, the Delaware Supreme Court held on March 15, 2017 that a spouse’s bonus income earned after separation but before divorce is marital property.

Associations

  • Centreville Civic Association
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Melson-Arsht American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dickinson School of Law, Federalist Society
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Delaware Family Court
  • Awarded Child Support Arrears Contract
  • N/A
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law CLE
  • Family Law Update
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a great attorney. He is smart and responsive and is very pleasant to work with even when we have different views on a case. Patrick zealously advocates for his clients."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patrick is an energetic and talented family law attorney. His experience as a judicial law clerk in Delaware's family court system enables him to anticipate and resolve his clients' most challenging family law questions."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is bright and hard working and going to be a superstar."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patrick is an excellent Family Law attorney."
Family Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patrick is an intelligent, detail oriented attorney who works hard for his clients to obtain the most optimal resolution."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Patrick is a skilled, meticulous and hard working attorney who always goes the extra mile and more to protect his clients' interests."
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Centreville Divorce and separation Lawyer Patrick Joseph Boyer
Patrick Joseph Boyer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Centreville, DE
Licensed for 9 years