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Edward Curley

Family Attorney at Dover, DE

4.9   38 reviews

Licensed for 35 years

About Edward

Learn Edward’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Divorce and Annulment, Guardianships, Property Division, Alimony, Spousal Support, Separation/Settlement Agreements and Enforcement, and all aspects of Family Law

  2. Family
    30%
    Divorce and Annulment, Guardianships, Property Division, Alimony, Spousal Support, Separation/Settlement Agreements and Enforcement, and all aspects of Family Law

    34 years

  3. Child custody
    20%
    Custody, Residential Placement, Visitation/Contact Schedules

    34 years

  4. Child support
    10%
    Petitions to establish new child support obligations, and modification and enforcement of existing support Orders.

    34 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%
    Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Post-Nuptial/Separation Agreements, Settlement Agreements and Stipulations.

    34 years

Committed to enjoying time with my wife of 40 years, grandchildren and family, especially while enjoying travel within the United States and internationally.  An avid skier and motorcyclist for most of my life.  Active in community non-profit organizations including the arts and history as an active board member for 25 years plus.

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Licensed for 35 years
State DE
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 06/28/2022
State NJ
Status License Administratively Revoked
Acquired 1987
Updated 06/18/2020

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Edward

Edward Curley
250 BEISER BOULEVARD
SUITE 202
Dover, DE, 19904

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  38 customer reviews
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Posted by Drew | August 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Ed & Elaine were extremely helpful. Thank you for all the hard work and preparation for the case. Answered all of my questions throughout the process and extremely satisfied with the end result.
Posted by Mark | July 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Divorce Attorney
Working with Ed Curley was an excellent experience given this was the first time I needed to utilize an attorney for family law. His legal skill sets, professionalism, guidance and responsiveness was truly outstanding! He helped guide me through a nasty divorce and was always looking out for my best interests. His communications by email and phone were VERY responsive and provided someone like me with little knowledge of the family court legal system excellent information and guidance. I would actually get emails from him at night and the weekends which I truly appreciated. His ability to seek resolution led to a fair and just settlement actually the day of the scheduled trial which was much appreciated. In addition, his legal costs were VERY reasonable given his support and expertise. I would HIGHLY recommend Ed and his firm for any legal matter representation. Knowing other attorneys, he is by far one of the very best I have worked with and I would go back to him and his firm with any legal matter.
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Posted by Danielle | March 30, 2022
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Divorce
Mr. Curley and his secretary Ms. Elaine were both attentive throughout the whole process of my divorce. They listened and answered any questions I had. Processes were explained and my ex and I were able to come to agreements without needed to go to trial. All in all, very happy with the experience despite the reason, (divorce).
Posted by Tony | March 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Mr. Curley was attentive and understanding from our first meeting to the end of my case. He was quick to respond to my questions, explained the process clearly, and was always quick to follow-up. He doesn't "nickel and dime" his clients which is refreshing. He and his office staff were very kind, prompt, and professional. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Jessica | February 5, 2022
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Excellent Divorce Attorney
Mr. Curley is the second divorce attorney that I've used. He is kind and understanding as well as shrewd.
Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience!!
Edward Curley and his staff provided exceptional advice and support throughout my legal process. He made the process easy to understand and was very communicative throughout the process. I would highly recommend Mr. Curley to anyone.
Posted by Megan | July 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Mr. Curley and his assistant Elaine are top notch. Mr. Curley made me feel comfortable from my initial consultation. He is extremely patient and explains everything very well. I felt as though he had not only my best interest at heart but my child’s as well. He recognized and empathized with my situation and jumped into action to protect me. He knows the law, has years of experience and is well respected by his peers, court staff and judges. He is very responsive by both email and phone. His attention to detail is outstanding. I highly recommend Mr. Curley and his firm.
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Posted by Mike | June 26, 2021
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An attorney who cares
Ed and Elaine are great. At times I was really concerned about the outcome of my divorce. But everything Ed told me was right on the money. Thanks to both of you.
Posted by Mary | March 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really cares about his clients
I highly recommend Mr. Curley and his assistant Elaine. Trustworthy and really listens to what you are saying. Returns calls quickly and sends paperwork/ emails promptly. I appreciate his honesty and he genuinely cares for his clients.
Posted by Dr. | February 1, 2021
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Dr.
I cannot recommend Mr. Curly and his secretary Ms. Ferris enough! Going through one of life's most difficult and unexpected times, Mr. Curly was there to listen, guide, and make that process as fluid as possible. I am thankful for his knowledge and understanding of the law, as well as his compassion for families and children. As a fellow professional, I must tell you, he has that touch of compassion and expertise that is exactly what everyone is looking for. Do not hesitate in retaining this expert and his team!
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Posted by Jonathan | August 7, 2020
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Very informative and responsive
Mr Curley was quick to answer all of my questions regarding my child support case. His responses were informative and helpful. I felt that he had my best interests in mind, while also making sure I understood the law and kept my expectations reasonable. Also, the fee for this service was very reasonable. I would definitely recommend Ed and use his services in the future if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2020
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The best
From start to finish, Mr. Curley has been more than informative, helpful, friendly and all around supportive of not just my needs but having my best interests regarding my case when it came time to make decisions. He's very patient and I would absolutely refer him and use him again any time again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2020
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Review of Attorney: Edward Curley
Mr. Curley is professional, reliable, and moral. He made me feel safe and well-cared for as I went through a rather contentious divorce. Mr. Curley and his secretary, Ms. Ferris, are prompt to reply as questions arise throughout the legal process--even outside of office hours. I appreciate his hard work throughout my case and have recommended him to two of my closest friends who were in need of a family lawyer.
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Posted by Randy | June 14, 2020
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Communicated well
I’ve used Mr. Curley’s firm on several occasions and have always been satisfied with the results. They communicated effectively throughout the entire process and gave advice that gave us the best possible outcome. I would have no problem recommending Mr. Curley for your legal needs.
Posted by Dan | June 14, 2020
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Professional, Responsive and Thorough
I was referred to Ed Curley by a friend during an extremely difficult time in my life Over 10 years ago. Ed took the time to understand my situation and guided me legally through a process that I knew nothing about. In a time when life was overwhelming, Ed made sure my best interests were covered. Ed earned my respect through his professionalism, his responsiveness and his thorough handling of my legal needs. Since that time, I have returned to Ed for family and real estate legal assistance.
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Posted by Ernest | June 10, 2020
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Highly recommended attorney and staff!
Attorney Edward Curley and his staff (Elaine Ferris, Mary Benson) provided me with outstanding legal consultation and representation during my divorce last year. The entire team was very professional and understanding of my divorce concerns during that time. Attorney Curley, Elaine and Mary were highly efficient from beginning to end, constantly providing me with up to date feedback on all progress made each step of the way. My deceiving and greedy ex-wife got absolutely nothing out of my 34-year federal service retirement, life's savings and property. I am very thankful for that to this day! Attorney Curley and his team of professionals will assist me next in preparing a prenuptial agreement for my next marriage. Rest assured, you can depend on this awesome law firm to handle all of your future legal matters!
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Posted by Raymond | May 7, 2020
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Amazing experience in a bad situation!
Mr. Curley represented me in my divorce. As you can imagine it was stressful to deal with. However, Mr. Curley and his secretary were so wonderful to work with that in all it was a great experience. All of my calls and emails were responded to in a timely manner. Everything was transparent, and all questions were addressed to my complete satisfaction. In the end, it worked out the way I wanted. Do yourself a favor, hire him! I also had the opportunity to use the services of another attorney in this same practice and had the same experience. Clearly great service is a culture at this law office! Thank you!
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Posted by Karen | April 7, 2020
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Five Star Rating for Ed Curley
Ed was recommended to me by several people; including other attorneys! This was so important to me; especially being a new resident in the state of Delaware. Going through a divorce is not pleasant, but Ed's calm demeanor served to take much of the "sting" out of the process. He thoroughly explained every step along the way and patiently answered my many questions promptly; always getting back to me in a timely manner. I was given good advice and felt confident that he served me well. I definitely hired the right attorney for the job and would highly recommend him to others seeking a divorce.
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Posted by Ada | September 27, 2019
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So, you need a good, honest lawyer - almost as bad as needing a good, honest mechanic....
I've read the other reviews, and every one is on point. Ed is an excellent family, child custody, marriage and prenuptial attorney. The best. So, what can I add? Here you go. He was there for me during all of those things - unfortunately some more than once... We don't get to pick our family... and we don't always make good choices... Not the prenup - can't help you there. Here's the thing I can add: Ed was there for me for EVERY TIME I needed a friend that was a lawyer - or the other way around... Personal real estate, when my family in North Carolina was losing their family farm, when something medically really bad happened to me and my husband, when something really bad happened to my daughter and years later a damn federal agent showed up wanting a witness statement... Seriously, who can be prepared for this stuff? Hopefully things like this never happen to you or your family, but if they do; trust me, you really need someone that is thoughtful and has the disposition, experience and temperment help you through these times.
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Posted by Toma | September 9, 2019
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Best Family Attorney in the Dover, Delaware area!!
In 2011, I was in a desperate need of a family attorney and had no idea who to turn to. I then reached out to my friends in the Dover, DE area if they knew who the best family attorney in the area was. Later on that evening, over 95% of the responses came back indicating that Edward Curley was the one I need. I then took a chance and made that call to his office and that was the first and last call I’ve ever had to make regarding a family attorney. Curley, Dodge & Funk, LLC have been by my side for over 9 years and have assisted my with various issues dealing with various Child Custody related matters that have gotten worse over the years. Not giving up, Mr. Curley has always been by my side, given me sound advice, and even corrected me when my approach was completely wrong. Due to Mr. Curley’s persistence, professionalism, and honesty, I can now say that I have primary placement of my son and he now resides with me and my girlfriend, in another state, attending a prestigious private school in the Baltimore area. I highly recommend Mr. Curley for all of your family attorney needs. Please give him 30 minutes of your time and I’m 100% positive, that you too, would have made the right choice in selecting him as YOUR family lawyer!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Curley, Dodge, Fitzgerald & Funk
  • 2015 - Present
  • Volunteer
  • Office Of The Child Advocate
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Rutgers University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Associations

  • Delaware Family Court Rules Committee
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1993 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Lawyer - Family Law
  • Delaware Today
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer - Family Law
  • Delaware Today
  • 2021
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • Delaware Today
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • Delaware Today
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Delaware Today
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Delaware Today
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Delaware Today
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Delaware Today
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Regular Meeting of the DPA
  • Recent Developments in the Law
  • 2018
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Family Law
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ed Curley is one of the best Family Law lawyers I know. He has tremendous knowledge and experience, and his temperament is perfect for handling difficult matters effectively and with grace."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ed for over 20 years. In that time, I have worked both with Ed and against him. His experience and the the level of service he provides his clients is excellent. He takes a genuine interest in his clients needs."
Family Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Despite often being opposing counsel on various litigation and family law matters, I am consistently impressed with Mr. Curley's professionalism, honesty, and ability."
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