Family Court

Who We

Are

The Family Court has extensive jurisdiction over all domestic matters. Information about the most frequently heard matters can be found to the right. These links provide information on each of the topic areas as well as instruction books and forms to assist in filing with the Court. For complete information on the jurisdiction of the Family Court, see Jurisdiction below.



Hours & Locations
Hours & Locations

Find Family Court locations, hours, street address, directions, parking, and phone numbers.


Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction

The General Assembly empowers the Family Court to exercise its jurisdiction.


Judicial Officers & Staff
Judicial Officers & Staff

The Family Court has a staff of more than 300 employees including the judiciary.


History
History

Family Court has its origin in the Wilmington Juvenile Court, which was founded in 1911.


Governance
Governance

Family Court is a statewide Court with branches in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.


Rules
Rules

The rules and regulations of Family Court are broadly defined in 10 Del.C. 922.


Please Note—The Family Court Website does not contain any personal case information and your Family Court file cannot be accessed electronically. For those inquiries, please contact Family Court at 302-255-0300 in New Castle County, 302-672-1000 in Kent County and 302-855-7400 in Sussex County.


Please NoteThis document outlines the current laws and rules related to access to Family Court hearings and records. Any member of the public is permitted to attend any Family Court matter that is not closed by law or court rule, unless a Judge or Commissioner presiding over a particular matter makes a ruling to close a proceeding in accordance with the relevant legal authority. If you believe that you have been denied access to an open court matter, contact the Office of the Court Administrator at 302-255-0077.


Information and

Assistance

Child Support

Child Support

Under Delaware law, both parents have a duty to support their child until the child is 18 years of age, or, if the child is still in high school, until the child graduates or turns 19 years of age.

Custody

Custody

When parents live separate and apart, either or both parents may file a petition asking that the court award custody to him/her.

Guardianship

Guardianship

Guardianship is the possession by a non-parent of the powers, rights, and duties which are necessary to protect, manage and care for a child.

Please Note—The Family Court Website does not contain any personal case information and your Family Court file cannot be accessed electronically. For those inquiries, please contact Family Court at 302-255-0300 in New Castle County, 302-672-1000 in Kent County and 302-855-7400 in Sussex County.


Please NoteThis document outlines the current laws and rules related to access to Family Court hearings and records. Any member of the public is permitted to attend any Family Court matter that is not closed by law or court rule, unless a Judge or Commissioner presiding over a particular matter makes a ruling to close a proceeding in accordance with the relevant legal authority. If you believe that you have been denied access to an open court matter, contact the Office of the Court Administrator at 302-255-0077.