Delaware Courts are in Phase Two of the reopening plan as of June 15, 2020, allowing the public to return to court facilities. Learn more about the public reopening plan.

For the latest on the Delaware Judiciary response to COVID-19 – and for contact information for each court during this emergency – please visit The Delaware Judiciary Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) page.

For information on Family Court’s Standing Orders, Frequently Asked Questions, and information related to the impact of the COVID-19 State of Emergency on custody/visitation orders and parent education classes, please visit the Family Court’s COVID-19 Information and Resources page.

Family Court

Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Civil Filing by Email
 Contact Family Court to provide information for your remote hearing per instructions on your hearing notice.
  Parent Education Classes Now Available Online during COVID-19 emergency
 Zoom meeting instructions:  Zoom Cheat Sheet  — Testing Microphone and Camera  — Sharing Your Screen & Annotation
 For help with Protection from Abuse filings, contact the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (DVAP) at 302-255-2609. More information.

Updated  Bail for Family Court cases may be posted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm at any of the Family Court locations. . Please call Family Court prior to appearing at the location so that we will be prepared when you arrive: New Castle County, Kent County, Sussex County.

 View the temporary changes to the Office of Defense Services Intake Process due to COVID-19. Visit the Office of Defense Services website for more information regarding services for new and current clients.
FAMILY COURT eCOURTROOM - A video series introducing the functionality and use of the eCourtroom to self-represented litigants and members of the Bar.

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.


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.

Request the attendance of a support person in private court proceedings. A support person is an individual whom the Court may allow to accompany a litigant into a private Family Court hearing. A support person provides moral and emotional support to the litigant. Learn more about how to request the attendance of a support person.

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 Family Court Call Center at 302-255-0300.

Delaware Family Court details procedures during COVID-19 restrictions

Family Court will continue to handle emergency requests for Protection from Abuse Orders, emergency child welfare, custody, visitation, and guardianship matters, and limited adult criminal and juvenile delinquency matters


Michelle Hoffman named as Family Court Administrator

The Family Court of Delaware has named long-serving Family Court staff member S. Michelle Hoffman as Family Court Administrator. Hoffman is currently Delaware Family Court’s Director of Caseflow Management, a position she has held since 2016. Hoffman will be transitioning into her new role as Court Administrator during the coming weeks.


Family Court’s Michelle Hoffman recognized by DSBA

Family Court’s Michelle Hoffman was recognized with the Delaware State Bar Association’s Government Service Award for 2019. The award is presented by the Bar to a full-time government service employee in recognition for their dedicated and distinguished contribution to the administration of justice.

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