The Delaware State Courts will be closed Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Only Justice of the Peace Courts 11 (New Castle County), 7 (Kent County), and 3 (Sussex County) will remain open.

Family Court

FAMILY COURT POLICY — Effective June 1, 2017, in Family Court civil matters, litigants and their attorneys will be able to elect to receive orders and opinions in their cases via encrypted email delivery instead of through U.S. mail. The Election Forms (Forms 613 and 614) will be available on the Family Court website beginning June 1st. New

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.


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 Office of the Court Administrator at 302-255-0077.


The Honorable Craig R. Fitzgerald takes the Oath of Office as a Commissioner of the Delaware Family Court

The Honorable Craig R. Fitzgerald was publicly sworn in for his first term as a Commissioner of the Family Court of the State of Delaware on Sept. 15, 2017 at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington. Commissioner Fitzgerald replaces the Honorable Mary Much who became a Family Court Judge earlier this year. Read more....


In Memoriam: Judge William Nicholas

The Delaware Judiciary is saddened by the passing of retired Judge William Nicholas on June 7, 2017. Judge Nicholas, 67, retired from the Family Court on August 1, 2016 after serving a distinguished career as a Judge of the Family Court for 24 years. Read more....


Family Court Policy Effective June 1--Distribution of Court Orders and Opinions in Civil Matters

Effective June 1, 2017, in Family Court civil matters, litigants and their attorneys will be able to elect to receive orders and opinions in their cases via encrypted email delivery instead of through U.S. mail. To begin receiving orders and opinions via encrypted email, attorneys and litigants should file an Electronic Order Election Form. The Election Forms (Forms 613 and 614) will be available on the Family Court website beginning June 1st. Family Court’s website also contains information about using Egress Switch, the system Family Court uses to send encrypted emails. View the Egress Switch Quick Start Guide.

Further, in order to ensure that self-represented litigants are afforded the same opportunities as attorneys to participate in their cases and to have equal access to the Court’s services, Family Court’s new policy provides that the same options to receive orders and opinions will be provided to all parties. For example, if attorneys are afforded the opportunity to pick up their order at the courthouse, self-represented litigants will be offered the same option.

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Hours & Locations
Hours, Locations & Fees

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


Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction

The General Assembly empowers the statewide 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.


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.