Delaware Courts have returned to Phase Two of the reopening plan as of November 16, 2020. 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.

Family Court's Response to Coronavirus Disease

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Family Court COVID-19 Information & Resources

The spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a significant public health concern and has affected the daily operation of the Delaware Court system. Please find below information and resources to help you navigate the Family Court during this pandemic including For 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.

Important Information on Remote Hearings

Delaware Family Court is now holding remote hearings to increase the safety of our communities and to increase access to justice. A virtual hearing is held online.

 Contact Family Court to provide information for your remote hearing per instructions on your hearing notice.
 Comuníquese con el Tribunal de Familia para proporcionar sus datos para una audiencia remota según las instrucciones en su citatorio.

Most Family Court Remote Hearings are performed using Zoom. If you will be joining a hearing with your cell phone, you will need to download the Zoom app. Additional information can be found on the Family Court Zoom page.

 Zoom meeting instructions
 Zoom—información e instrucciones

If you are having trouble accessing your hearing, have not received the Zoom link for your hearing, or have other questions related to your scheduled hearing with Family Court, please fill out the Hearing Issue Inquiry Form and a Family Court employee will get back to you.

Information and Resources

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.

Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Civil Filing by Email
Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency .
Contact the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (DVAP) at 302-255-2609 for help with Protection From Abuse filings. More information.

Family Court Orders Relating to COVID-19

Family Court has issued Standing Order #3 Regarding Civil Filing By Email During and After the COVID-19 State of Emergency
Family Court announced the addition of Rule 79.2 to the Family Court Rules of Civil Procedure in relation to filing in civil cases by email. View the Order Adding Rule 79.2 to the Family Court Rules of Civil Procedure, effective July 1, 2020
Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency
The impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders
Statement from Delaware Family Court on posting bail during the COVID-19 emergency
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.
Contact the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program (DVAP) at 302-255-2609 for help with Protection From Abuse filings. Please review this DVAP document for more information.

El Tribunal de Familia del Estado Delaware explica en detalle los procedimientos durante las restricciones del COVID-19. El Tribunal de Familia continuará trabajando solicitudes de emergencia para las órdenes de protección contra abuso, de bienestar infantil, custodia, visitas y asuntos de tutela, asuntos penales limitados de adultos y delincuencia juvenil.
Family Court has issued Standing Order #2 regarding Filings during the COVID-19 State of Emergency
Family Court Frequently Asked Questions—Filing during the COVID-19 Judicial Emergency
Family Court has issued a Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures