Delaware Courts are in a modified Phase Three of the reopening plan as of October 5, 2020, allowing jury trials to resume. 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 COVID-19 Information and 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. Please visit the The Delaware Judicial Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for information, press release, orders, and general advisories for the Delaware State Courts.

Recent Family Court Statements

Important 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.

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.
 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 Orders Relating to COVID-19

06-30-2020 Family Court has issued Standing Order #3 Regarding Civil Filing By Email During and After the COVID-19 State of Emergency New
06-30-2020 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 New
06-23-2020 Parent Education Classes Now Available Online During COVID-19 Emergency
04-01-2020 The impact of the State of Emergency on Family Court custody and visitation orders
03-30-2020 Statement from Delaware Family Court on posting bail during the COVID-19 emergency
03-23-2020 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.
03-20-2020 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
03-13-2020 Family Court has issued a Standing Order Concerning COVID-19 Precautionary Measures