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- Delaware Code (select sections)
- Title 10. Courts and Judicial Procedures
- Part 1. Organization, Powers, Jurisdiction and Operation of Courts
- Chapter 9. THE FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE
- Subchapter I. Organization, Administration and Operation
- Subchapter II. Jurisdiction and Powers
- Subchapter III. Procedure
- Part C. Adult Proceedings
- Part D. Protection From Abuse Proceedings.
- Part E. Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders
- Title 11. Crimes and Criminal Procedure
- Part I. Delaware Criminal Code
- Chapter 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING OFFENSES
- Chapter 5. SPECIFIC OFFENSES
- Subchapter II. Offenses Against the Person
- Subpart A. Assaults and Related Offenses
- Subpart D. Sexual Offenses
- Subpart E. Kidnapping and Related Offenses
- Subpart F. Coercion
- Subchapter III. Offenses Involving Property
- Subpart B. Criminal Trespass and Burglary
- Subchapter VII. Offenses Against Public Health, Order and Decency
- Subpart A. Riot, Disorderly Conduct and Related Offenses
- Subpart E. Offenses Involving Deadly Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
- Title 13. Domestic Relations
- Chapter 1. MARRIAGE
- Chapter 5. DESERTION AND SUPPORT
- Subchapter I. Duty to Support
- Chapter 7. PARENTS AND CHILDREN
- Subchapter I. General Provisions
- Subchapter II. Custody Proceedings
- Chapter 7A. CHILD PROTECTION FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEX OFFENDERS ACT
- Subchapter I. Child Protection from Domestic Violence Act
- Chapter 8. UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT
- Subchapter II. Parent-Child Relationship
- Chapter 15. DIVORCE AND ANNULMENT
- CHAPTER 19. UNIFORM CHILD CUSTODY JURISDICTION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT
- Subchapter II. Jurisdiction
- Chapter 23. GUARDIANSHIP OF A CHILD
- Subchapter I. Definitions and Jurisdiction
- Subchapter II. General Procedures for Appointment of Guardians
- Subchapter III. Guardian of the Child
- Subchapter V. Permanent Guardianships for Children
- Chapter 24. THIRD PARTY VISITATION
- Subchapter I. General Provisions
- Subchapter II. Third Party Visitation Proceedings
- Chapter 25. DSCYF CUSTODY
- Subchapter II. Dscyf Custody Proceedings
Subchapter II. Custody Proceedings
(a) Whether the parents have joint legal custody or 1 parent has sole legal custody of a child, each parent has the right to receive, on request, from the other parent, whenever practicable in advance, all material information concerning the child's progress in school, medical treatment, significant developments in the child's life, and school activities and conferences, special religious events and other activities in which parents may wish to participate and each parent and child has a right to reasonable access to the other by telephone or mail. The Court shall not restrict the rights of a child or a parent under this subsection unless it finds, after a hearing, that the exercise of such rights would endanger a child's physical health or significantly impair his or her emotional development.
(b) Any custody order entered by the Court may include the following provisions:
(1) Granting temporary joint or sole custody for a period of time not to exceed 6 months in duration to give the parents the opportunity of demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Court their ability and willingness to cooperate with the custodial arrangement ordered. Following a timely review of this temporary order by the Court either at the end of this temporary period or sooner upon the application of any party to the proceeding, the Court shall have the authority to continue or modify the temporary order on a permanent basis.
(2) Counseling of the parents, and their child if appropriate, by a public or private agency approved by the Court to help the parents develop the necessary skills to deal effectively with the major as well as daily decisions involving their child under the custodial arrangement ordered, to continue until such time as the Court is advised in writing by the agency that such counseling is no longer required. Counseling expenses may be assessed by the Court as a cost of the proceeding.
(c) Any custody order entered by the Court shall include a contact schedule by the child with both parents which shall control absent parental modification by written agreement.
(d) Any custody order entered when 1 or both parents is a member of the armed forces, including the National Guard, and is being deployed, shall be an interim order, modifiable upon the return of the Armed Forces member to the United States or termination of service.
67 Laws 1990, ch. 236, § 5. Amended by 76 Laws 2008, ch. 331,§ 1, eff. July 9, 2008.