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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
Chapter 15. DIVORCE AND ANNULMENT
back to top§ 1511. Response; counterclaim; prayers; reply to counterclaim
(a) Respondent may file a verified response, move or otherwise plead in answer to the petition, and may counterclaim for divorce or annulment against petitioner, within 20 days after personal service, receipt of service by mail, appearance personally or by counsel, or the date of publication of notice.
(b) Respondent may seek an award of interim relief under § 1509 of this title, alimony where appropriate under § 1512 of this title, disposition of property, attorney's fees, resumption of former name or any other relief available to a petitioner.
(c) Petitioner may reply, move or otherwise plead in response to a counterclaim for divorce or annulment within 20 days after service of the counterclaim.
(d) For good cause shown, the Court may extend the time stipulated for responding to the petition or a counterclaim.
(e) In any case where there are living children of the marriage, the respondent shall submit with the response, or other responsive pleading, an affidavit signed by the respondent showing that the respondent has read or been advised of the children's rights set forth in § 1507(g) of this title, which rights shall be set forth in full in said affidavit.
58 Laws 1972, ch. 349, § 4; 59 Laws 1974, ch. 350, § 1; 61 Laws 1978, ch. 365, § 10; 67 Laws 1989, ch. 123, § 2.