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Divorce in any state is carried out on the basis of rules regarding Family laws. If a couple applies for mutual dissolution, it indicates that they are in agreement with all related issues. But, when a minor child is involved, the spouses find it difficult to obtain legal rights. Laws for Divorce custody in Delaware specifies regulations and conditions that has to be followed by such couples.

Laws regarding Divorce Custody in Delaware

As per the laws of this state, each parent has an equal natural right over the child. That is, both spouses are joint custodians by default. After the legal process, the parents share the guardianship. If any of them wants to apply for a sole guardianship, he or she has to file a petition requesting for a case hearing. Form # 345 has to be filed for this petition.

When this petition is filed by either or both parents, the court immediately serves a Preliminary notice to both parties. This court notice comprises of the following 2 orders -

  • Both parents are commanded to undergo a "parenting education class". This is regarding the issues and problems related to single parenting. It helps the family members to cope up with the disintegration in a positive manner.
  • While the court proceedings are pending, none of the parents should shift the child from this state for a long period in the absence of permission from the other parent or the court.
If one parent has sole legal responsibility or both parents have joint legal guardianship the, following rules will apply in this case -
  • Both the parents have the right to request and receive information pertaining to the kids. For example -
    • Religious events.
    • School activities and conferences
    • Medical treatment
    • The progress in school
  • Both the parents are empowered to attend all the activities in school.
  • Both the parents have access to the child by mail or phone.
  • The court order would comprise of a visitation schedule with the non residential or non custodial parent.
  • After a hearing, if the court concludes that the implementation of the court order has threatened the physical health or harmed the emotional development of a kid, then the court might put restrictions on these rights.

Alteration in Orders of Divorce Custody in Delaware

Generally, the court is reluctant to modify the original parenting plan, as it is considered as unnecessary disturbance in the routine of the kids. Still if a partner demands an alteration, he or she must be able to produce enough evidences to assure the court that change in present circumstances will bring an improvement in child's condition. In this state, an order can be altered, if following conditions are fulfilled -

  • Presently, a custody order from this state exists
  • One or both parents desire an alteration in this order
  • A person acting as a parent or the biological parent is continuing to reside in this state. However, this point has some exceptions. If none of the 3 individuals mentioned above reside in this state, it is essential to consult a lawyer to verify if the exception is applicable to the particular case
Supposedly the family is currently residing in this state, but a court order has been issued by another state. In such cases the court order should be altered under following circumstances -
  • One or both parents desire to alter this order.
  • The child has been residing in this state for a minimum of six consecutive months prior to the date on which the motion and affidavit to alter the order was filed.

Visitation Rules in Divorce Custody in Delaware

If a parent is awarded full rights over a child, the other parent would be permitted visitation. These visits are to be carried out according to the schedule and rules specified by the court. If a non-custodian refuses to pay monitory support, he or she may not be stopped from visiting. Instead, such partner would be subject to contempt of the court order and the judge will take an appropriate action. If parents are on good terms, they may schedule the timings for visits as per their routines and submit it in the court. The court approves such agreement, if it fulfills all necessary conditions.

The parents should note that Delaware court do not make any preferences according to gender and financial conditions of partners. They emphasize on giving a secured and better future for the child.

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