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 Support Persons Guidelines

Request the attendance of a support person in private court proceedings.

A support person is an individual whom the Court may allow to accompany a litigant into a private Family Court hearing. A support person provides moral and emotional support to the litigant. Many types of hearings within Family Court are handled privately. This means that members of the general public are not permitted to be present during private hearings.

The Court understands that participating in a hearing can be stressful for a litigant and that the use of a support person in private proceedings can be helpful to the litigant and the Court. Therefore, the Court has created the following documents to assist litigants in requesting the attendance of a support person.