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Legal Statutes: Delaware

UPDATED April 12, 2017

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Part D. Protection From Abuse Proceedings.

back to top§ 1041. Definitions

In any civil action within the jurisdiction of this Court and upon the petition of a person properly before it, the Court may:

(1) Award the custody or possession of a child to any party to the action, establish visitation rights, and, in a proper case, order payment of support for the child;

(2) Order a child's custodian to exercise such care and perform such acts as may be reasonably necessary to insure that the child shall obey the law and receive necessary care;

(3) Consent to a child's employment, or to enlistment into the armed forces, or to receiving medical care as may be required by law;

(4) Order a person under a duty to do so to pay through the Court or the Division of Child Support Services or directly to the spouse/ex-spouse or to the custodian of the child reasonable support for the spouse and/or child. And in such cases as the Court may deem appropriate enter an order of final judgment as to any past due support which judgment shall not be subject to subsequent modification by the Court;

(5) In an action to prevent a family member from conduct that imperils the family relationship, order the defendant to desist from the acts complained of, or order individual or family counseling with the court staff or with any appropriate counseling agency, or enter such other order as may be required;

(6) May commit an adult with a mental disorder or incapacity, or intellectual disability for observation or treatment to any appropriate institution within the State, or to any institution without the State which will consent to receive the person.

(7) Repealed.

Added by 58 Laws 1971, ch. 114, § 1. Amended by 60 Laws 1975, ch. 279, § 1; 60 Laws 1976, ch. 647, § 1; 65 Laws 1986, ch. 243, § 1; 69 Laws 1993, ch. 160, § 1; 69 Laws 1994, ch. 173, § 1; 69 Laws 1994, ch. 335, § 1; 69 Laws 1994, ch. 378, § 1; 70 Laws 1995, ch. 186, § 1, eff. July 10, 1995; 76 Laws 2007, ch. 136, § 7, eff. July 12, 2007; 77 Laws 2009, ch. 43, § 3, eff. June 16, 2009; 78 Laws 2011, ch. 179, § 22, eff. Aug. 17, 2011; 79 Laws 2014, ch. 371, § 8, eff. July 29, 2014; 80 Laws 2016, ch. 234, § 3, eff. May 19, 2016.