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Legal Statutes: Delaware

UPDATED April 12, 2017

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Chapter 15. DIVORCE AND ANNULMENT

back to top§ 1502. Purpose; construction

This chapter shall be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes, which are:

(1) To promote the amicable settlement of disputes that have arisen between parties to a marriage;

(2) To mitigate the potential harm to spouses and their children caused by the process of legal dissolution of marriage;

(3) To make the law of divorce more effective for dealing with the realities of matrimonial experience by making irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship the sole basis for divorce;

(4) To permit dissolution of a marriage where the marriage is irretrievably broken despite the objections of an unwilling spouse;

(5) To award alimony under this chapter to a dependent party but only during the continuance of such dependency;

(6) To award alimony in appropriate cases so as to encourage parties to become self-supporting;

(7) [Repealed.]
59 Laws 1974, ch. 350, § 1; 61 Laws 1978, ch. 204, § 1; 62 Laws 1979, ch. 168, § 1.