Legal Information: Delaware

Custody

Updated: 
October 26, 2018

Can I get support for my children and myself?

Both parents have to support a child until the child is 18 years of age or until they graduate high school.1 A “support petition” asking a judge to order a parent to pay child support can be filed in the Family Court. If you are divorced, your spouse may also be required to pay you alimony if you relied on him/her for financial support. You may have to go to mediation to try and settle the amount of child support and/or alimony you and your child can receive. This may be true unless one of the parties has committed an act of domestic violence against another party, or if they have been ordered to have no contact with the other party.2

1 13 Del. C. § 501
2 13 Del. C. § 1512