DE SB55 | 2015-2016 | 148th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-5)
Status: Passed on August 10 2016 - 100% progression
Action: 2016-08-10 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


This Bill extends the number of days for an emergency ex parte order from 10 days to 15 days. Currently, an ex parte order is issued and a full hearing is scheduled within 10 days. This can be insufficient time to effectuate service of the order and petition on the respondent. If respondent has not been served, the hearing is rescheduled and the petitioner must return to court the following week. Scheduling the hearings within 15 days will allow more time for service on the respondent, and afford more time for the parties to prepare for the hearing. The amendment also extends the time to 15 days for an expedited emergency hearing when there has not been an ex parte order issued.

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An Act To Amend Title 10 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Family Court Of The State Of Delaware.


Roll Calls

2016-06-30 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 33 N: 3 NV: 3 Abs: 2) [PASS]


2016-08-10SenateSigned by Governor
2016-06-30HousePassed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 33 YES 3 NO 3 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-05-11HouseReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in House with 5 Favorable, 2 On Its Merits
2016-04-14HouseIntroduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House
2016-04-13SenatePassed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2016-04-13SenateReported Out of Committee (JUDICIARY) in Senate with 5 On Its Merits
2015-04-02SenateAssigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate

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