AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FAMILY COURT PROCEDURE.

This Act authorizes Family Court to interview a child outside the presence of the parties for the purpose of obtaining the child’s testimony and ascertaining the truth of a matter asserted by a party to a Protection from Abuse proceeding.  The Court may permit counsel to be present during the interview and ask the child questions.  The Court may also permit a party who is not present for the interview to submit questions of fact for the Court to use in interviewing the child.  Interviews under this Act must be made a part of the record.

Primary Sponsor: Representative Sean M. Lynn
Signed by the Governor: June 27, 2017

Senate Bill 102

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 10 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO FAMILY COURT PROCEDURE.

This Act consolidates laws related to child abuse and child sexual abuse training and detection, suicide prevention, bullying, criminal youth gang detection, and teen dating violence and sexual assault.  States that the DVCC shall identify and maintain a teen dating violence and sexual assault training program for school administrators, school nurses and school counselors serving grades 7-12.