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DE Family Court Task Force Asking For Public Input

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DELAWARE - A Delaware Family Court task force says they want to hear from members of the public as it readies its recommendations to the General Assembly.

The group, reportedly appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins and Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, is charged with reviewing the feasibility of opening Family Court proceedings to the public. According to reports, current Family Court proceedings involve adoption or termination of parental rights, custody rights and visitation, dependency or neglect, guardianship, paternity, divorce, alimony, and property division.

Officials say these proceedings are legally "presumed closed" unless participants can make a case for  opening proceedings to the public.  The task force is now reportedly discussing each of those cases to determine if a specific case type should continue to be "presumed closed" or changed to "presumed open."

Officials with the group say in order to do a comprehensive analysis of each case type, they are seeking input from the public.  Specifically, they say they would like to know what case type you were involved in, whether you think the court proceeding should stay "presumed closed" or be changed to "presumed open" and why you feel that way. 

The task force's next public session is scheduled to be held on January 23rd from 9:00 AM to 9:55 AM in the second floor Senate Hearing Room at Legislative Hall in Dover.  

If people are unable to attend, they can send written comments to Dick.Carter@state.de.us. You may also call Dick Carter at 302-744-4155 to give him your opinion. Comments will reportedly be anonymous.

For more information on the task force, visit their website.

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