Family Law Overview

Making Sense of a Complex Legal System

Delaware uses a bifurcated system in the most common issues of family law. This means each stage of your case is handled separately. People getting divorced in Delaware, could face up to four different hearings for each issue you face. Keeping this sometimes-complicated family law machine moving forward is one of my most important duties as your lawyer.

Contact Amy Butler at the law office of Carucci Butler, LLC, at 302-397-3798 or through the Web site to put her experience in handling Delaware family law cases to work for you.


Delaware usually requires that couples be separated for six months before granting a divorce. Hearings on the questions of child support, child custody, property division, marital assets and spousal support are all handled separately.

You want a lawyer who has experience dealing with these sometimes-complicated divorce proceedings to guide you toward realizing your goals and preserving your rights.

 Child Custody Support

In most cases, Delaware law requires parents to enter into mediation on questions of child custody and support before the case goes before a judge. You are far better off having a lawyer who knows how to negotiate for you in mediation than leaving decisions about your future with your child up to the final say of a judge.

Most parents don’t want to drag their children through long and painful divorce proceedings. When it comes to cases involving child support and custody, I am focused on preserving your parental rights while reaching a speedy resolution.

Property Division and Spousal Support

It is important to know how and when to petition the court on questions of property division, or else you could lose rights you might never have known you had. I understand how emotional people can be about their money, and conflicts over alimony threaten to become the most heated.

I stay focused on what I think the judge will grant you should the case go all the way to trial, and try to direct the negotiation toward a settlement that is at least that good or better. I believe that the deal you negotiate is often better for you because it is within your own control, while saving you pain and money in the process.