CHAPTER 402

FORMERLY

SENATE BILL NO. 640

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENTS NO. 1 AND 2

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 9 AND CHAPTER 11, TITLE 13, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF JURISDICTION OVER ADOPTION AND TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS FROM THE SUPERIOR COURT TO THE FAMILY COURT AND PROVIDING A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION THEREFOR.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE: Section I. Amend Chapter 9, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the words

"Superior Court" as they appear therein and inserting in lieu thereof the words "Family

Court."

Section 2. Amend Chapter 9, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the word "Prothonotary" as it appears therein and inserting in lieu thereof the words "Clerk of Court."

Section 3. Amend Chapter LI, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the words "Superior Court" as they appear therein and inserting in lieu thereof the words "Family Court."

Section 4. Amend Chapter LI, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by striking the word "Prothonotary" as it appears therein and inserting in lieu thereof the words "Clerk of Court."

Section 6. This is a supplementary appropriation and the funds hereby appropriated shall be paid by the State Treasurer out of funds in the General Fund of the State of Delaware not otherwise appropriated.

Section 7. This Act shall become effective sixty (60) days after its enactment. Actions commenced prior to the effective date of this Act shall be governed by the provisions of Chapters 9 and 11, Title 13 of the Delaware Code operative prior to such effective date, and those provisions shall remain in effect as to those actions as if this Act was not in effect.

Section 8. Amend Chapter 9, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by adding a new subsection (d) to Section 912 to read as follows:

"(d) If the Court orders any further social investigation or any supplement of the social report, any such investigation should be conducted, and any such supplement shall be prepared, by the said Department or the authorized agency party to the proceedings."

Section 9. Amend Chapter 11, Title 13 of the Delaware Code by adding a new sentence at the end of Section 1105, subsection (c) to read as follows:

"If the Court orders any further social investigation or any supplement of the social report, any such investigation should be conducted, and any such supplement shall be prepared, by the said Department or the authorized agency party to the proceedings."

Approved July 11, 1980.