SENATE BILL NO. 128
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 59, TITLE 10 AND CHAPTER 8, TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CERTAIN NAME CHANGES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend §5901, Title 10, Delaware Code by striking the last sentence thereof In Its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:
"Family Court shall have jurisdiction over a change of name as part of divorce proceedings or as part of establishment of paternity under the uniform parentage act."
Section 2. Amend Chapter 8, Title 13, Delaware Code by adding a new §819, to read as follows:
"§819 Change of Name
If a party to an action filed under this Chapter requests the name of the child shall be changed by order of the Court, the party shall file a motion with the Court which set forth the following:
(1) The position of the other parties to the action; and
(2) The reason the request is being made; and
(3) If a child Is over the age of 14, the position of the child on having his/her name changed.
The Court shall grant the motion if it is deemed to be in the child's best Interest and is consistent with the Court's determination of the existence or nonexistence of parentage."
Approved July 12, 1989.