In September 2017, Thomas E. Gay joined the law firm with Julianne E. Murray and Ronald D. Phillips, Jr. forming the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay. Mr. Gay was a partner with the law firm of Stumpf, Vickers & Sandy, P.A. in Georgetown, Delaware from 1999 to 2017. Mr. Gay has also been a guest speaker at “Fundamentals of Family Law”, “Custody Evaluations for the Private Practitioner”, “Property Division in the Family Court”, “Divorce Law 101-Obtaining the Best Settlement for Your Client in Delaware”, to name a few. Mr. Gay was selected as one of the Top Delaware Family Law/Divorce […]
Family law proceedings concern legal matters between individuals in which a domestic connection is the common thread. Attorneys who practice family law frequently represent individuals in divorce, child custody, adoption, guardianship, and other domestic issues. When a person needs legal representation or must go to court regarding a family law concern, it is important that the person retain a family law attorney to gain knowledge about the legal process and get a thorough understanding of the individual’s rights.
There have been several recent changes to the way Custody disputes in Delaware are addressed by the Court. The Family Court in Delaware has always promoted an equitable arrangement that fits the needs of the parents and their children. However, what is considered equitable has changed and has now been provided for in the new contact guidelines. The stated goal with this recent approach is to have the children spend as much quality time with each parent as possible. For illustration purposes, the old Standard Visitation Guidelines should be compared to the newer Contact Guidelines. […]
Delaware has had child custody guidelines for many years. Recently, those guidelines have been modified to allow for a more equal division of contact than the previous guidelines provided. The previous guidelines provided for the designation of a primary placement parent and a visiting parent. This resulted in the placement parent having the vast majority of the time with the child while the visiting parent was left with very little quality parenting time. In a nutshell, the former guidelines allowed the visiting parent to have visitation rights every other weekend and one evening a week for two to three hours. […]