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OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN.

and that all other provisions of this Act shall be valid and enforceable.

Section 15. This Act shall take effect on the first day of April, A. D. 1913.

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OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN.

CHAPTER 263.

OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN.

AN ACT in Reference to the Adoption of Persons upwards of Twenty

one Years of Age.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

wards of twenty-one

Section 1. That any person, or any husband and wife Adoption of jointly, desiring to adopt any person or persons upwards . of twenty-one years of age shall make application in years of age writing to the Orphans' Court of the County wherein the applicant or applicants or the person or persons so to be adopted, reside, stating that they desire to adopt such person or persons, giving his, her or their ages as near as may be, his, her or their sex, and that the applicant or applicants desire to adopt said person or persons; said application to be duly signed by the applicant or applicants.

Orphans'

& certificate of

Section 2. Upon compliance with the above require-Orp ments and upon said person or persons so to be adopted Court to rise up appearing in said Court and consenting thereto, the Or- adoption phans' Court of the County in which the application is filed shall in its discretion render a decree ordering the issuance of a certificate of adoption to the applicant or applicants, stating the sex, age as near as may be, and the name by which the person or persons adopted shall form of thereafter be known, and that henceforth and forever all certificat the duties, rights, privileges and obligations recognized by law between parent and child shall exist between the applicant or applicants and the person or persons so adopted as fully and to all intents and purposes as if the

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Filing of papers

said person or persons were the lawful and natural offspring or issue of the person or persons making the application for his, her or their adoption. The clerk of the Court in which such application is made shall file the application and any and all papers pertaining thereto among the records of said Court and shall record in the record book in which the record of other adoptions is kept all the proceedings in such case, together with the decree of the Court, which record or a duly certified copy thereof shall be evidence.

Costs

Section 3. The costs in such case shall be taxed by the Court on the person or persons making the application.

Approved February 20, A. D. 1913.

OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN.

CHAPTER 264.

OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN.

AN ACT in relation to the changing of Names of residents of the

State of Delaware.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met:

Section 1. After the approval of this act any person Change of who shall desire to have his or her name changed shall name present a petition duly verified to the Superior Court sitting in the county in which such person resides setting forth such person's name, and the name he or she desires to assume.

Section 2. If the name sought to be changed be that of If a minor a minor, the said petition shall be signed by at least one of said minor's parents if there be a parent living, or if both parents be dead, by the legal guardian of such min. or, and when the minor shall be over the age of fourteen, the said petition shall also be signed by the said minor.

of notice

Section 3. No such petition shall be granted unless it Publishing affirmatively appears that the said petition has been published in a newspaper published in the county in which such proceeding is had, at least once a week for three weeks before the said petition is filed.

Section 4. Upon presentation of said petition and it Granting of

petition appearing that the requirements of this act have been fully complied with, and there appearing no reason for

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not granting the said petition, the prayer of the said petition may be granted.

Costs

Section 5. The costs of the proceedings shall be paid by the petitioner or petitioners.

Approved March 22, A. D. 1913.

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