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Harris County Domestic Relations Office The Harris County Domestic Relations Office: Family Court Services, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Enforcement, and Community Supervision.

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MEDIATIONSThe Domestic Relations Office provides mediation services for parties involved in a divorce, suit affecting a ...
03/09/2022

MEDIATIONS

The Domestic Relations Office provides mediation services for parties involved in a divorce, suit affecting a child, modification of a court order, and parentage action pending in the Harris County Family District Courts. Cases are mediated at no cost (Free) Monday through Friday via ZOOM.

To be eligible for this service, your case must involve a child who is 18 years of age or under and the parties must meet income requirements. The Court may order mediation or the parties may agree to mediate at the DRO.

DRO mediators have the advanced training necessary to mediate conservatorship, access, child support, and property issues. Resolution involves each party looking at what is best for their children. Executed mediation agreements are binding on the parties. If an agreement is reached, the parties will avoid a costly court trial.

From Our Partner Agency:  TEXAS LEGAL SERVICES CENTER is offering free, virtual clinics to assist noncustodial parents w...
02/16/2022
Custody During the Holidays | TLSC Clinic

From Our Partner Agency:

TEXAS LEGAL SERVICES CENTER is offering free, virtual clinics to assist noncustodial parents with making their spring break and summer election possession choices by the coming deadlines. You may register at https://www.tlsc.org/parenting.

Non-custodial parents will work with attorneys to create holiday parenting schedules based on their possession orders. Attorneys will also provide access/visitation, modification, and enforcement information. The clinic is open to all non-custodial parents — including those who do not have a standard order.

Parents can chat with a TLSC Attorney about parenting legal issues like visitations, custody, and modifications to those types of court orders. LiveChat is available on txaccess.org during operating hours.

Non-custodial parents will work with attorneys to create holiday parenting schedules based on their possession orders. Attorneys can also answer access / visitation, modification, and enforcement questions. The clinic is open to all non-custodial parents — including those who do not have a standar...

GIVE KIDS A SMILE - NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTHThe DRO promotes healthy kids by encouraging parents to provi...
02/01/2022

GIVE KIDS A SMILE - NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

The DRO promotes healthy kids by encouraging parents to provide not only medical insurance but dental insurance. February is National Children’s Dental Health month to increase awareness about dental hygiene and dental insurance. If your court order does not provide for medical or dental support contact our Legal Services Division to find out if we can help you. This is one of the many services our Legal Services Division handles free of charge.

On Monday, January 17, 2021, we will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man of faith, compassi...
01/14/2022

On Monday, January 17, 2021, we will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man of faith, compassion, and dedication. He reminded us all that “human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” and that “the time is always ripe to do right.” He challenged us all to live up to the ideals enshrined in our founding documents – that we are all created equal, endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
At the DRO, we recognize the human dignity in all of the people we serve. Our services are provided to all equally. We recognize that each individual has unique gifts and value to offer their children. As we remember Dr. King, let’s recommit ourselves to the standard he set, the legacy that lives on, and the challenge that remains.

12/22/2021
11/24/2021
November is Family Stories Month, which is an excellent time to share stories and learn about family history, on top of ...
11/15/2021

November is Family Stories Month, which is an excellent time to share stories and learn about family history, on top of making new memories! Here are some ideas to get rolling as you start celebrating the holidays:

• Prepare a list of questions or memory prompts and ask family members to share their stories during family gatherings. Don’t be surprised if someone remembers events differently!
• Email questions in advance to spark memories.
• Offer to compile stories in a family memoir book.

Enjoy the time with family and making more stories. Most of all, have fun and celebrate each other!

11/11/2021
Thank you to everyone who has been using the new required Record of Support (ROS) Order form, effective September 1. As ...
11/04/2021

Thank you to everyone who has been using the new required Record of Support (ROS) Order form, effective September 1. As a reminder, this form must be submitted with all child support orders in Harris County. It is available on our website at https://dro.harriscountytx.gov for your convenience.

Did you know the DRO has a Community Supervision Unit that supervises parents who have: (1)  denied the other parent pos...
11/02/2021

Did you know the DRO has a Community Supervision Unit that supervises parents who have: (1) denied the other parent possession/access to their child; (2) violated child-related injunctions; or (3) failed to pay their child support? Probationers report monthly to an officer who monitors the court-ordered terms and conditions and seeks to remove barriers preventing compliance with the Court’s order. In addition, Community Supervision Officers assist with job searches to ensure parents receive income and their children receive timely child support. A partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission and other resources enables the production of a DRO weekly job resource guide that is given to each unemployed probationer and shared with the Child Support Associate Judges. Learn more at https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Employment-Assistance.aspx?Category=Weekly%20Job%20Resource%20Guide

The statistics are staggering, the effects are lingering. On average, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. ...
10/19/2021
NCADV | National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The statistics are staggering, the effects are lingering. On average, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (https://ncadv.org/). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). While DVAM elevates the depth of this issue and the need for action, we recognize how it touches hundreds in our community, including our precious children. The NCADV offers webinars, discussions, and other resources to help educate everyone.

NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.

Today is Constitution Day to celebrate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates on September 1...
09/17/2021

Today is Constitution Day to celebrate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787. Celebrate by learning some fun facts at https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/resources/constitution-day-ff.pdf, or view the full text of the constitution at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution! You can also find out about the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/founding-fathers. Happy Constitution Day!

Effective September 1st...The 2021 Texas Legislature amended the Record of Support (ROS) referenced in Section 105.008, ...
08/23/2021

Effective September 1st...

The 2021 Texas Legislature amended the Record of Support (ROS) referenced in Section 105.008, Texas Family Code. The revised ROS replaces the Harris County Child Support Information Sheet and is available on our website at https://dro.harriscountytx.gov. The ROS is necessary to open a child support account at the Texas State Disbursement Unit and ensure timely disbursement of child support. In addition, the ROS allows parties/attorneys to enroll in the Harris County FOCAS program by selecting IV-D child support services. Parties enrolled in FOCAS receive wrap-around child support services at NO cost. Should you have any questions, please contact our office at 713-274-7300.

08/16/2021
Did you know the DRO employs mental health professionals (LPC, LMFT, and LMSW) who conduct Child Custody Evaluations? Th...
07/28/2021

Did you know the DRO employs mental health professionals (LPC, LMFT, and LMSW) who conduct Child Custody Evaluations? The evaluation process follows guidelines in TFC Chapter 107 and concludes with a forensic report providing conservatorship and access/possession recommendations. Evaluations assist lawyers, parents, and Family District Courts with determining the best parenting arrangement for families. Learn more at https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Child-Custody-Evaluations.aspx

Celebrating all parents for the teamwork you put into raising your children as their protectors, teachers, providers, an...
07/25/2021

Celebrating all parents for the teamwork you put into raising your children as their protectors, teachers, providers, and role models.❤ #NationalParentsDay

We just found out about this day celebrating the bond between parents and their kids. Hugs and more hugs!! #GlobalHugYou...
07/22/2021

We just found out about this day celebrating the bond between parents and their kids. Hugs and more hugs!! #GlobalHugYourKidsDay

Hurricane season is here again! Are you ready? Keep yourselves and your loved ones safe – www.readyharris.org can help, ...
07/07/2021
Ready Harris

Hurricane season is here again! Are you ready? Keep yourselves and your loved ones safe – www.readyharris.org can help, with a disaster kit checklist and more. #ReadyRoundtheClock

The recent extraordinary winter weather caused burst pipes and other damage to homes and businesses across the county.  Harris County is working with government and private sector agencies to coordinate resources to help those left in need. We will post information on the ReadyHarris recovery pag...

Make this Fourth of July memorable by counting your blessings and truly appreciating your freedom.
07/01/2021

Make this Fourth of July memorable by counting your blessings and truly appreciating your freedom.

You are everything in your child's eyes. Happy Father's Day!
06/18/2021

You are everything in your child's eyes. Happy Father's Day!

05/28/2021

The Domestic Relations Office is reopening many of its services for in-person appointments. Please contact us at 713-274-7300 to schedule your appointment for services.

09/03/2019

The DRO's Visitation Center is expanding. Over 330 cases have been referred to us in the last 15 months. The Center opened its 5th site on August 31, 2019 at The Church at Bethel's Family in Southwest Houston. Our 6th site is projected to open on September 21, 2019 at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church in Northwest Houston, and our 7th site is projected to open in October/November 2019 at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church in West Houston.

Since existing sites cover Northeast, Southeast, Central, and Midtown Houston, we are in every quadrant and growing!!

03/26/2019

Good news! Effective Monday, April 1, 2019, the Domestic Relations Office will begin providing Child Support Payment Records to attorneys and parties at the Harris County Civil Courthouse.

a. Attorneys and parties may request Child Support Payment Records from the DRO Intake Office on the 17th Floor of the Civil Courthouse, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
b. Attorneys will be required to complete and sign a Request Form confirming they are the attorney of record for a specific party.
c. Parties will be required to complete a Request Form and show picture identification for authentication at the time of request.

This service will prove helpful to family lawyers and their clients who are negotiating child support matters.

The Texas Lawyer selected the Harris County Domestic Relations Office as the 2018 Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Pr...
10/25/2018

The Texas Lawyer selected the Harris County Domestic Relations Office as the 2018 Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider in Houston. Congratulations to our mediation staff who deserve this recognition for helping families resolve their family law disputes every day. Thank you to the family judiciary and family bar for the opportunity to be of assistance to families.

On Tuesday, Harris County Commissioners Court issued a proclamation recognizing the DRO’s accomplishment. Featured in this picture are County Judge Ed Emmett, Commissioner Cagle, Commissioner Ellis, Commissioner Morman, Commission Radack, Honorable Roy Moore, David Simpson, Barbara Schnack and Yvette Edwards.

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The Harris County Domestic Relations Office consists of four distinct, yet inter-dependent divisions: Family Court Services, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Enforcement and Community Supervision. Specifically, the DRO provides the following services:

a. Adoption Evaluations

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MEDIATIONS The Domestic Relations Office provides mediation services for parties involved in a divorce, suit affecting a child, modification of a court order, and parentage action pending in the Harris County Family District Courts. Cases are mediated at no cost (Free) Monday through Friday via ZOOM. To be eligible for this service, your case must involve a child who is 18 years of age or under and the parties must meet income requirements. The Court may order mediation or the parties may agree to mediate at the DRO. DRO mediators have the advanced training necessary to mediate conservatorship, access, child support, and property issues. Resolution involves each party looking at what is best for their children. Executed mediation agreements are binding on the parties. If an agreement is reached, the parties will avoid a costly court trial.
From Our Partner Agency: TEXAS LEGAL SERVICES CENTER is offering free, virtual clinics to assist noncustodial parents with making their spring break and summer election possession choices by the coming deadlines. You may register at https://www.tlsc.org/parenting. Non-custodial parents will work with attorneys to create holiday parenting schedules based on their possession orders. Attorneys will also provide access/visitation, modification, and enforcement information. The clinic is open to all non-custodial parents — including those who do not have a standard order. Parents can chat with a TLSC Attorney about parenting legal issues like visitations, custody, and modifications to those types of court orders. LiveChat is available on txaccess.org during operating hours.
GIVE KIDS A SMILE - NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH The DRO promotes healthy kids by encouraging parents to provide not only medical insurance but dental insurance. February is National Children’s Dental Health month to increase awareness about dental hygiene and dental insurance. If your court order does not provide for medical or dental support contact our Legal Services Division to find out if we can help you. This is one of the many services our Legal Services Division handles free of charge.
On Monday, January 17, 2021, we will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a man of faith, compassion, and dedication. He reminded us all that “human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” and that “the time is always ripe to do right.” He challenged us all to live up to the ideals enshrined in our founding documents – that we are all created equal, endowed with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. At the DRO, we recognize the human dignity in all of the people we serve. Our services are provided to all equally. We recognize that each individual has unique gifts and value to offer their children. As we remember Dr. King, let’s recommit ourselves to the standard he set, the legacy that lives on, and the challenge that remains.
November is Family Stories Month, which is an excellent time to share stories and learn about family history, on top of making new memories! Here are some ideas to get rolling as you start celebrating the holidays: • Prepare a list of questions or memory prompts and ask family members to share their stories during family gatherings. Don’t be surprised if someone remembers events differently! • Email questions in advance to spark memories. • Offer to compile stories in a family memoir book. Enjoy the time with family and making more stories. Most of all, have fun and celebrate each other!
Thank you to everyone who has been using the new required Record of Support (ROS) Order form, effective September 1. As a reminder, this form must be submitted with all child support orders in Harris County. It is available on our website at https://dro.harriscountytx.gov for your convenience.
Did you know the DRO has a Community Supervision Unit that supervises parents who have: (1) denied the other parent possession/access to their child; (2) violated child-related injunctions; or (3) failed to pay their child support? Probationers report monthly to an officer who monitors the court-ordered terms and conditions and seeks to remove barriers preventing compliance with the Court’s order. In addition, Community Supervision Officers assist with job searches to ensure parents receive income and their children receive timely child support. A partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission and other resources enables the production of a DRO weekly job resource guide that is given to each unemployed probationer and shared with the Child Support Associate Judges. Learn more at https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Employment-Assistance.aspx?Category=Weekly%20Job%20Resource%20Guide
The statistics are staggering, the effects are lingering. On average, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. will experience r**e, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (https://ncadv.org/). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). While DVAM elevates the depth of this issue and the need for action, we recognize how it touches hundreds in our community, including our precious children. The NCADV offers webinars, discussions, and other resources to help educate everyone.
Today is Constitution Day to celebrate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787. Celebrate by learning some fun facts at https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/resources/constitution-day-ff.pdf, or view the full text of the constitution at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution! You can also find out about the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/founding-fathers. Happy Constitution Day!