Harris County Domestic Relations Office

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

The Harris County Domestic Relations Office is continuing to provide all statutory services.  In keeping with efforts to...
03/23/2020
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The Harris County Domestic Relations Office is continuing to provide all statutory services. In keeping with efforts to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), in-person services have been suspended. The Office is providing services through virtual platforms and telephonic conference.

Mediations and parent conferences are being provided through zoom.com. Should you have a scheduled mediation, you will receive notification the day before on how to log into zoom.com to conduct same. Mediated Settlement Agreements are signed in real time using DocHub, via facsimile or e-mail.

Adoption evaluations and custody evaluations are continuing. Mental Health Evaluators are interviewing adult participants by phone, collecting collateral information and analyzing the data. Evaluators will conduct home visits in the future when permission is granted to go back into homes. Reports will not be filed until all statutory elements are completed.

Our Group Supervised Visitation has been cancelled for March 2020 and April 3, 2020. Noncustodial parents in our supervised visitation program may contact the office and we will attempt to arrange telephone conferences between a parent and child.

Child Support and Possession/Access establishment, enforcement, and modification services are being provided via telephone. Enforcement hearings have been extended 60 days.

Community supervision – All monthly reporting is occurring through our case management system Automon or through telephone reporting.

Clients may continue to apply for services online through our website https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/default.aspx or via telephone at the main number 713-274-7300. The website has a wealth of information to assist you.

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!!

05/20/2019

The DRO Visitation Center continues to grow. A third site opened in May 2019, at Sunset United Methodist Church, 709 Allendale Road, Pasadena, Texas 77502.

05/20/2019

The Domestic Relations Office’s Visitation Center is in need of volunteers to assist with various duties. The Visitation Center provides supervised visitation of children as ordered by the Harris County Family District Courts. We are in need of volunteers to assist with creating files, running background checks, assisting with craft kits, and other important duties. Volunteers can be used Monday – Friday from 8 – 4:30 p.m. If you, someone on your staff, family or friend would like to volunteer, please contact Gwen Adams at 713-274-7291. Thank you!

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.

02/21/2019

The DRO Visitation Center continues to grow. A third site is opening April 2019, and we have identified a fourth site to open this Summer. Visitation sites are located Central and Northeast, with expansion soon, south and west.

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.

ABOUT USThe Harris County Domestic Relations Office consists of three distinct, yet inter-dependent divisions: Family Co...
05/11/2016
Mission

ABOUT US

The Harris County Domestic Relations Office consists of three distinct, yet inter-dependent divisions: Family Court Services, Legal Enforcement and Community Supervision, with a mission to ensure that:
• Children are afforded quality time, in a safe environment, with both available parents.
• Children timely receive the financial support needed to grow up and thrive in life.
• Parents understand alternatives to family litigation, the importance of keeping children out of parental conflict and the consequences of failing to follow court orders.
• Excellent customer service is provided, including courteous, professional and effective communication with the public we serve.


Mission
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Mission.aspx

News & Events
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/News_Events.aspx

Directions & Parking
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Directions.aspx

Contact Us & Hours
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx

The Harris County Domestic Relations Office consists of three distinct, yet inter-dependent divisions: Family Court Services, Legal Enforcement and Community Supervision, with a mission to ensure that:

COURT SERVICESA Family District Court may order a child custody evaluation when conservatorship or possession/access of ...
05/11/2016
Child Custody Evaluations

COURT SERVICES
A Family District Court may order a child custody evaluation when conservatorship or possession/access of a child is contested. The evaluation is a forensic assessment of the needs of a child(ren) and each parent's or other parties' ability to meet those needs. Information is collected from interviews with the parents, child(ren), significant others and collateral witnesses; review of school, medical and mental health records; home visits; collateral sources, including court records, criminal histories, TDFPS history and personal references; and other sources to determine which placement is in the best interest of the child. The evaluation follows the requirements of Chapter 107, Texas Family Code.
A written report is filed with the Court in approximately ninety (90) days after assignment. The report includes the Evaluator's recommendation as to which party may provide the most nurturing and stable environment for the child. The recommendation of the Evaluator will be taken into consideration by the Court and/or Jury when making a decision in the case.
The fee for a custody/parenting time social study is based on a sliding scale contained in the Court's order and must be paid before the evaluation begins. Fees can be paid in cash, cashier's check, money order, or credit card and are nonrefundable.


Child Custody Evaluations
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Child-Custody-Evaluations.aspx

Adoption Evaluations
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Adoption-Evaluations.aspx

Issue Based Investigations
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Issue-Based-Investigations.aspx

Parenting Coordination
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/ParentingCoordination.aspx

A Family District Court may order a child custody evaluation when conservatorship or possession/access of a child is contested. The evaluation is a forensic assessment of the needs of a child(ren) and each parent's or other parties' ability to meet those needs. Information is collected from intervie...

Possession & AccessIf a parent has been ordered to pay child support and is not paying, this Office may assist with enfo...
05/11/2016
PA_Establishment

Possession & Access
If a parent has been ordered to pay child support and is not paying, this Office may assist with enforcing the child support order. In some cases, child support can be enforced without going to court. Contact the Domestic Relations Office and schedule an appointment to enforce child support.
In some cases, child support can be enforced without going to court
If a parent has received medicaid or TANF assistance on behalf of the child(ren), then the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has been assigned the right to enforce your child support. Please contact the OAG at 800-252-8014 for this service.


Child Possession and Access Establishment
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/PA_Establishment.aspx

Child Access and Possession Enforcement Services
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/PA_Enforcement.aspx

Child Access and Possession FAQs
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/FAQ.aspx?Category=Possession/Access

Child Access and Possession Forms
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Forms.aspx?Area=Possession/Access

Child Access and Possession Links
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Links.aspx?Category=Possession/Access

Children bring joy, love and hope into our lives. For unmarried couples, it also brings the added responsibility of establishing paternity for their child. Establishing paternity is one of the most important steps unmarried parents can take because it creates a legal relationship between a father…

Community SupervisionIf a parent denies the other parent possession/access to their child or fails to pay child support ...
05/11/2016
Monthly Reporting

Community Supervision
If a parent denies the other parent possession/access to their child or fails to pay child support pursuant to an order, the Court may hold that parent in contempt. As punishment, the Court may place that parent on community supervision (probation) instead of incarcerating them. While on community supervision, this Office will monitor the parent's compliance with the Court's order.
In addition, the Office may require that the parent submit to random drug testing, attend a parenting class, complete substance abuse intervention or seek employment assistance. If that parent fails to comply with any condition of community supervision, a motion to revoke seeking incarceration may be filed.


The Program
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Monthly-Reporting.aspx

Monthly Monitoring
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Online-Orientation.aspx

Parenting Class
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Online-Parenting-Class.aspx

Employment Assistance
https://dro.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Employment-Assistance.aspx?Category=Weekly/Job/Resource/Guide

If a parent denies the other parent possession/access to their child or fails to pay child support pursuant to an order, the Court may hold that parent in contempt. As punishment, the Court may place that parent on community supervision (probation) instead of incarcerating them. While on communit....

Harris County Domestic Relations Office
05/10/2016

Harris County Domestic Relations Office

Harris County Domestic Relations Office's cover photo
05/10/2016

Harris County Domestic Relations Office's cover photo

Address

1310 Prairie St., 10th Floor
Houston, TX
77002

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

713-274-7300

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Our Story

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

b. Visitation Enforcement

c. Mediations

d. Child Custody Evaluations

e. Supervised Group Visitation

f. Child Support Enforcement

g. Parenting Coordination

h. Child Support Terminations

i. Parenting Classes

j. Issue Based Investigations

k. Community Supervision

l. Parent Conferences

Through these services,


  • Parents discover that mediation is a preferred alternative to litigation.

  • Parents understand and keep children out of parental conflict

  • Parents are aware of the consequences of failing to follow court orders.

  • Children receive both emotional and financial support from each parent.

  • Children are afforded quality time, in a safe environment with both parents.

  • Children timely receive the financial support needed to grow up and thrive in life

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