Lubbock County, Texas

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Domestic Relations


The Domestic Relations Office (DRO) in Lubbock County was established in early 2006.  As a statutorily-created DRO, we provide the following services:

Family/Divorce Mediation
Conservatorship, rights and duties during possession, visitation, child support, spousal maintenance, property/asset division, and debt/liability distribution are issues that can be mediated by a neutral third party.  Mediators are trained in the areas of family dynamics, child development and family law.

Parent Coordinator Or Facilitator Referrals
A parent coordinator or parent facilitator is an impartial person appointed by the Domestic Relations Office who works in accordance with the Texas Family Code Section 153.They help parents implement a workable co-parenting plan and assure that the child will have a safe, stable, and nonviolent environment. The individual assists the parents with issues such as conservatorship, rights and duties during possession, visitation and child support.

Community Supervision Program 
Under a contract with the Attorney General's Office, our office supervises non-custodial parents who have been found in contempt of a child support order.  The Community Supervision Officer verifies employment and place of residence and makes periodic reports to the Court and Attorney General's Office. The reports reflect exactly what is being done by the probationer. The program is designed to identify and reconcile the issues that prevent parents from making timely payments for the support of their children.
 

Supervised Visitation / Neutral Exchange
 Personnel and law enforcement will supervise the visitation and/or exchange of the children.  Visitation and exchange services takes place on the grounds of the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center.
Adoption Evaluations
In 2015 the legislature eliminated Social Studies and substituted it with contested custody, adoption and contested adoption evaluations. Adoption evaluations are conducted by DRO evaluators whom have agreed to complete the evaluations in accordance with the Texas Administrative Code. Timelines for adoption evaluations vary depending on the issues. Everyone should expect a minimum of 30 days up to 90 or more if new information is not provided or new issues arise.

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