The Domestic Relations Office
(DRO) is encouraged by your interest and willingness to overcome
co-parenting challenges. We look forward to assisting your family
improve the relationship.
Steps Toward Resolution
Submit an Intake Form
- The intake form helps the DRO process important information
quickly. It is very important to fill out the entire form
- If you do not know the other parent’s address,
use the last known address.
2 . Attend Orientation
- During orientation you will have a chance to share, ask
questions, and receive answers.
- Orientations are generally
held at 3 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month except, the
November and December sessions are combined.
Parenting Coordination with Family Court Services (FCS)
- Parenting Coordination is a free service available to you even
if you chose not to submit an application and participate fully in
the Enforcement Program.
- Both parents are expected to make
every effort to co-parent with one another in good faith.
- Once you complete orientation and follow-up with FCS, the
Parenting Coordinator mails a letter to the other parent referring
them to Family Court Services. If the other parent refuses to
participate, Legal Support Services will send a letter notifying
that parent a complaint has been registered against them and legal
action is being considered.
- DRO requires both parents to
participate in Parenting Coordination, a mediation conference, prior
to filing a visitation enforcement action.
4. Submit Your
Application and the $50 Application Fee
- Your order MUST be filed with Tarrant County.
MUST have a good Tarrant County address on the other parent.
- You must FOLLOW THE COURT ORDER as it is written.
MUST have tried in person on at least three separate occasions to
visit the child as outlined in your order (all attempts must be
- Once received, your application will be reviewed
by Legal Support Services.
5. A Legal Support
Services Attorney Reviews Your Case with You
- The child must reside in Tarrant County with the other
parent. If the other parent and the child reside outside of Tarrant
County, the DRO is unable file an enforcement action.
DRO can only use the address you provide for the other parent or the
last address provided to the Court.
- The DRO is only able
to enforce FINAL ORDERS registered in Tarrant County. All actions
taken by the DRO will be limited to the enforcement of visitation in
the most recent final orders. If any motions regarding your
children are filed and pending, the DRO will not begin any
enforcement action until 30 days after the court enters final orders
on the pending litigation.
6. Legal Support
Services Files a Suit to Enforce a Court Order for Possession of and
Access to a Child
- The DRO initiates enforcement actions to optimize the
development of a close and continuing relationship between each
parent and child. The DRO does not initiate legal actions for the
purpose of punishing the other parent.
- As a county office,
Legal Support Services represents the interest of the County and the
State. Either parent may hire his or her own attorney at any
- You and the other parent each have the right to hire
your own attorney. This office is unable represent you, the other
parent or the child.
- You must be available to appear in
court to testify each time a hearing is scheduled.
- If the
case is being transferred out of Tarrant County, the DRO must
nonsuit the case.
- Be patient. Due to the nature of the
legal system, delays can and do occur often.
You may contact the Domestic Relations Office - Legal Support
Services for additional information below:
In person at the Family Law Center, 200 E. Weatherford St., 2nd
Floor, Fort Worth, Texas 76196
By Phone: 817-884-1879
By Email: DRO-Legal@tarrantcounty.com
When you call the DRO, if the legal support officer or the attorney
are unavailable, leave a detailed message with the receptionist
regarding the nature of your call. The DRO is prohibited from
discussing cases with anyone other than you and the other parent.