The Domestic Relations Office mediates divorces, suits affecting a child, modifications of existing court orders, and parentage action that are pending in the Harris County Family District Courts. To be eligible for this service, your case must involve a child who is 18 years of age or under and the parties’ combined annual income cannot exceed $125,000. The Court may order mediation or the parties may agree to mediate at the DRO.
Our mediators have the advanced training necessary to mediate conservatorship, access, child support, and property issues. Mediation services are offered at no cost for both temporary and final orders. Executed mediation agreements are binding on the parties. If an agreement is reached, parties may avoid a costly court trial.
Resolution involves each party looking at what is best for their children
Cases are mediated Monday through Friday via ZOOM. Only the parties and their attorneys may attend a DRO mediation. Other individuals will not be allowed.
WHEN WILL THE DRO RESUME IN-PERSON MEDIATIONS?
Most family law mediators were previously apprehensive and reluctant towards virtual mediations, citing confidentiality and professionalism concerns. However, the DRO anticipates a continued demand as we enter an increasingly virtual world. Virtual mediation does appear to be as effective, and certainly more convenient, than in-person mediation. We appreciate your patience and your partnership during this time.