Harris County DRO Parenting Coordination

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The Domestic Relations Office is now offering Parenting Coordination as authorized under Chapter 153, Subchapter K, Texas Family Code.  The service will be provided by a DRO employee who is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Master Social Worker, or Psychologist and has complied with the TFC’s training requirements.   There is a sliding scale fee based on each party’s gross income which compensates for six sessions.   Additional sessions are available, if needed.  By statute, Parenting Coordination is a confidential process that assists parties in;

  1. identifying disputed issues;
  2. reducing misunderstandings;
  3. clarifying priorities;
  4. exploring possibilities for problem solving;
  5. developing methods of collaboration in parenting;
  6. developing a parenting plan;
  7. understanding parenting plans and reaching agreements about parenting issues to be included in a parenting plan;
  8. complying with the Court’s order regarding conservatorship or possession of and access to the child;
  9. implementing parenting plans;
  10. obtaining training regarding problem solving, conflict management, and parenting skills; and
  11. settling disputes regarding parenting issues and reaching  proposed joint resolution or statement of intent regarding those disputes.

The Coordinator will conduct an individual meeting with each parents to identify the disputed issues.  Joint sessions will continue thereafter.  Each parent will receive the workbook Cooperative Parenting – Shielding Your Child From Conflict by Susan Boyan, M.Ed., L.M.F.T. and Ann Termini, M.S. L. P.C..  Parents will be assigned to read and work with the Coordinator on exercises in Co-Parenting Guide that relate to their disputed issues, both individually and in joint sessions.

About the Author

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas family law courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 6100 Corporate Dr Ste 190 Houston, Texas 77036 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

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