Domestic Relations Office Attorneys and staff serve as a "FRIEND OF THE COURT" and do not represent you or any party.
Visitation Enforcement Services are offered as a part of Travis County's Cooperative Parenting Program.
What is Visitation Enforcement?
Visitation Enforcement helps non-custodial parents who are being denied access to their children, have conflict with the co-parent, or have on-going conflict during exchanges.. Not all cases will qualify for legal action. Determination of legal criteria for enforcement is made on a case-by-case basis by the visitation attorney.
If your final court order was issues by another county or state, please see the Intervention Services page.
Components of the Visitation Enforcement Program
- Education - Cooperative Parenting Classes -
Focus groups provide parents with helpful tools that encourage a healthy family environment for their children, during and after parental conflict.
The Cooperative Parenting Course is also available on-line in Spanish and English.For more information, or to enroll, visit www.txparent.com.
- Case Management - The visitation enforcement officer will gather relevant information, maintain necessary contact with parents, provide guidance throughout the enforcement process, and initiate referrals to other community resources as needed.
- Legal Intervention - An in-house attorney will review court orders and initiate court proceedings to enforce visitation as deemed necessary.
Services for resolving child access and visitation issues include:
- conflict resolution meetings between parents**
- telephone conferences, appointments with parents**
- parent-child mediations(typically for teenage children)
- legal action through civil contempt for denial of possession
- classes for parents to enhance cooperative parenting skills
- access to monitored neutral children exchange sites- Kids Exchange Network
- referrals for therapeutic visits between parents and children
- reunification plans (typically to reintroduce parents to children after a long absence)
- parenting plans
**Special arrangements are made in family violence cases
How to apply:
- In person - applications are available in our office located at 1010 Lavaca Street, Austin TX 78701 or download an application from our forms page.
- By mail - mail the completed application to the Domestic Relations Office, P.O. 1495, Austin TX 78767
- By fax - fax the completed application to (512) 854-9819
You may use our Visitation Denial Log (found on our forms page) to keep a record of visitation violations.
All applicants are required to attend an orientation, held each Wednesday at 1:30 PM at the Domestic Relations Office. All applicants must bring their final court order to the orientation. NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED AT THE ORIENTATION
All applicants are expected to follow all program rules and guidelines, provided to you in the orientation meeting.
How can I change my court order?
To change your court order or visitation rights, you will need to go to court. You may contact the following agencies for affordable legal assistance if you do not have an attorney already:
- Legal Aid (512) 374-2700
- Lawyer Referral Service (512) 472-8303
- Travis County Self Help Center (512) 854-9019