Judy Branham
Executive Director

Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

500 E. San Antonio
Suite LL-108
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone (915) 834-8200
Fax (915) 834-8299

Management Action Plan

Domestic Relations Office

  • Friend of Court Division
  • The El Paso County Domestic Relations Office Friend of the Court Division is authorized, under Chapters 202 and 203 of the Texas Family Code, to provide various services related to parent-child orders entered in El Paso County, Texas.
  • Monitor and enforce child support and medical support orders issued by the courts of El Paso County
  • • Confirm direct payment credit in cases where noncustodial parent paid child support directly to the custodial parent instead of through the State Disbursement Unit
  • Enforce unreimbursed uninsured medical expenses
  • • Issue, reduce and/or terminate administrative writs of withholding
  • Enforce a withholding order against an employer who fails or refuses to withhold child support
  • Calculate child support delinquency and/or credit balance
  • • Modify and/or clarify an existing child support or medical support order (Currently, the EPCDRO does not file motions to increase or decrease child support orders)
  • Enforce access/possession (visitation) orders issued by the courts of El Paso County
  • The El Paso County Domestic Relations Office will enforce court orders for child support and visitation through the “Friend of the Court” program. When the DRO accepts an application for enforcement, the DRO represents neither the applicant nor the respondent.
  • The DRO represents only the interests of the court that rendered the order as the “Friend of the Court.” Each party to the case has the right to hire an attorney to represent him or her in any court action that may be taken by the DRO.
  • Any person that is a party to a case may apply for services through the Friend of the Court program, as long as the following criteria are met:
  • 1) Copies of all orders in the case must be provided at the time of application
  • 2) The order to be enforced was issued by an El Paso court, or has already been transferred to El Paso if it was originally issued by a court outside of El Paso;
  • 3) There is no litigation pending;
  • 4) The obligee (for a child support case) is not receiving welfare (and has not otherwise assigned support rights to the State of Texas or the Attorney Generals’ Office), and the case is not already an Attorney General/Title IV-D case;
  • 5) There is a FINAL order for either child support or visitation in place (this includes divorce decrees, modification orders, paternity decrees or orders establishing the parent-child relationship, and protective orders, but not temporary orders);
  • 6) Applicant is current in payment of the annual service fee, in cases where that is owed.
  • Fees
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • • Order entered on or before 10/15/2000 – $30.00 (no child support service fee is due)
  • • Order entered on or after 10/16/2000 – no charge (current $36 annual child support service fee account)
  • Administrative writs of withholding
  • • Preparation and issuance if no order withholding entered by court – $70.00
  • • Reduction and/or termination of withholding – $70.00
  • • Enforcement of administrative writ against employer – $30.00
  • Enforcement of access and possession (visitation) orders – all cases are referred to the EPCDRO Access Facilitation Project to attempt mediation prior to the filing of a motion to enforce
  • • If court order was obtained through the Office of the Texas Attorney General – no charge
  • • If court order was obtained by a private attorney or on a pro se (self-representation) basis – $30.00
  • • In all cases, 3 police reports for interference of child custody must be provided at the time of application (actual report must be requested from the law enforcement agency; the report information sheet will not be accepted)