About the Domestic Relations Unit
Chief Domestic Relations Officer
Karen Lehmann MS, LPC (417) 829-6149
Domestic Relations Officer, Common Ground
Chelsey Ortiz, MS, LPC (417) 829-6628
Karen McIlravy, (417) 829-6113
Domestic Relations Officer, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Michael Metz, MS, LPC (417) 829-6116
Becky Cliffton Hopkins, MS (417) 829-6557
The Domestic Relations Unit provides services and support to separating, divorcing, and unmarried parents who have children together. Building a healthy separated family is not an event but a process and DR endeavors to make the transition less stressful for families.
Services and programs provided to families include: Alternative Dispute Resolution Class, Common Ground, Mediation, and therapeutic intervention. DR also ensures that families receive information about court and community resources that they may benefit from.
In addition DR provides assistance to the courts by conducting investigations, conducting Case Management Hearings, and tracking all cases filed in the family court system.