About the Domestic Relations Unit
Chief Domestic Relations Officer
Karen Lehmann, MS, LPC
Phone: (417) 829-6149
Domestic Relations Officer, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Becky Cliffton, MS
Phone: (417) 829-6557
Michael Metz, MS, LPC
Phone: (417) 829-6116
Domestic Relations Officer, Common Ground
Karen Hester, MS
Phone: (417) 829-6140
Chelsey Ortiz, MS, LPC
Phone: (417) 829-6628
Domestic Relations Unit Secretary
Phone: (417) 829-6113
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.