Comal County now accepting applications for family protection funds

The county collected more than $9,500 in funds during 2021 through a fee charged for every local divorce filing. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
The county collected more than $9,500 in funds during 2021 through a fee charged for every local divorce filing. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

The county collected more than $9,500 in funds during 2021 through a fee charged for every local divorce filing. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local nonprofit organizations and family service providers are now able to apply for funds collected by Comal County through the family protection fee, according to a press release.

The county collects a $15 fee for each divorce case filed in district courts that is then allocated to area organizations that provide intervention, family strengthening, mental health, counseling, legal and marriage preservation services to families in need.


“These funds are used by our local nonprofits to benefit families and children impacted by divorce and the problems that so often go along with these sad occurrences,” Comal County Commissioner Kevin Webb said in a press release. “We hope that these funds will play at least a small role in reducing family violence, child abuse and the potential lifelong negative effects of what happens to our community’s children during these very trying times in their lives.”

In 2021, $9,521.32 was collected through the fees and the Comal County Commissioners Court has appointed a committee to review applications for the funding.

Applications will be accepted through March 1 and funds will be awarded in April, according to the county.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.