MEDIATION

REQUIREMENT

Mediation is required on all cases EXCEPT Uncontested Divorces. All cases that fail to go to mediation prior to trial will be dismissed. 


THERE IS NO NEED TO FILE A MOTION FOR MEDIATION


Prior To Setting A Temporary Orders Hearing: 

Absent good cause shown, all parties and their attorneys are required to attend mediation prior to any temporary orders; 


Prior To Final Trial: 

All parties and their attorneys are required to attend mediation before a trial date even if the parties mediated prior to temporary orders. may be requested unless excepted by the Court or in Applications for Protective Orders and contempt actions;


Exceptions:

If the case is inappropriate for mediation, a motion to waive mediation must be filed with a notice of hearing which shall be heard at least 10 days prior to trial.


Appointment Of A Mediator: 

Parties are encouraged to agree on a mediator. If the parties are unable to agree, the Court will appoint a mediator, or the parties may automatically be referred to the DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER, 1737 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 11, Bryan, Texas 77802, Telephone: (979) 822-6947 .


Informal Settlement Agreements: 

If a reasonable agreement has been reached through mediation or through the informal settlement process Texas Family Code, Section 6.604, those reasonable agreements will be honored by the Court. A certificate of mediation settlement/or inability to settle at mediation signed by the mediator must be filed with the clerk prior to a trial on the merits.

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