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