Mediations

The Central Texas DRC mediates cases in three primary areas:

Community Disputes

This category covers a wide variety of cases. The common denominator is that they have a neighbor or community orientation and frequently do not have a legal, ordinance, or contractual basis for resolution. Examples of these cases are barking dogs, nuisance type behavior and incompatible land use to mention a few. In some cases they involve a neighbor and a neighboring business. These cases are often referred to CTDRC by law enforcement officers, police, sheriff deputies and constables, animal control agents and other county and municipal officials although referral is not a requirement and the parties themselves can contact CTDRC directly.

Civil Cases

Civil cases that have been filed in the JP courts, district courts or county courts at law fall in this category. Cases that would fall in the jurisdiction of each court are also appropriate for mediation before the cases are filed with the court.

Family, Divorce and Child Custody

As the title implies these cases deal with family and parent/child relationships. Divorce cases involving property distribution as well as child custody, visitation and child support fall in this category. Suits affecting parent child relationships, which are cases of unmarried parents who are separating and have children, are also in this category. Included are cases dealing with modification of divorce decrees.

Central Texas DRC Mediation Services Cost

Fees vary depending on the type of case. It is our goal and objective to serve the underserved and the unserved, where the parties are economically burdened, the Central Texas DRC uses a sliding scale. Please contact our office if you have any questions about the fees or don't see where your case fits into the fee schedule please call our office (512)878-0382 or fill out the form on the Contact page.

Community Disputes

Central Texas DRC accepts virtually all of these cases however there may be specific circumstances to decline a case at Central Texas DRC's prerogative.

Cost: For a four hour mediation, $50 per party. For an eight hour session, $100 per party. For mediations extending beyond the originally scheduled time, $50 per party.

Civil Cases

The amount in dispute must be under $50,000.

There is no fee for these cases if ordered by Justice of the Peace Court.

District or County Courts at Law: For a four hour mediation, $50 per party. For an eight hour session, $100 per party. For mediations extending beyond the originally scheduled time, $50 per party.

Family, Divorce and Child Custody

Central Texas DRC limit for these cases is income no more than $60,000 joint income if the parties are living together or $40,000 individual income if the parties are living separately.

For a four hour mediation, $50 per party. For an eight hour session, $100 per party. For mediations extending beyond the originally scheduled time, $50 per party.

Want to mediate?

To join the roster of mediators at Central Texas DRC there are a few requirements. First, all mediators must be credentialed through the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association or a practicing licensed Attorney in the State of Texas.

Once approved, the candidate will then interview with our Executive Director. Once mediator is added to the roster, they must first observe a minimum of 2 mediations before co-mediating the less complex cases. Mediators are encouraged to progress into more complex case areas.

The Central Texas DRC operates with a paid staff and a group of dedicated volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers who have unique skills that are very critical to the operation and success of our mission. If you have any unique skills and would like to serve our community and service area, please call our office (512) 878-0382 or fill out the form on the Contact page.