Dispute Resolution Services
Resolving Conflicts Out of Court
We have the experience and knowledge to effectively mediate any type of dispute. Whether you have a court order for mediation or you wish to participate in mediation on a voluntary basis, we are here to help.
We serve Tarrant County and surrounding communities by providing, promoting, and teaching dispute and conflict resolution. If you have a dispute that you would like to resolve informally outside of court, consider using a mediator to facilitate a mutually beneficial solution.
Learn the keys to success
We offer mediation training! Join us for Basic Mediation Training (40 hours) and Family Training (30 hours); both courses meet the requirements of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 154.052, and the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable standards.
We also offer advanced mediator training in a variety of subjects. Please contact our office or click here to view complete details.
Clients: Comment & Testimonial
“They gave me a peace of mind by providing the convenience not to go to court and feeling as if all problems were 100% resolved. Thank you for your absolute best quality services!”
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our agency.
DRS North Texas, a nonprofit organization, relies on our outstanding group of volunteers to provide mediation services to our community. Are you interested in helping your community members resolve their disputes? Once you complete the required mediation training, we hope that you will join us in making a difference to those we serve.
Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. is a neutral provider of alternative dispute resolution services, such as mediation. DRS North Texas is a community mediation center and does not engage in consumer debt collection activity.
DRS North Texas is the designated Dispute Resolution Center for Tarrant County.
We contract with Tarrant County to provide mediation services to the local community.
What to expect:
Mediation is not a legal or judicial hearing; rather, it is an informal meeting in which the mediators will help facilitate the exchange of information between you and the party with whom you have a dispute. Most of our session are conducted in half a day by two mediators, unless you request a Level II mediation.
During the session, each party will have a chance to be heard in a neutral setting. The mediators will encourage a respectful dialogue between the parties with the goal of determining a suitable agreement to resolve the dispute.
- Bring all relevant information.
- Joint and private sessions held.
- Written agreement is binding.
- Submit the agreement to the Court.
- All information is confidential.
Mediation is Time and Cost Effective
You may be able to avoid much of the cost and time associated with litigation by spending a few hours in mediation!
- Reduce time away from work.
- Reduce the stress of litigation.
- Have more control over your case.
- Finalize your case quickly.
- Be part of the decision making.
- Avoid lengthy proceedings.
- Find an agreement that works for you.
- Have your side of the case fully heard.
- Settle out of court.
- Move on with your life!
Any type of litigation can cost you a great deal of time and money. Litigation normally involves various court hearings, which will cost you time away from work and family; if your case goes to trial it will be even more expensive (and stressful). By comparison, mediation is often less time consuming and usually more affordable. Most sessions are completed in a single day and at DRS North Texas administrative fees are priced at a fraction of the cost of court filing fees.
No matter what type of case you have, we’re here to help.
Almost any dispute can be mediated. Our volunteer mediators serve as impartial facilitators to assist you and the other party in working out a mutually beneficial solution to the disagreement.
Examples of Case Types
The list below provides just a few examples of the various case types we handle. If you’re not sure whether your case is suitable for mediation, please feel free to contact us.
- Justice of the Peace Cases
- County Courts at Law Cases
- District Court Cases – Civil
- District Court Cases – Family
- Probate Court Cases
- Post-Decree Modifications
- Police Referrals
- Neighborhood Disputes
- Landlord-Tenant Disputes
- Workplace Issues
Access all forms needed for requesting a mediation here:
To initiate a case, please complete the Request for Service form and submit it to our office with your payment. We also ask that all parties complete a Case Summary Form and Acknowledgement Form prior to mediation.
- Request for Services – Civil
- Request for Services – Family
- Request for Services – Community
- Case Summary Form
- Acknowledgement Form
- Mediation Policies
- Fee Schedule and Policies
- Police Referral Form (Police Department use only)
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer or participating in training, please complete the Volunteer/Training application.
Clients: Comments & Testimonials
“The mediators were great and did their job very well. The staff was welcoming and pleasant.”
“Very professional and kind at the same time. Everything was explained thoroughly. All parties were addressed equally with respect.”
“This was a very challenging case with complicated facts, multiple parties […] Somehow, despite all the challenges the mediators found a way to get this case settled! They went over and above what they needed to do, both in time and in effort, and got the job done. We are very pleased and greatly appreciative!”