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OUR VISION

to be the leading resource for alternative
dispute resolution services for our community.

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Our Mission

to serve our community by providing, promoting,
and teaching dispute and conflict resolution.

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Settlement Week 2015

weeks of September 21, 2015 – October 2, 2015
have been designated for Settlement Week

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Fraud Alert

It has come to our attention that an individual or group of individuals claiming to be associated with “Dispute Resolution Services” is contacting individuals for the purpose of seeking to collect a debt. This person or group is NOT associated with Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. If you are contacted by someone who claims to be associated with “Dispute Resolution Services” who is seeking to collect a debt, you should consider contacting the consumer protector section of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas via the consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 621-0508. If you are not in Texas, please consider contacting the consumer protection section of the attorney general’s office of your state.

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Dispute Resolution Services

Resolving Conflicts Out of Court

We serve Tarrant County and surrounding communities by providing high quality mediation services and training. Whether you have a court order for mediation or you wish to participate in mediation on a voluntary basis, we are here to help.

Did you know that we offer mediation services for community disputes? Mediation is an effective alternative to litigation. DRS of North Texas can provide you with the resources you need to resolve the dispute without going to court.

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Mediation Training

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 view the “Training” section of our website for complete details.

 

  

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.

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Court Referrals

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.

Examples of Case Types

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 solution to your disagreement.

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

Mediation is Time and Cost Effective

Mediation can save you time and money by solving your dispute out of court.

Any type of litigation can cost you a great deal of time and money. The mediation process often helps to reduce these costs. 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).

You may be able to avoid much of the cost and time by spending a few hours in mediation!

  • Reduce time away from work.
  • Reduce the stress of litigation.
  • More control over your case.
  • Finalize your case quickly.
  • Decisions are made by you.
  • Avoid lengthy proceedings.
  • An agreement that works for you.
  • Your side of the case is heard.
  • Settle out of court.
  • Move on with your life!

Mediation Process

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 by two mediators, unless you request a Level II mediation.

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.

  • Submit a Request for Services.
  • Pay Administrative Fees.
  • A Case Specialist will contact you.
  • The mediation will be scheduled.
  • Half-day sessions: AM or PM.
  • Bring all relevant information.
  • Joint and private sessions.
  • Written agreement is binding.
  • Submit the agreement to the Court.
  • All information is confidential.

Forms

Access all forms needed 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.

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.”