Most of the Harris County Family Law District Court judges require mediation before a trial can be scheduled.
Many of the Harris County Family Court judges also require that a mediation be held before a temporary orders hearing can be scheduled!
I often mediate the temporary and the final orders in divorces or child custody.
We do what I like to refer to as "band-aid" orders - temporary orders that are meant to last for less than a year.
Then if the couple cannot agree on what should be in the Final Decree of Divorce, the judge will order the couple to mediation again.
$250 per side for the first 4 hours
$62.50 per side for each hour thereafter
Cash - money order only
No checks or debit card or credit cards accepted
I schedule only one mediation per day since many mediations last 6-7 hours
The longest mediation has lasted almost 12 hours!