Mediation Participation

Statewide, I offer video conference (online) mediation of family law matter cases. Over two-thirds of my mediations involve at least one participation via video. In Houston, I also offer in-person (onsite) mediation. Below are the instructions for participating in either. If at least one of the participants will be onsite at the below location, then book the mediation as on "Half-Day Onsite Mediation". The instructions for all parties and attorneys are below.

Online Participation: PETITIONER/PLAINTIFF or DRIVE-BY MSAs with ALL PARTIES

  1. Confirm opposing party's participation and direct them to this website.
  2. Complete all Payment and Preparation tasks.
  3. All participants must present legal identification prior to video conference participation and mute their devices except when speaking.
  4. If participating by video, use either a PC with the Google Chrome Browser or mobile device (iOS or Android) with the Google Meet mobile app. Then click on the Google Meet video weblink in your calendar invite.
  5. If you need live English closed captioning during the mediation, this feature is only available on a PC, wth the Google Chrome Brower, not with the mobile app version.
  6. Experiment with Google Meet's audio mute, video mute and group chat feature, whether on a PC or mobile device. Also see Google Meet Getting Started.
  7. If participating by audio-only phone call, use the Google Meet dial-in phone number and PIN provided in your calendar invite. This option is available only to attorneys, not parties.
  8. All signees must bring their own smart phone, mobile device or PC for the signing of the documents (powered by Docusign).

Online Participation: RESPONDENT/DEFENDANT

  1. Confirm opposing party's participation and direct them to this website.
  2. Complete all Payment and Preparation tasks.
  3. All participants must present legal identification prior to video conference participation and mute their devices except when speaking.
  4. If participating by video with a PC using the Google Chrome Browser, test your connection and then join the mediation by clicking this online video conference mediation web link.
  5. If participting by video with a SMART PHONE / MOBILE DEVICE, download the FreeConference.com Mobile App, use the Test feature, then enter the meeting code: 4032644.
  6. Experiment with the FreeConference.com audio mute, video mute and group chat feature built into the Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS and web browser versions.
  7. If participating by audio-only phone call, dial 1-605-562-0400, then enter PIN 4032644. This option is available only to attorneys, not parties.
  8. All signees must bring their own smart phone, mobile device or PC for the signing of the documents (powered by Docusign).

Online Participation: AD LITEM/AMICUS/GUARDIAN

  1. Complete all Payment and Preparation tasks.
  2. Confirm everyone's participation.
  3. All participants must present legal identification prior to video conference participation and mute their devices except when speaking.
  4. When participating with sessions involving Petitioner, use your PC or TABLET (but not your SMART PHONE) to follow the same above instructions for the Petitioner.
  5. When participating with sessions involving Respondent, use your SMART PHONE (but not your PC or TABLET) to follow the same above instructions for the Respondent.

Houston Onsite Mediation: ALL PARTICIPANTS

  1. Complete all Payment and Preparation tasks.
  2. Confirm everyone's planned attendance, review of the Preparation and this page's Participation information.
  3. All participants must present legal identification prior to participation. Only parties can participate in mediation, unless approved in advance by the mediator and opposing party.
  4. Review your calendar invite with the location information: 5151 Katy Freeway, Suite 140, Houston, Texas 77007. This loction has free valet parking, clean restrooms, non-smoking facility. Refreshments are vailable for purchase in lobby. Mediation is with separate attorney/client and group caucus rooms. Please do not smoke prior to mediation, due to Tom King's tobacco smoke allergy.
  5. ALL signees must bring your smartphone, mobile device for the e-signing of the Mediated Settlement Agreement (MSA). Just follow the yellow boxes including the last box which says "Finish". These will be actual, original, digital signatures.