Harris County Family Law

Attorney & Mediator Tom King

713-449-2000 • tom@tomking.com

Family Law Mediation Instructions

Payment

Weekday mediation is $250 per half day per party; evening/weekend mediation rates double. Sessions at your location are $50 extra per party. Sessions beyond 4.00 hours are an additional half day, due immediately. Clients must pay via Zelle Quickpay to tom@tomking.com using their bank's or Zelle's mobile app. All payments are due at the time of scheduling and no refunds within 7 days of mediation.

Mediation Helpsheet

Print double-sided on extra thick white paper, laminate with 9" x 11.5" lamination pouches, review with your client and then bring to mediation the below Mediation Helpsheet (.pdf) which is part of the free Texas Family Law Resources Binder.

Texas-Family-Law-Mediation-Helpsheet.pdf

District Clerk

Confirm that both parties are registered online with your county's District Clerk to receive automatic updates on your case. If only one party is Pro Se, the other party's attorney shall register both parties. In Harris County, visit HCDistrictClerk.com.

Required Preparation

Parties must send Tom King a single email seven (7) days prior to mediation with PDF attachments of the below items with only TYPED responses (using such free tools as PDF Escape Online Editor or Adobe Reader). Your First Settlement Offer will be the initial item shared in mediation.


  1. Your most recent filed petitions, answers and cross/counter pleadings
  2. Your Zelle payment confirmation
  3. Your "First Settlement Offer" that is (a) fair and equitable regarding property; and (b) in the best interests of any children
  4. Your completed District Clerk's "Financial Information Form" (click)
  5. Your completed DRO's "Child Support Information Sheet" - only completed by Petitioner if minor child involved (click)
  6. Your completed "Texas Family Law Mediator Questionnaire" with full signature block information (click)

Locations

Arrive 15 minutes early and check your calendar event notes for location instructions:

Video-Conferenced Mediation

Video-conferenced mediation with Google Hangouts or Microsoft Skype requires all parties to have a video-camera enabled desktop/laptop computer (with the Chrome browser) or mobile device (with the Google Hangouts or Microsoft Skype mobile app) for the following scenarios:


  • When domestic violence/intimidation is involved or the MSA is agreed/uncontested
  • When there is bad weather, documented personal issues or the desire to save a half day of travel
  • When at least one party is located too far away from the mediation location

Scheduling

Email Tom King your desired 8:00 am or 12:30 pm time slot that appears open on the below calendar. Your email should confirm your agreement to comply with all instructions on this page, include the cause number and copy the opposing attorney or Pro Se party. Evening/weekend session rates double per 4.00 hours.

Calendars

Accept all calendar invite and advise Tom immediately if you are requesting that other people participate. Be sure to review the calendar invite's notes, attachments, location information and/or video conference instructions.

Confirmation

RSVP via email or text at 713-449-2000 the day before and again 2 hours prior to your session. Copy the opposing attorney or Pro Se party, confirming you'll bring printed copies of the all the items emailed to Tom, plus the Mediation Helpsheet.

The Session

Check your calendar event to confirm the location and the latest notes. Bring your folder with all printed required items and the laminated copy of the Mediation Helpsheet already reviewed by all the attorneys and parties. Good luck!