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You have made your way to the perfect alternative to litigation. Jackson-Matthews Mediation & Arbitration in Houston, Texas is where you can find a resolution to your conflict through mediation or arbitration rather than going through the hassle of court proceedings.

Whether you want to set your terms for divorce or settle conflicts in business, we can help you. We resolve conflicts and conclude transactions to the maximum benefit and satisfaction of our clients. Give us a call or send us a message to learn more about how we can be of assistance to you.

​What Is Mediation?

According to the Texas Civil Remedies and Practice Code ann. sec. 154.023, mediation is a forum in which an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between the parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or understanding among them.

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Why Mediate?

  • Court Ordered
  • Need For Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Avoid the Uncertainty and Expense of Trial
  • Wants a Prompt Settlement
  • Parties Who Have an Ongoing Relationship
  • More Control Over Who Does What, When, and How 

What Are Some of the Results of Mediation?*

  • Parties hear new information.
  • Parties see more of the “big picture.”
  • Parties are placed on the same team.
  • Parties break from the past.
  • Parties work towards a more positive future.
  • Parties end up with custom-made terms of divorce.
  • Parties end up with custom-made judge’s order.

*Source: Judge Josepha Rendon

What Is Arbitration?*

As a form of alternative dispute resolution, arbitration is a way to resolve disputes without the need for courts. The arbitrators, the arbiters, or the arbitral tribunal, comprised of one or more individuals, decide and render the legally binding "arbitral award." This applies to both sides and enforceable in courts.

Arbitration is commonly used to sort out commercial disputes, particularly in the context of international commercial transactions. In certain countries such as the United States, arbitration is also frequently employed in consumer and employment matters, where arbitration may be mandated by the terms of employment or commercial contracts.

Arbitration can be either voluntary or mandatory and can be either binding or non-binding. Although, mandatory arbitration can only come from a statute or from a contract that is voluntarily entered into, wherein parties agree to hold all existing or future disputes to arbitration, without necessarily knowing, specifically, what disputes will ever occur.


What Are Some of the Advantages of Arbitration?*

  • Compared to litigation, where one cannot choose the judge, arbitration allows the parties to select their own tribunal. This is especially useful when the subject matter of the dispute is highly technical. Arbitrators with an appropriate degree of expertise (for example, quantity surveying expertise, in the case of a construction dispute, or expertise in commercial property law, in the case of a real estate dispute) can be chosen.
  • Arbitration is usually faster than litigation in court.
  • Arbitral proceedings and an arbitral award are generally not public and can be made confidential.
  • In arbitral proceedings, parties can choose the language of arbitration, whereas in court proceedings, the official language of the competent court’s country will automatically be applied.
  • Arbitral awards are typically easier to enforce in other nations than court verdicts because of the provisions of the New York Convention 1958.
  • In most legal systems, there are very limited avenues for appeal of an arbitral award. This can sometimes be an advantage because it limits the duration of the dispute and any associated liability.

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