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CFR Mediation offers divorce, family, business, civil, and workplace mediation services throughout the US. Our mediators are local, expert, and experienced professionals who are committed to resolving conflicts efficiently and effectively.
As businesses of all sizes strive to cut costs, many overlook the greatest preventable cost of all: workplace conflict. Businesses can positively impact general productivity and revenues, by addressing workplace conflict judiciously.
Last year Chicago based Unitarian Universalist seminary in Hyde Park (Meadville Lombard Theological School), and a Boston-area American Baptist and United Church of Christ seminary (Andover Newton Theological School) announced a partnership. The plan was to develop a multi-faith seminary consolidating the academic offerings of the two seminaries.
Stressed and conflict-involved employees cost employers millions of dollars a year, and perhaps one of the biggest workplace costs is not absenteeism, but the loss of productivity as a result of distracted employees: Employees who are stressed and distracted by unresolved personal problems, employees who are experiencing conflicts (more…)
CFR Mediation offers a full range of mediation services including civil, workplace, and divorce mediation services in Texas, including Houston, the greater Dallas area, Richardson, McKinney, Plano, Fort Worth, Frisco, San Antonio, and Waco.
Our Texas mediators include some of the most experienced neutrals available, they include:
- With over 30 years experience as a litigator, this attorney has been mediating for over 25 years. One of the first family law attorneys to expand his legal to include mediation. His current practice includes the mediation and arbitration of complex marital cases and business disputes, as well as the practice of law as a collaborative law practitioner in the field of family law.
- A professional mediator who has been practicing mediation for 25 years. She first started as an alternative dispute resolution professional with the U. S. Department of Justice as a Civil Rights mediator in 1985, and currently works as a mediator and trainer of mediators around the country. She has successfully mediated over 1200 cases and has achieved the status of “Credentialed Distinguished Mediator” through the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.
- An attorney and educator with 20 years experience, she maintains a practice focusing on mediation of all disputes, including all types of family law disputes. She has achieved the status of “Credentialed Distinguished Mediator” through the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.
- A professional mediator with a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution. In addition to her work intervening in conflict, she also provides conflict management trainings for Fortune 500 companies, churches and schools. She is available to mediate a variety of conflicts including divorce, family, and business conflicts.
- An attorney with over 40 years experience as a lawyer, who has personally mediated over 1000. In addition to his practice, He is an adjunct college professor, a volunteer mediator, and member of the board of directors at Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center.
- A professional mediator with a Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, who works as an arbitrator, facilitator, negotiator, and ombudsman with over 2,000 hours of training, teaching, and practice. Although mediating a variety of cases, a particular interest of is elder care and special needs mediation. She is well versed in community resources and opportunities to help families have quality conversations and make informed decisions. In addition, she is also certified as a Nationally Registered Guardian and Texas Registered Guardian.
For those in Texas, experienced mediators are available to resolve all kinds of disputes, including divorce, parenting & child custody issues, family conflicts, wills and probate, business or civil disputes, workplace conflicts, and property disputes.
If you would like to learn more about our mediation services in Houston, the greater Dallas area, Richardson, McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Waco, San Antonio, and Fort Worth, Texas or our other locations, please contact us for a no obligation confidential consultation.
One of mediation’s most praised qualities is the fact that it is an incredibly cost-effective option in contrast with traditional litigation. Although cost may not be a pressing concern for high net-worth individuals, mediation offers many attractive features that make it the ideal route for high net-worth divorces.
Likely the most salient concern high net-worth couples may hold is their privacy. When litigating, your marriage goes public. As there are a large amount of assets at stake, you and your spouse’s history is all evidence and will become public record. In extreme cases, this can become an embarrassing public circus. Conversely, the mediation model avoids the spectacle of a divorce trial, allowing all parties to work out the details behind the scenes and obtain a civilized divorce.
Additionally, divorce can be bad for business. Oftentimes, high net-worth individuals reached that position through business ownership. If the business is publicly traded, it may cause apprehension among investors if they see a pending divorce that includes business assets as part of the anticipated decree on the prospectus. Choosing to mediate offers the parties options to manage this sort of outcome. Sitting down with a neutral mediator can facilitate a dialogue between the parties and can help craft an agreement that is in the best interest of both spouses and causes the least long-term damage and embarrassment.
While these concerns may especially affect high-net worth individuals, there is no reason why every single person considering divorce cannot benefit by the features that divorce mediation has to offer. We all hold our privacy near-and-dear to our hearts and utilizing private mediation can keep our private affairs just that. In the big picture, mediation is the natural way to resolve disputes. Through the assistance of the neutral mediator, working together with the other side, and having substantial input on the ultimate solution the parties come to give individuals a feeling of satisfaction with the outcome of the mediation. Unlike in litigation where parties are ultimately “told” what to do, in mediation, they “decide” what to do – the control is all yours. People with high net-worth, to people with few-to-no assets can all benefit from mediating, rather than litigating, their divorce.
Barbara Manousso, PhD (ABD), MPH is a certified mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, negotiator, and ombudsman with over 2,000 hours of training, teaching, and practice since 1993.
Possessing her masters in public health, and a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution. In addition, she recently served as the president of the Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR) Houston Chapter, and has trained hundreds of mediators to mediate, arbitrate, and facilitate dispute resolution.
Based in Houston, but working nationally, Ms. Manousso is actively involved with mediating and arbitrating for both civil and federal clients.
A CFR Certified Mediator, she belongs to a variety of professional organizations, such as the Texas Association of Mediators, the New England Chapter of the Association of Conflict Resolution, and other national rosters. Ms. Manousso is a former president of the Houston Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). She serves on the editorial board of the ACResolution Magazine.
A particular interest of Ms. Manousso’s is elder care and special needs mediation, she is well versed in community resources and opportunities to help families have quality conversations and make informed decisions. In addition, Ms Manousso is also certified as a Nationally Registered Guardian and Texas Registered Guardian.
Memberships and Appointments
- Appointed to the Association of Conflict Resolution’s ACResolution Publication Editorial Advisory Board.
- Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Nursing Facility Administration Advisory Committee.
- Appointed by Congressman Barney Frank to the international anti-tobacco congressional committee.
- 2007 president of the Association of Conflict Resolution – Houston Chapter
- Special Commissioner for County Court #2.
- South Texas College of Law – Evans Center for ADR Board member.
- State Bar of Texas ADR Section
- Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA)
- ACR’s presidential Public and Intense Conflicts Committee for the 2009-10 program year
- Member of Texas Association of Mediators (TAM).
- Full Member in Association of Conflict Resolution (ACR).
- Advisory Committee on Healthcare for ACR
- Section Member of ACR’s Healthcare, Workplace, Consumer, Commercial, and Family.
- Co-chair of Workplace Training for the Association of Conflict Resolution.
- Board member Association of Conflict Resolution – Houston Chapter.
- New England Association for Conflict Resolution.
- League of Women Voters
- Texas Mediator Trainers Roundtable (TMTR)
- Women Professionals in Government Board Member
Barbara Manousso is one of many experienced mediators available through CFR Mediation.
Mary Rowe has been a mediator since 1992. In addition to being a mediator, she has over 22 years in the human resources field. She has worked as a Training Program Manager and Human Resources Director. Her experience gives her a keen understanding of organizational systems & cultures; and the impact they have on the communication in the workplace. In addition she has an extensive background in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) related laws.
Whether mediating, facilitating, training, or consulting, Mary tailors the process to the needs of the parties involved. She assists those in conflict define their interests and then facilitates the finding of a solution that meets the interests of both parties. Her focus in on creating opportunities for parties to gain skills and find new methods for resolving conflict and repairing relationships.
Utilizing a wide variety of mediation techniques, including pre-interview sessions, face to face mediation, transformational mediation techniques, shuttle diplomacy, private caucuses, and traditional interest based approaches, Mary not only facilitates a resolution, but also assists the parties in gaining skills to aid communication in the future.
Mary has received advanced training in mediation, facilitation, and adult education. In addition she holds an:
- MS in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Oregon
- BA in Economics from Reed College.
- CP-HR (Certified Professional in Human Resources) distinction from the International Public Management Association.
Mary is also on the selected roster of mediators for the:
- US Postal Service,
- Oregon Department of Education
- Oregon Vocation Rehabilitation
- Shared Neutrals Mediation consortium, where she also serves on the Personnel Committee of Shared Neutrals.
First admitted to bar in 1966, he has mediated over 1000 cases since 1997.
In addition to his practice, Mr. DeVries is an adjunct professor at Lone Star College as well as a volunteer mediator and member of the board of directors at Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center.
Mr. DeVries’ mediation practice encompasses the following areas:
- Professional Liability-Medical
- Real Estate
- Personal Injury
- Product Liability
- Workers Compensation
- Family Law