If you are involved in a dispute you just can't resolve, there is one step you can try before going to court. It's called the Dispute Resolution Center, and it is now being managed by Lubbock County.
District Judge Brad Underwood says mediation is not uncommon, in fact, most divorce cases try mediation first, before going to court. "The facility provides mediators. They facilitate distribution of cases without the intervention of the court. If they resolve that without actual trial, then its much less costly and more timely."
The dispute resolution center was previously housed under the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG). However, its new location has not yet been determined.