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Judge Gil Jones, Credentialed Distinguished Mediator (TMCA1) & Retired District Judge

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After 16 wonderful years serving the people of the 33rd Judicial District of Texas, I retired from the active bench on December 31, 2012. In January a new career began, one of dispute resolution through mediation and arbitration. I now practice solely as a mediator, a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator (TMCA), and in other areas of dispute resolution.

When you are ready, the attorney taking the lead in booking a mediation session can go directly to the Schedule Now page for detailed guidance, or click on the Schedule Appointment button below. I accept both half-day and full day sessions. Clients should take a look at the For The Clients page for advance information and can pay be credit card using the button below.

If you already have a mediator, I am also available to consult with attorneys on mediation strategies and preparation. Lastly, I am also available for single arbiter arbitrations.

Contact me at  or by phone to 830-201-0050.

Mediations are conducted at 1307 2nd Street, Suite D, Marble Falls, TX.

Some general information:

  • Come dressed comfortably. We will be casual.
  • For full day mediations lunch will be provided.
  • Coffee, water and light snacks are available.
  • Wi-fi is available.

See! I can be casual. Casual photo of Judge Jones. Credentialed Distinguished Mediator (TMCA)

Scheduling, Fee Schedule, cancellation policy & Payment by credit card

My fee schedule changed in October 2016 and may be found here.  The cancellation policy may be found here.

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What is a Credentialed Distinguished Mediator (TMCA)

Although my prior law practice and judicial tenure qualified me legally to conduct mediations, I recognized that mediation requires a different skill set than that of a trial court judge. Therefore, I have completed both the basic and advanced family mediation certification courses and have gained the experience to be credentialed by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association as a Distinguished Mediator. I adhere to its Code of Ethics. You can see what others are saying about my services on the reviews page. That’s the short version and the long version can be viewed here.

Location and area served

Mediations are usually conducted at my mediation suite at 1307 Second Street, Suite D, Marble Falls. (directions and maps), but at other locations if needed. While I primarily mediate and arbitrate cases from Burnet County, Llano County, Blanco County and San Saba County, I am happy to also mediate in Travis County, Williamson County, Brown County, McCullough County, Gillespie County, Kendall County, and beyond.

It is my hope that this site will aid the process of dispute resolution in Texas through interesting articles, comments from astute readers and links to some of the excellent blogs by other mediators.

Without a doubt, Mediation Makes the Difference™ as do all forms of dispute resolution.

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  1. Texas Mediator Credentialing Association

Recent Posts

Predicting Divorce

(I first saw a note about this article on Don Philbin’s ADRTOOLBOX site. 1 )

Like the break-ups themselves, divorce rates are a complicated subject to study.

Questions abound: Should we really want divorce rates to go down? Is it true that about half of American marriages end in splitsville? And why are so many baby boomers ending things all of a sudden?
— Drake Baer, Thrive Global. (2017, November 6). 5 factors that may predict divorce, according to psychology. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/health/predict-divorce-partner/index.html

As a mediator helping people to resolve their differences in the process of obtaining a divorce (and a judge formerly presiding over that finality), I was struck by the quandary of “should we really want divorce rates to go down.” Unfortunately (and I think, oddly) the article does not address that question!

On the other hand, it does lay out the promised 5 factors. None are much of a surprise to family law practitioners but it is helpful to keep them in mind. They are instructive and of use perhaps most useful to any reader with children to educate on the dangers that may lurk ahead in their relationships.

Returning to the original question: I think “yes,” we should want the divorce rates to go down as marriage is still an essential institution in American society. Knowing these 5 dangers in advance is useful but I believe that we need more attention can be given to how to repair a marriage that is getting in trouble. I thought it not a good idea when judges lost the power to order a couple to counseling. Perhaps that should be revisited.

In the meanwhile, pre-divorce mediation can be a good tool to smooth the departure, if not avoid it. Mediators should not try to be marriage counselors but getting the discussion going is useful if productive conversation can be obtained.

Footnotes:

  1.  5 Factors That May Predict Divorce – ADR Toolbox. (2017, November 19). Retrieved from http://www.adrtoolbox.com/2017/11/5-factors-may-predict-divorce/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+adrtoolbox+%28ADR+Toolbox%29
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