Looking for a way out of a dead-end relationship?


Freedom Awaits.


Consider Collaborative Divorce – the most user-friendly method of dispute resolution in Texas.


I handle only Collaborative Divorce and family law Mediations.  With over forty years of family law experience in Harris County, let me assist you in finding your next best self. 


I stopped handling the adversarial system of divorce litigation three years ago.  It is not only destructive on the parties, but unnecessarily expensive as well. 


Start the process today.  Email me or call my legal assistant, Sharon Dyer, to schedule an initial appointment to see if collaborative divorce will work for you. 

One Riverway, Suite 1820

Houston, Texas   77056

Tel: (713) 871-9587

Certified Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney Serving Houston Attorneys and Families


1 Riverway, Suite 1820, Houston, Tx  77056  USA


*All information displayed on the Law Office of Steve Bavousett website is informational and shall not be deemed as legal advice. If you’re currently dealing with an individual legal situation, you’re invited to contact me through email or by phone. Until an attorney-client relationship has been established, I urge that you avoid sharing any confidential information.


As a certified Mediator, I act as a neutral third party for attorneys and their clients in a divorce or other family law case.  I pride myself on having developed a mediation format that is both fair and designed for success.  I help facilitate discussion and agreement by providing an environment in which both parties can comfortably consult their respective legal advisors.   My specialty is assisting attorneys and clients in complex property cases.  Mediations can be held in person in my office or via Zoom conferencing.



  I have handled numerous collaborative divorces over the years and have personally witnessed the difference the collaborative process makes in arriving at a resolution in dissolution of a marriage.  The parties are able to control the outcome themselves, leading to a more satisfying resolution.  You proceed at your own pace, not the pace dictated by any of our ten family law courts.  Cumbersome and expensive formal discovery is either controlled or eliminated altogether.  Both parties have a say in the outcome of the process as well as control of the process.  I can say without hesitation that all of my clients who have chosen the collaborative process are satisfied with their choice and express gratitude for having chosen this option. 

   It would be an honor to assist you in your journey through the dissolution process should you elect to collaborate.

 Click Here to contact our office for more information.



Family Law Mediation Services:


Full Day Mediations:  Full Day Mediations are $1,800.00 per party, and are for 8 hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..   Lunch is included. 

Half Day Mediations:  Half Day Mediations are $900.00 per party, and are for 4 hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. 

Mini-Mediations:  Mini-Mediations are $450.00 per party, and are for 2-1/2 hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..  

​Mediations may be held in person at my office, or via Zoom teleconference.  

Parking is included. 

Any overtime thereafter will be charged at the rate

of $250/hr. per party and is due when services start. 


There is a cancellation fee for mediations

canceled within 48 hours of the mediation.

If you have a mediation scheduled, and want to make your payment online


     I have a proven record of success helping people find mutually satisfying resolutions outside of court in divorce and a range of family law issues. 

      I maintain a higher-than-average settlement rate.  With a working knowledge of Texas' caucus method of mediation, I help both parties in family law cases reach timely settlement agreements, avoiding the protracted, expensive and often traumatic process of litigation.

    Judges, lawyers and other legal professionals know and respect me for my effective mediation service and its involvement in the Texas legal community for over forty years.  Throughout my career as an attorney, I have presented at numerous local and state bar conferences.  I have served as an amicus attorney in most Harris County family law courts and have strong working relationships with courts throughout the State.

To learn more about how I can help you serve the legal needs of your clients, call my Houston office (713) 871-9587 or contact me online

Professional Experience

Sole Practitioner since 1977


  • West Texas State University; B.B.A, 1972

  • Texas Tech Univ. School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1975



  • Associate Attorney with the law firm of Mandell & Wright, 1975 - 1977;

  • Law Office of Steve A. Bavousett, 1977 to current; practice limited to family law;

  • Board certified in family law by the Texas Legal Board of Specialization in 1984 (re-certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014); mediation and collaborative law practice with emphasis on complex property issues since 1984 



  • State Bar of Texas, Member

  • State Bar of Texas - Family Law Section, Member

  • State Bar Family Law Council (2000-2006)

  • Prior member, State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee

  • Ad Litem Ad Hoc Sub-Committee (2004)

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

  • Completion Arbitration Training Institute (2008)

  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists;

  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists - Board of Directors (2005-current)

                Officer, (2004-2007); President (1997-1998);

  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court 

                President (2005); Board Member (2004-2006)

  • Houston Bar Association

  • Houston Bar Association - Family Law Section;

​                Former Board Member, Officer and Chair (2001-2002)

  • Houston Bar Association - Collaborative Law Section;

                Founding Board Member and Former Officer

  •  Collaborative Law Institute of Texas; 

  • Collaborative Family Lawyers of Houston;

  • Member, International Association of Collaborative Professionals;

  • Lone Star Legal Aid - Board of Directors (2006-2009)

  • Attorney-Mediators Institute 
             Forty Hours Basic Family Law Training (1994)
             Advanced Mediator Training (1995)

  • Chaired an Advanced Course in Negotiations

  • Attended Harvard Law School Project on Negotiation - Basic Training (2008)

  • Attended Harvard  Law School Project on Negotiation - Advanced Training (2008)

  • Lawyers in Public Schools - Volunteer

  • Mediator With Family Court Services - Volunteer



  • State of Texas, 1975;

  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas, 1976;

  • Member, Houston Bar Association;

  • Member, Houston Bar Association - Family Law Section;

  • Member, State Bar of Texas;


  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; “Aids and The Law:  The Impact of HIV on Custody”; November, 1993

  • 8th Annual Family Law Conference for the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant; “Alphabet Soup from D.C.; QDRO’s,  QMSCO’s, UCCJA, PKPA, COBRA and UIFSA”; February 26-27, 1998;

  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, “Focus on Substance Abuse Issues in Mediation; The Attorney’s Perspective”; May 15, 1998

  • HVLP, Family Law Seminar; “Mediation in Family Law”; May 29, 1998

  •  South Texas College of Law Affiliated with Texas A & M University, Family Law Mediation Training Seminar; “Preparing Your Client for Mediation: Practical and Ethical Considerations”; October, 1998

  • S Tx College of Law, Family Law Conf. For the General Practitioner and Legal Assistant; “Why and How You Should Use a Legal Assistant”; February, 1999

  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, “Entry of a Mediated Settlement Agreement: How To Protect What You Got”; July, 1999

  • S. Tx. College of Law Affiliated with Texas A & M University, Family Law Mediation Training Seminar; Demonstration:  Risk Analysis; Oct 7-9, 1999;

  • Co-Chairperson, South Texas College of Law Mediation Seminar; 2000

  • S. Tx College of Law Family Law Conf. For the General Practitioner and Legal Asst. Demonstration - Temp Orders Hearing with Custody Issues; February, 2000

  • South Texas College of Law Family Law Institute - Mock Trial; Petition for Enforcement of Child Support Issues and Visitation; March 31, 2000;

  • S. Tx College of Law Family Law Institute-Making and Meeting Objections in Family Law; Common Evidence Problems &  Proposed Solutions; March 31, 2000;

  • H.V.L.A. Family Law Seminar; “Questionable and Multiple Marriages, and the Rights of Third Parties to Possession of a Child”; June 9, 2000

  • South Texas College of Law ; “What to do when you’re stuck with/as an Ad Litem”; February 1, 2001;

  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inns of Court; “Ask But Don’t Tell - How Confidential are Your Mental Health Records”; March 15, 2001;

  • Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2001 Annual Family Law Seminar; “Alternative Dispute Resolution”.  October 19, 2001;

  • South Texas College of Law; “From Crisis to Collaboration”; November  9-10, 2001

  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section, 5th Annual Family Law Institute; How To Get the Most Out of Your Mediator: Assistance and Results“; March 22, 2002

  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inns of Court; “Clueless to Competent: Database Management for the Technically Challenged”; May 16, 2002;

  • 28th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar; State Bar of Texas; “A Child’s Voice”; August, 2002;

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; “Family Law Essentials for $2000 or Free”; November 21, 2002

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2002; “Ad Litem Pleadings and Orders - Authorizing, Limiting, and Expanding; December 13, 2002;

  • South Texas College of Law; Family Law Conference for General Practitioners and Legal Assistants; “Working with Ad Litems”; February 7, 2003; 

  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; “The New Creature in Family Law Courts - The Amicus Attorney; October 1, 2003; 

  • Fort Bend County Bar Association; “Amicus and Attorney/Guardian Ad Litem Seminar”; May 21, 2004; 

  • University of Texas School of Law; 4th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference; “Who’s Your Boss Now?  Amicus Attorneys and Ad Litems Under the New Chapter 107"; June 18, 2004

  • 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar; State Bar of Texas; “Ad Litems Workshop”; August, 2004;

  • 2005 Family Law Seminar; Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program; “Local Rules and Discovery”; May 20, 2005

  • 2006 Family Law Seminar; Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program; “Discovery on a Shoestring”; May 19, 2006;

  • South Texas College of Law; 23RD Annual Family Law Conference; “Effective Use of Spreadsheets During Mediation” March 6, 2009;

  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; Amicus/Ad Litem 2009; Getting Paid - Setting Fees and Collecting”; Sept. 18, 2009;

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section; Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2010; “Mediation and ADR”; December 9, 2010;

  •  State Bar of Texas, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course; “Mediated Settlement Agreements: Reading the Fine Print”; August 7th, 2013;

  • Burta Rhoads Raborn Inn of Court; “Did that Really Just Happen to Me?”; April 17, 2014; 

  •  Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section; “It’s not always rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise that moves us along. The benefits of Mediation and Arbitration.”  January 9, 2019;



1 Riverway Drive, Suite 1820, Houston, TX 77056, USA

Tel: (713) 871-9587

Fax: (713) 871-9589

©2019 by Bavousett Law Office.