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Détente's divorce mediation team builds equitable agreements, protects family, and keeps costs affordable.  Détente mediation offers a fresh, innovative approach that is healthy and family-friendly.


Our unique divorce mediator team is a sensible alternative to the adversarial two lawyer divorce system for those couples and parents who want to stay in control of their family's future and make their own decisions in divorce, separation, or reconciliation.  Couples are not required to have divorce lawyers and the vast majority do not bring lawyers to their mediation at all (even if they have them). Over ninety-five percent of clients successfully reach agreement on all their issues!


One neutral family attorney-mediator and a counseling professional skillfully guide a couple over legal, financial, and emotional hurdles to reach well-informed private agreements that work for everyone.  No matter the conflict, Détente’s clients make best choices, achieve best outcomes, and preserve best future relationships!  Secure, online mediation is also now available!


Honored by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Stacey H. Langenbahn, J.D. is the President and Founder of Detente Collaborative Mediation Services for Family Law, LLC.  Stacey is also a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and has been a leader on the Board of Directors of that organization since 2013.  She has practiced law and mediated in Texas for the past twenty-five years. 



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 100%
    26 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher M. Craig

    For her dedication to the hard work of making divorce a normalized transaction that does not need to be rancorous or unnecessarily difficult for the kids, I endorse this lawyer without reservation. She brings intelligence and careful artistry to her work. She remains thoughtful and appropriately self-critical. She learns from her experience; she brings hand-tailored attention to her cases. This lawyer gives a good name to lawyering. I am proud to call Stacey a close colleague.


    Christopher Craig Business Attorney
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Contact info

Detente Collaborative Mediation Services for Family Law, LLC

7137 Colleyville Blvd.
Suite 101
Colleyville, TX, 76034


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2012
Top Attorney Dispute ResolutionFort Worth Magazine2009
Semi-finalist Moot Court CompetitionAmerican University1989
Semi-finalistNational Product Liability Moot Court Competition1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner Attorney-MediatorDetente Mediation Services, LLC2008 - Present
Owner Attorney at LawLaw Office of Stacey H. Langenbahn2005 - Present
AssociateACE USA/ESIS/Locker & Lee, PC1997 - 2005
AssociateCantey & Hanger LLP1997 - 1997
AssociateFletcher & Springer1996 - 1997
AssociateCIGNA/INA/Walter Locker & Associates1990 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsVice President2016 - Present
Texas Mediator Credentialing AssociationCredentialed Distinguished Mediator2015 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsMember2014 - Present
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsBoard Member2013 - Present
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsAdvanced Practitioner2012 - Present
North Texas Mental Health ProfessionalsAttorney Member2011 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Family MediationCertification2010 - Present
Academy of Attorney MediatorsCertification2000 - Present
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsChairman of Membership2015 - 2016
Academy of Professional Family MediatorsChairman of Marketing2014 - 2014
Mosten MediationsAssistant Trainer2013 - 2013
Tarrant County Family Bar AssociationMember2011 - 2013
Northeast Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2009 - 2010
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember2009 - 2011
Dallas Bar AssociationAdvisory Council Collaborative Law Section2007 - 2008
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsCivil Desk Editor "Collaborative Review"2005 - 2006
Dallas Bar AssociationSecretary - Collaborative Law Section2005 - 2006
Global Collaborative Law CouncilFounding Director/Director of Public Education2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
B.M. v. A.D.Settled - mutually accepted agreements.
J.F. v. S. S.F. - Settled high net worth divorceResolved amicably. Lawyers used only to write court paperwork.
A.P. v. M. P.Settled - plan for reconciliation and for divorce if not successful
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nothing but the T.R.U.C.E. BlogTexas Open for Gay Marriage and Gay Divorce2015
Nothing but the T.R.U.C.E. BlogMediated Settlement Agreement v. Agreement Incident to Divorce2014
Nothing but the T.R.U.C.E. BlogTexas Alimony: What You Need to Know2013
T.R.U.C.E. BlogMy Child's Teacher John McDaniel Sexting a Student?2012
Talk It Up BlogIs "Collaborative Mediation" the Solution?2011
Dallas Bar Association HeadnotesHandling Urgent Calls for Wills and Other Planning Documents2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1989
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Rollins CollegeSpanishSummer Program Abroad1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Voice of AmericaCollaborative Law and Mediation2016
APFM Annual ConferenceMarketing Mediation2015
APFM/ADFP ConferenceMediation with Financial Professionals2014
APFM Annual ConferenceCollaborative Team Mediation2013
Real Talk with Real Experts RadioDetente Collaborative Mediation2012
Image Relationship Institute International ConferenceImago Communications in Divorce2012
Fort Worth EAPA Monthly ConferenceDivorce: Protecting Your Employees2012
Dallas EAPA Monthly ConferenceDetente Mediation: Better Divorce2012
Monthly MeetingCollaborative Divorce Mediation2011
Collaborative Law Section MeetingLittle c: Cooperative Negotiation2008
Annual DBA/TCLC Collaborative Law TrainingCollaborative Law Training2008
Collaborative Law Section MeetingCollaborative Law in Medical Error2007
IACP Forum Toronto CanadaDialogue for Medical Error2006
Canadian Collaborative LawCorporations and Collaboration2005