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FAMILY LAW MEDIATION & SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES

Family Law Mediation Services

The goal of mediation is to reach a mutually beneficial settlement. Mediation saves time and money. Mediation is a powerful tool that allows clients to maintain control over the process and outcome of their family law dispute. The entire process is cooperative, and nothing is decided without consensus from both parties. mediation is a safe and confidential atmosphere, in which nothing discussed can be used in court. mediation can take place at any stage in the litigation process (or prior to the litigation process) and any number of disputed issues can be addressed and resolved. It is common for parties to address a significant issue in a stand-alone session, such as temporary orders or a final parenting plan, and return later for a second session to address any remaining issues.

As a mediator, Paul is a neutral facilitator of negotiations, who engages in “shuttle diplomacy” by moving between rooms (virtual or in-person) to guide the parties toward a workable settlement using creative and sensible solutions.

Mediation does not require parties be represented by attorneys, although we highly recommend it. The attorney represents the individual interests of his or her client, provides legal advice throughout the process, and reviews the final documents.

Resolution of a divorce or family law dispute through mediation is:

  • Flexible – mediation can address one or more issues in dispute and can take place before and/or after a petition is filed with the court.
  • Private – mediation is conducted outside of court and off the record.
  • Self-Directed – You maintain control of the process (not the court) and create your own solutions.
  • Neutral – Your mediator is an experienced unbiased professional focused on facilitating a mutually agreeable resolution.
  • Healthy – mediation promotes better communication, stronger relationships, and improved parenting.
  • Economical – Reaching a settlement outside of court can lower legal costs.
  • Non-Adversarial – Both sides work to determine the best result for everyone.
  • Mandatory – Upon filing a petition with the court, parties are required to attempt alternative dispute resolution to resolve their case. mediation fulfills that requirement.

Eagle Law Offices, PS offers as mediation are as follows:

  1. Arranging a mediation: Our office can be contacted by phone, text or email to check available dates for mediation. We set mediations for half days or whole days.
  2. Cost: Please contact our office for the current hourly rate charged for mediation services. There is a minimum charge of three (3) hours for sessions held at our office and four (4) hours minimum charge for sessions held outside of our office. Each party is required to pay an advanced fee deposit prior to mediation and their share of the remaining balance is due at the end of the mediation session. Parties typically share the cost of the mediator’s time equally, which includes a modest amount of preparation time and the actual time spent working with the parties at the mediation. Mediators charge by the hour and expect payment in full at the end of the mediation session. Parties often agree as part of the settlement terms to reallocate the mediation costs.
  3. ZOOM: mediation can be in person or via ZOOM. If we utilize ZOOM, each party will be in a separate breakout room.
  4. In-Person mediation: If mediation occurs in person, each side will occupy a separate room in order that each side can speak openly with their attorneys (if any) and the mediator. The mediator will take turns going to each of the rooms to talk and with the parties.
  5. Joint mediation Sessions: Parties may choose to have a joint mediation session. In this environment, both parties, their attorneys (if the parties are represented), and the mediator occupy one room. The mediator then guides a collaborative and respectful discussion to help the parties reach an agreement. Joint sessions promote face-to-face cooperation and can help parties learn effective communication tools they can utilize moving forward.
  6. Convenience: Our offices are located in Seattle and Tukwila. In most instances, if it is more convenient, Mr. Eagle is willing to travel to your office.
  7. Finality: If we achieve a settlement, we will have CR 2A agreements so that the agreements are final and binding on the parties. Our services as arbitrators are to resolve any disputes regarding the drafting of documents or resolving disputed issues.
  8. Cancellation of mediation: If the mediation needs to be canceled or postponed three (3) days prior to the mediation, there is no cancellation fee. There may be a fee assessed for cancellations within (3) business days.
  9. Special Problems: If there is a no-contact order or protection order in place, it will be the responsibility of the parties or the attorneys to apprise our office so that any necessary arrangements can be made for the mediation. If one of the parties is out of State, we can also accommodate telephonic mediation.
  10. Preparation: We understand that advanced preparation is often difficult. We would like to have all settlement materials available at least two working days in advance of the mediation so that we can be better prepared to accomplish the settlement.

About Paul:

Paul started practicing law in 1993. Since then, he practiced law in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, and general civil practice. However, his focus has always been family law. Paul also has substantial experience looking at matters from a third-party perspective. He has been a Pro Tem Family Law Commissioner in King County Superior Court since 2018.

From the time Paul entered private practice, he zealously and effectively represented clients from all walks of life. This eclectic experience made clear to him the value of a learned, thoughtful, and deliberative mediator/judicial officer, be it a court commissioner mediator. This is especially true, he believes, in family law, where the outcome almost always touches the parties’ lives in such a personal way. While in practice, Paul’s clients ranged from juveniles to senior citizens and included people from all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Paul would be honored to use his experience and training to serve as your mediator.

Paul enjoys helping people assess their needs, priorities, and motivations while providing the benefit of experience both as practicing a family lawyer and mediator. He is dedicated to facilitating people toward an equitable, practical, and stable agreement that ultimately brings closure to litigation.

“With my experience and belief that all matters can be resolved short of trial, I believe I can offer you a valuable service as mediator or arbitrator in your family law case.”

 

Please feel free to contact Eagle Law Offices, PS regarding any questions you may have. For further information about scheduling a mediation in one of our offices, please call (206) 426-6961.

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Paul is a ‘no drama, get to the point’ attorney. At first he can seem intimidating but as you sit with him you realize that he is a “‘cut to the chase” person that will fiercely fight for you but you need to have your wants/needs/interested buttoned up and ready before you are in his office. He is not a marriage counselor, he does not sympathize with your situation ( I mean, to a degree but if you pay by the hour it’s cheaper to see a therapist). Be ready with your finances, boundaries, needs/wants/ideal outcome and be honest and forthright. As a female retaining him for a divorce without a lot of conflict he was able to walk me through my rights, file appropriate paperwork, give solid and sound advice while being realistic about the outcome. When you hire attorneys, expect to pay their worth, it’s the same with Eagle Law but you will get your moneys worth and be properly represented so long as you are prepared and ready with all documents and expectations at the first meeting. If you don’t waste his time, he won’t waste yours. I highly recommend his firm to any woman seeking a divorce with children in mind. That said, be prepared that he is not your therapist or friend, he is an aggressive lawyer that will represent you fully so long as you are prepared to move swiftly and let him know exact what you need.


Paul Eagle is an outstanding attorney! His legal advise and representation during my divorce led to an outcome that I will always be thankful for. Thank you Paul


Mr. Eagle – I would like to congratulate you and your excellent team on providing such excellent service and demonstrating professionalism and personal attention to all of the details of this case. John and I are beyond grateful and satisfied with the outcome. We do not regret hiring you.


As always, Paul, I don't have enough words to thank you for everything you have done for me (& my son). I came to you LOST and felt powerless and you helped me find a voice. I couldn't have survived this year of hell without you. I'm so thankful I found you! Gracias!


Attorney Paul F. Eagle and his marvelous team demonstrated high level professionalism in handling our case, but most importantly, Mr. Eagle added that human touch that made things go out as smooth as possible and helped us reach the outcome we wanted. Mr. Eagle offered excellent legal representation and I would recommend to anyone seeking legal representation to contact Eagle Law Offices. Mr. Eagle kept us informed in every step of the process, was available to take our phone calls and always responded to our emails. Whenever in doubt, we would reach out to him and we would always get an answer. He will fight for you and will voice your concerns. I cannot say enough good things about him and his team. The quality of representation we received makes me re-affirm that Mr. Eagle is the best attorney in the Seattle area. We would definitely hire his firm again if necessary.


Paul and Team, Thank you for your help in resolving this motion to enforce. I’m glad we were successful in our efforts. Your professionalism, thoughtfulness and thoroughness as we worked through the issues was absolutely wonderful and an exception to what I have experienced in my journey through family law. My only regret is that I did not find you sooner. While it would be a misnomer to say that I look forward to working with you again, I hope if I’m in need of legal services, your team will be available. Many thanks again!


I wanted to let you know that your hard work has been very helpful. You do make a difference. You are appreciated.


Paul was very knowledgeable and helpful in my divorce. He helped answer questions before and after my retainer ran out. I would recommend Paul to anyone looking for great legal advice.


He's the One to Have On Your Side! Paul and his staff are a pleasure to work with. As crazy as it sounds, they are so caring and helpful that I'll miss them when my post divorce legal battles with ex-wife are over. Paul responds often within minutes day and night. His approach to billing seems reasonable especially compared with my prior lawyer. Kim and Kady his office staff are always super helpful and responsive. Paul gives great advice but is open to my input. He is willing to take on aggressive unreasonable opposing attorney that almost no one else was willing to deal with. I recommend Paul and his staff without hesitation.


Always my first call... From the first phone call to 10 years later... I have always felt confident in Paul. He has helped me on numerous cases. He is the first person I refer my friends and family too. His continued legal help and advice has been invaluable.

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