As the high-tech hub of the Pacific northwest, Seattle continues to evolve. But unfortunately, most Seattle divorce services have not.
Leaving couples seeking divorce mediation in Seattle no options other than to meet with their mediator and spouse face-to-face.
But it doesn’t have to be that way!
As pioneers in the field, couples seeking a divorce in Seattle can take advantage of our convenient, flexible, and cost-effective Mediation-On-The-Go™ online divorce mediation services. And eliminate the need to resolve the issues for their King County divorce in one of our Seattle or Bellevue office locations.
Leveraging the technology Seattle is so well known for, you and your spouse will work with our highly skilled and professional trained Seattle divorce mediator Joe Dillon, using your phone for audio and computer for online screen sharing. Enabling you and your spouse (with Joe's help), to negotiate the terms of your uncontested divorce in Seattle from any location you wish.
And if tech is not your thing and you’d rather mediate face-to-face, that’s fine, too. We offer in-person divorce mediation in Seattle and Bellevue by appointment.
We know first-hand how devastating divorce can be because our lives have been affected by it, too.
That's why we mediate each case personally and do everything we can to make divorce less expensive, less time-consuming and less stressful for you and your children.
Equitable Mediation Services
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle in the Denny Triangle, at the intersections of Westlake Ave, Stewart St and 6th Ave, access to our office from Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, First Hill, South Lake Union or Capitol Hill is easy.
Use either the: South Lake Union Streetcar (exit at Westlake Ave & Virginia St or Westlake Ave & Olive Way), Bus to Stewart St & 7th Ave, or walk from Westlake Station heading north on 6th Ave, and you’re just minutes from our office.
Equitable Mediation Services
Located in 800 Fifth Avenue building (also known as the Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza), just north of the Seattle Municipal Tower and south of the Seattle Public Library, our second downtown Seattle office is conveniently located and just minutes off the I-5 Express. Or take the bus to 5th Ave. Marion St and from there, the office is a quick 1-minute walk.
Equitable Mediation Services
Located less than a mile from Bellevue Downtown Park, this office is walking distance from Bellevue City Hall, the Shops at Bravern, and the future East Link Light Rail station. The Bellevue office provides Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and other King County, Washington couples a convenient alternative to our downtown Seattle divorce mediation locations.
Access to the office is an easy drive using the 405, taking the bus to NE 4th St, 108th Ave NE, or walking from Bellevue Transit Center (located next door).
The most notable observation about working with Equitable Mediation was that the process Joe and Cheryl follow is really well described on their web site, through all the documentation they provide and make available, and via the meetings we had with them.
I am impressed by how organized they were and how smoothly our mediation went working with them!former client, Bellevue, WA
What I most appreciated about working with Equitable Mediation was their efficient and well-structured process, Cheryl's help in preparation, and Joe's constructive tone and approach during the mediation.former client, Seattle, WA
Joe and Cheryl were extremely professional and their thorough divorce mediation process was efficient and well-executed.former client, Redmond, WA
For a high quality divorce mediation Seattle style, that results in a fair and thorough agreement while putting your children first, choose Equitable Mediation.
If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce in Seattle, Bellevue or anywhere else in King County, Washington, have agreed to mediate, and are ready to begin the process, book an initial meeting for the two of you today.Get Started
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While some clients choose to hire attorneys to review their settlement agreement (known as a Memorandum of Understanding in mediation) or provide legal advice throughout the mediation process, there is no requirement in King County that parties retain a lawyer as involving attorneys is a matter of personal choice.
We encourage our clients to work with an attorney at any point during or after mediation if they feel they need or want one. However, we find that the majority of our clients choose not to involve attorneys in their divorce.
In mediation, a neutral third party mediator will draft what’s known as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which contains all of the agreements the parties made with regards to items that affect their family such as parenting time and decision-making, child support, spousal maintenance and property division.
After mediation is completed, the agreements outlined in the MOU are then formally drafted by a qualified professional into a legally binding document known as the Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), which is signed by the parties and is one of the (many) documents that are submitted to the court to finalize the parties' divorce.
Currently there are no mediation training requirements for those wishing to practice divorce mediation in King County.
That means anyone (and I mean anyone) can call themselves divorce mediators in Seattle.
It’s not uncommon for attorneys to call themselves a “divorce mediation lawyer” or a “mediation attorney” as they feel passing the bar also qualifies them to be divorce mediators. But in our opinion, litigating or advocating for one party is an entirely different skill set than acting as a neutral third party and assisting both parties towards fair and equitable resolution.
Read this article to learn more about how mediators and lawyers compare.