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In family law cases, issues such as custody, child support, alimony and division of assets are all dealt with. If the parties and their attorneys are not able, themselves, to negotiate a settlement agreement, the Court will often order the parties to participate in mediation in an effort to help the parties reach a stipulated agreement. In mediation, a neutral third-party (mediator) who is trained in family law matters is appointed to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Usually only the parties directly participate in mediation sessions with the mediator, without their attorneys being present. The attorneys, however, continue to counsel with their clients about settlement terms discussed in the mediation sessions. If an agreement is tentatively reached in mediation, the parties will review it with their attorneys first, before officially signing onto the agreement. Even in hotly contested cases, most couples choose to settle out of court through negotiation and mediation, rather than go all the way through trial to have the judge decide the outcome.

Robert Vail has represented clients as an attorney in family law matters for over 20 years. He is also an experienced family law mediator, in which cases he serves as the neutral third party (does not represent either side) in helping parties work out practical and reasonable parenting plans and property settlement agreements.

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Robert W. Vail is an attorney and the owner of the law firm Vail Family Law PLLC. His practice focuses on various aspects of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, modification and enforcement of court orders, paternity establishment, and adoption. Rob is also a trained mediator for family law matters and is on the Idaho Supreme Court’s list of approved child custody mediators.

Rob earned a Bachelor's degree in Family Sciences from BYU and his Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School. After law school , Rob was employed for three years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Cathy R. Silak - first at the Idaho Court of Appeals, and then at the Idaho Supreme Court. In 1994, Rob began working for Howell Law Offices,  and in 1997, Rob and Michael B. Howell formed the partnership Howell & Vail, LLP. For over 23 years Rob  has focused his personal practice in the area of family law matters, including more than 20 years as a special deputy attorney for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare handling paternity and child support matters. In addition, Rob also assisted in the firm’s extensive creditor's rights practice. In 2017, Rob  open his own law firm, where he continues to focus his practice on helping people find effective legal solutions in all types of family law matters.


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