Virginia L Colin, Ph.D.

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  • Hours of Operation
  • co-parenting, separation, divorce, elder care, child support, alimony, property settlement agreements, reconciliation agreements, inheritance disputes, how to manage the family’s budget, how to handle a rebellious teenager, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements.
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  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Member of the Board of Directors;
    Northern Virginia Mediation Service;
    Virginia Mediation Network
  • Honors & Awards
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators
    Northern Virginia Mediation Service
    Virginia Mediation Network

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is a talk radio show host, an author, a speaker, a professional family mediator, the Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM). Formerly a research psychologist, she has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security and healthy development and their own well-being. She has helped dozens of couples negotiate the terms of their divorces. Dr. Colin has written two books: Human Attachment (1996) and The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself (2014). She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.​

The other mediators in Colin Family Mediation Group are each certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. They come from a variety of backgrounds: foreign service, school counseling, business, family law, restorative justice, engineering, workplace mediation, government service, and pastoral counseling.

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High Conflict Parenting and Resolution: A Valuable Lesson From My First Mediation

Back in the 1990’s, I had a friend who had been in a custody battle for more than a year and a half.  Let’s call him Ben.  His kids were living with him, and...

Realistic Happy Middles for Stepfamilies

I divorced early in the 1990’s. That left me with four minor children and no money. Really - less than $100 in the bank.Being exhausted almost all the time (eventual diagnosis...

Choosing How To Settle Your Divorce

There are many ways to get unmarried. Using almost any approach, you need to educate yourself about your state’s relevant laws and about your family’s finances. You may...

Posted by Virginia L Colin, Ph.D. on 06/16/2016

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It Gets Easier

This is an open letter to divorcing parents who separated within the last year and have their kids with them most of the time. It helps a lot if you know this truth: It gets easier. You...

Dividing Assets and Debts When You Divorce

To make well-informed decisions, you will need good financial records. If you have not kept good records, start gathering the documents you need. You may need documents that verify...

Co-Parenting When Your Ex Has a High-Conflict Personality

Most parents, even those who are very selfish, defensive, or angry, have something positive to offer to their children. Unless there is abuse, serious untreated mental illness, or...

Ways to Divorce, Part 2

(You can find Part 1 here.) Reminder: These are brief descriptions of approaches that can be complex. LITIGATION LEADING TO ARBITRATION With help from your lawyers, you and...

Ways to Divorce, Part 1

INTRODUCTION These are brief descriptions of approaches that can be complex. They are listed in order from least expensive to most expensive, if you measure only the costs of settling...

Which Cases Are NOT Appropriate for Mediation?

Recently someone asked me for my thoughts about how to tell whether family mediation was likely to work. Given that I am a mediator, my first impulse was, of course, to say that it...

Healing During and After Divorce

Recently I (Virginia Colin) spent an afternoon with some men and women who were in the beginning, middle, or end stages of getting divorced. I was impressed, as usual, with the power...

How to Choose a Mediator

First, a definition: mediation is a private, confidential process in which a neutral person helps you and your spouse negotiate constructively about the issues you need to resolve:...

Aspects of Divorce

Some people think of divorce as a matter of law, severing marital ties. It’s more complicated than that. When divorcing, a person faces at least three challenges: the emotional...

Fundamentals for Stepfamilies

Give It Time Forming a stepfamily takes time – normally at least two years, and sometimes much longer. Children will not love and may not even like their new stepparent right...

Shared Decision-Making About the Kids: a Good Idea for Co-Parents?

When I (Virginia Colin) divorced in the 1990’s, the default plan at the court was to give one parent sole legal and physical custody of the child. That parent could make all...

Parenting Plans for Very Young Children

When parents live apart, should a young child spend his or her time predominantly in the care of one parent? Is shared parenting, defined here as an arrangement in which each parent...

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