Professional Details

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
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P.O. Box 2481
Springfield, VA 22152


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
I specialize in Family Mediation; it is the only kind of mediation I do professionally. I have helped many couples and ex-couples resolve issues about parenting plans, child support, alimony, property division, separation, divorce, or preserving a marriage on improved terms. My book The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia, available from Amazon for $4.99, is a great place to start if you are considering divorce. In addition to marriage mediation, divorce mediation, and co-parenting mediation, I can help with elder care planning, family business internal disputes, and developing prenuptial agreements. There are seven family mediators in my group practice.

Professional Background

  • Family Mediation Specialist (private practice)
  • Author of book "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia"
  • Research Analyst at Second Genesis
  • Research Associate at Children's National Medical Center
  • Author of the book "Human Attachment"
  • Self-employed Research Consultant
  • Therapeutic Foster Parent at TRIAD Care Program
  • Psychotherapy Associate at Bleach and Associates
  • Psychology Associate at Clinical Associates
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Therapeutic Foster Parent at Family Group Homes


I began doing family mediation in 1999 and have worked with a wide variety of couples.

In my roles as a parent (married, then divorced, and then, years later, remarried), step-parent, foster parent, friend, counselor, and mediator, I have extensive experience with divorce. I know the emotional, financial, and legal aspects of family distress, separation, and divorce. I have helped many ex-couples renegotiate parenting plans when children got older, when parents changed jobs or moved to different neighborhoods, or when a family’s situation changed in other ways. More recently, I have discovered the joys of marital mediation -- helping couples resolve issues and improve their marriages, instead of just helping people minimize the damage when it is too late to save the marriage.


B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College
M.A. in Psychology from Columbia University
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from University of Virginia.

In addition, I have completed the training and apprenticeship program developed by the Supreme Court of Virginia and earned certification to mediate cases referred from Juvenile and Domestic Courts and from Circuit Courts.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2008    Northern Virginia Mediation Services    Eleven mediation courses, 107 hours
2010    Virginia Law Foundation    29th Annual Family Law Seminar: Spare the Child, 6 hours
2010    Supreme Court of Virginia Dispute Resolution Services    Theater of Ethics, 2 hours
2011    Supreme Court of Virginia Dispute Resolution Services    Child Support, Basic and Advanced, 8 hours
2012    Academy of Professional Mediators    many programs, 30 hours
2013    Academy of Professional Mediators    many programs, 32 hours
2014    Academy of Professional Mediators    many programs, 32 hours
2014    Supreme Court of Virginia Dispute Resolution Services    Ethics, 3 hours
2014    Northern Virginia Mediation Services    various programs, 10 hours
2015    Academy of Professional Mediators    many programs, 30 hours
2015    Northern Virginia Mediation Services    various programs, 6 hours
2015    Supreme Court of Virginia Dispute Resolution Services    Mediation Ethics, 2 hours


In a confidential setting, I help each party to communicate what is important to him or her and to hear what is important to the other party. I facilitate the conversation to help them identify the issues that need to be resolved, focus on one issue at a time, brainstorm ideas about ways to resolve issues, discuss the possible solutions, come to agreement about parenting plans, financial, and/or other issues, prepare a draft of their emerging agreement, and review, revise, and (usually) sign the agreement. I do recommend that the parties each have an attorney review the draft agreement before they commit themselves to it.


$250 per hour for others in my group practice; $350/hour for my time. Sometimes we accept less if clients really cannot afford our standard rates. We also offer a discounted flat fee plan. We accept cash, checks, and credit card payments.

Other Information

My current mission in life is to make myself available on neutral ground in almost any part of northern Virginia where people need family mediation services. I am also available by phone or Skype for clients anywhere if jurisdiction of the case is in Virginia. Usually if a minor child is involved, jurisdiction is where the child lives.

Also, listen to my radio show Family Matters at

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues) (150 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (175 mediated)
  • Family (350 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (2 mediated)
  • Marital Mediation (4 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Online Mediator
  • Facilitator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.


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