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Enjoy Robin’s Divorce Mediation Blog. Here she shares her knowledge and insights on topics related to divorce mediation, child support, alimony, child custody, co parenting, property settlement agreements, Virginia divorce laws, divorce finance and taxation and relationship coaching.

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Robin Graine, JD, CDFA®

How Does Spousal Support Work in Virginia?

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Virginia Code
Virginia statutory law speaks generally of the criteria that a judge must consider when ...

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How to Choose a Good Divorce Mediator

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Contemplating divorce and unsure how to proceed? It's only natural to feel nervous about finding the right ...

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What Makes Divorce Mediation Work?

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Mediation is a confidential settlement process in which a trained, neutral settlement expert — the “mediator” ...

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Mine, Yours, and Ours in a Virginia Divorce

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How Do Virginia Courts & Mediators View Equitable Distribution When a Husband and Wife Commingle Separate (Non-Marital) ...

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Dealing with Phases of Divorce Emotions

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Divorce is a shock to the system. Even if getting divorced is your idea, when it finally becomes a reality, ...

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What is "Equitable distribution of property"?

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Equitable Distribution is the legal term for how judges, ...

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The Number One Predictor of Divorce

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Dr. John Gottman, PhD, a 40-year veteran of marriage and divorce studies, co-founder of the Gottman Institute, ...

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Some Things Never Change

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You're looking for the signs he will change - but thinking you can change your partner is a classic pitfall ...

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Why Marriages Fail

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These three truths are the primary sad seeds of why marriages fail at an alarming rate in our culture and ...

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Can an Ugly Divorce Cause PTSD?

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There is a wonderful article by Lisa Arends in the Huffington Post called "PTSD After Divorce." In it, she ...

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Child Custody: Your Preschooler in a Divorce

Having a preschool aged child is a lot of work. Getting divorced when you have a preschooler presents even more challenges. This article will help parents ...

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Child Custody – Keys to Success

When you are working on your child custody plans, it is important to know that virtually all experts agree that children do best when:

(a) their parents ...

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Business Valuation & Division in a VA Divorce

Settling a divorce case in Virginia, where one of the parties owns a business, can be extremely challenging. Businesses are considered “property” ...

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6 Tips for Financial Success After Divorce

6 Tips for Financial Success After Divorce
Experienced Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA) Provides Advice
Divorce is difficult for ...

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Dependent Exemptions, Child Custody & Divorce

The Internal Revenue Code has changed as of December 22, 2017. For up-to-date information call Robin at (571) 220-1998.

Parents getting divorced often ...

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Tax-timing a Marriage or Divorce

As part of your tax planning, you need to consider an expected change in your filing status for this year or next. The frequently overlooked strategy ...

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How To Tell Your Children About Divorce

There is no easy way to tell your children about divorce.  At some time, though, most divorcing parents need to have this uncomfortable and heartbreaking ...

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Navigating Divorce with an Autistic Child

Navigating any divorce can very quickly become complicated and tricky.  For parents with an autistic child, this added complication can become particularly ...

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What is the Purpose of Child Support?

Parents often are confused about what their child support obligation is supposed to cover.   Like many things that involve the legal system, there is ...

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