Robin Graine: Divorce Mediation at its Best
Robin Graine, JD, CDFA™ has helped hundreds of couples resolve their divorce issues -- and eliminate their outrageous divorce lawyer fees -- with mediation.
Career Dedicated to Families
- knows the law;
- has the skills to manage complex financial and tax matters; and
- understands the impact of divorce on children.
I know what it feels like to go through a divorce. Like you, I got divorced and had to completely start my life over. My career as a mediator came as a result of my own experience, at 43 years old, with two young children, and a big, fat surprise divorce.
Nothing is more gratifying to me -- after so many years of study, training, and experience -- than helping clients successfully move through the transition from married to single. Though I had practiced family law for years before my children were born, my divorce came after 11 years as a stay-at-home mom. Once I shook off the shock of my husband leaving, I founded Graine Mediation in 2009. I have never looked back. I re-built my life. You can, too.
Divorce is about money, real estate, and kids. You need to focus on these issues. I will help you concentrate on what really matters in a divorce settlement: planning for your future, and not dwelling on the past. I have saved my clients thousands of dollars by keeping them focused on these matters.
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I am a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, lawyer, single-mom, and champion of fairness in both process and result. As an attorney, I litigated divorce and family law cases for many years. My clients ranged from financially sophisticated executives and business owners to clients who had barely enough to get by.
I will get you through your divorce settlement efficiently and inexpensively. Together, we will determine your settlement options and choose what is best for you and your children. We will consider making reasonable compromises, when appropriate, and focus on needs and fairness – not on legal wrangling and outlandish positions.
In mediation, we will construct the best solutions for you and your children.
You need a divorce expert and someone who can provide clear and “plain English” explanations of what might happen in court, how a lawyer would view your case, and what you have to lose if you choose litigation over mediation. That’s me. I can help.
I believe that the court system was not designed for families. It was designed for big business. Do you want to focus on complex legal strategy and procedural game-playing like the corporate attorneys do? Or, do you want to focus on a fair settlement -- in both process and final result -- so that you can get on with your life and discover happiness.
- Owner of Graine Mediation - 2009 to Present – Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA) and Relationship Coach.
- Selected by the Circuit Court of Cook County (Chicago) as one of the first court certified mediators through the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution.
- Appointed as a Hearing Officer and Mediator for the Juvenile (Abuse & Neglect) and Child Support Enforcement Divisions of the Chicago Courts.
- Divorce litigator at Marshall J. Auerbach & Associates. Specialized in sophisticated financial litigation, including small business interests and complex personalities. Firm authored the Illinois state statute on Equitable Distribution of Property & Debt.
- Guardian ad Litem (children's legal advocate), Office of the Public Guardian, Cook County, Illinois.
- Interviewed on Impact Makers Radio “Let’s Talk Divorce Series” - The Impact of the New Tax Code on Divorce (January 2018)"
- Former Vice Chair and current Member of the Fairfax Bar Association's Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Co-founder and lead member of Mediator Referral Service Task Force.
- Featured Speaker - FAMlaw Seminar - Fairfax, VA. "Divorce Mediation: The Importance of Mediation as a Settlement Option" (May 13, 2014).
- Featured Speaker - Virginia Mediation Network - The University of Richmond Law School. "Tapping into the Emotions that Best Serve the Realistic Goals of Divorcing Parties and their Children" (Spring Conference 2012).
- Resource for Montgomery County Peer Mediation Program - Trainer Appointee to the Program
- Mediation Judge - Law School Competition at University of Richmond (Spring 2011).
- Licenses and Certificates:
- Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator - Circuit Court Family (2010)
- Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator - Juvenile & Domestic Relations (2010)
- Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago - Family Law Mediator - Center for Conflict Resolution (1994)
- Licensed to Practice Law - Illinois (1989)
- Financial Certifications:
- Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA) - Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (2014)
- Juris Doctor (Law Degree), Chicago- Kent College of Law (1989)
- BA, Virginia Commonwealth University (1985)
- Fairfax Bar Association - Sections on Alternative Dispute Resolution & Family Law
- Virginia Mediation Network
- Northern Virginia Divorce Alliance
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association – Section on Family Law
- Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM)
- Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA)
- Association for Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP)
- American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT)
- Professional Family Mediation Forum of Northern Virginia (PFMFNV)
Erin is an attorney and certified mediator. Prior to receiving her law degree at Emory University, she obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. After practicing law for several years, she decided that helping families work together to move forward with their lives would be far more fulfilling than taking on the adversarial role that litigation requires. Her knowledge of both the law and psychology significantly benefits clients. Erin also writes for The Huffington Post.
Caroline Squair, as owner of CheckZBalance, LLC, works with Graine Mediation as technical expert and SEO consultant for our Blog, the firm’s graphic artist, and computer administrative support.
Caroline began her career as a computer administrator in 1990 supporting Unix & PC operating systems, SQL databases, networking, troubleshooting and administration. As a Certified Solaris Administrator, she was responsible for maintaining corporate-wide hardware and software upgrades and served as point of contact with Sun Microsystems. Inc and Freddie Mac.
Caroline earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Penn State University in 1990.
Sara Duke provides executive support, business operations, client relationship management, and marketing assistance to our firm. She worked as an international development evaluator and qualitative researcher studying human behavior and motivation for behavior change programs for 8 years while she resided in several countries in Africa and Asia. She possesses a strong understanding of personality psychology and has experience in providing support to world leaders in negotiating and resolving regional geopolitical conflicts. Sara earned her Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.
Robin Graine, JD, CDFA™ can help you stay focused and work through your conflicts
during this turbulent time.
Let Graine Mediation help you find solutions that will cost you less, improve your long-term outcome, and bring peace of mind to you and your family.