Testimonials for Colin Family Mediation Group LLC
♦ Virginia was very helpful with working through a separation and divorce and not having to use a lawyer. She provided us with all the necessary tools to agree on our terms and file our own paperwork. – Lauren R. on Thumbtack, May 3, 2017.
We were on a hamster wheel of disagreements and back and forth, each one with the hefty price tag of our lawyers. I was skeptical that anyone could help us get to a point where we could agree on anything. Rick and Ellice were both such a blessing. They worked well as a team to keep us on topic, remain objective, help unscramble the emotions and get to the bottom of what needed to be sorted out. They worked really well as a team and made me feel like I was being heard- finally! They also had a lot of knowledge in regards to the law, and what was actually fair.
In the end, we were able to avoid both of the trials that were set, and comet our own, non-traditional agreement that we felt worked best for us, and kept the best interest of our children at heart. We had a total of 4 sessions with them, it was a fraction of the cost of legal fees, and when we finally signed our agreement, it was like a weight of 1000lbs was lifted from both of us. I am very thankful for the experience. – Melissa S., published on Yelp, April 2015.
I highly recommend reading Virginia Colin’s book as well–this is how I learned about the mediation route and how her group is one of the best to go to in Northern Virginia. I ordered it on Amazon called the Guide to a Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia. – Heather D., Leesburg, VA, published on Yelp in December 2016, but almost invisible there because Heather does not post reviews there frequently.
♦ My wife and I were extremely pleased with our experience. Rick was great! – Steve, March 2016
♦ Virginia Colin was an excellent choice for our mediator. She was a true professional who took the time to understand our divorce situation and draft up a settlement. We saved thousands of dollars in expensive lawyer fees by using her. Whenever the mediation became tense, she immediately knew how to diffuse the situation. Her strengths are her objectivity, her calm demeanor and her listening skills. After about 10-12 hours of mediation (we had two children, lots of investments/pensions, two cars and a house!), we were able to come up with a settlement that worked for both of us. She’s the best! – Adam L., Alexandria, VA, published on Yelp on June 28, 2015, but almost invisible there because Adam does not post reviews there frequently. . (This review was published on June 28, 2015 on Yelp, but Adam does not use Yelp much, so the review is nearly invisible there.)
♦ I have been beyond impressed by the professionalism of our mediators. They are fair, listen to both parties, and are flexible regarding meeting times. – Beth O., published on Thumbtack
♦ Dorothy was terrific! She produced very relevant preparatory questions for the four of us [adult siblings] in advance of the session, and during our 3.5 hours she was balanced, thoughtful, insightful and appropriately assertive when she needed to be! We do not believe there was anything she could have done better! Dorothy’s professionalism and calm were a true asset, especially in light of the fact that two of the four of us were quite ambivalent about the role of a mediator! – Carli, February 2015
♦ Dr. Colin truly is a consummate professional with the diligence and perseverance to take the most challenging disagreements and turn them into a solution that suits all parties well. My highest recommendations for anyone contemplating the court system. Dr Colin possesses extraordinary interpersonal skills coupled with deep wisdom in domestic issues, that has far reaching positive impacts on those most affected- our children’s well-being. – Oscar Marin, APO
♦ Ms. Colin, excellent work on our case, and I hope other families as us can have the same opportunity to have you as a mediator before reaching the court. My best wishes and my gratitude to you…. Thank you so much.. – Nelida Rojas, Arlington, VA
♦ I am pleased with the agreement and its contents. I thank you so much for all your patience and kindness through this process. — Alexis De Leon, Woodbridge, VA
♦ I didn’t think it would go well but it actually went pretty good. – Cindy (working with Dorothy Douglas Taft)
♦ Virginia did a great job helping my ex-husband and me get divorced. We lived separately in one house for a couple of years.We could not sell our house because of contract conditions.We owed much more than the house was worth. We couldn’t afford the high rates of lawyers.The whole situation seemed impossible. Somehow Virginia helped us work out a plan and write an agreement about custody, visitation, child support, and dividing our property and debts. I got the forms to file for divorce “pro se” (representing myself), filled them out, and brought them to court. We signed the agreement on June 20th, and we were divorced by July 8th! I never thought it could be so easy or so fast! Virginia made it possible. – Erisa Shahinllari, Alexandria, VA
♦ She (Dorothy Douglas Taft) took her time to hear what we had to say. She made us see eye to eye and what’s best for our child. — Anonymous
♦ Virginia, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your support, guidance, and assistance. I spoke to my daughter about the outcome and she is extremely relieved. Although it is sad in a way, my daughter can finally be the happy 9 year old she deserves to be and not have the extra stress and sadness that was being imposed upon her these last 5 years. You have helped me make a huge difference in her life. – Krystal Thomas, Alexandria, VA
♦ The work Dr. Colin did for my wife and me was great. With our separation and property settlement plan all worked out and written down, getting our divorce was easy. – Chris Carpenter, Burke, VA
♦ I enjoyed the small amount of time I had working with you. I thank you for your efforts and in fact being a mediator as far as keeping the order as peaceful as possible. I appreciated you giving me advice on my relationship and my son’s relationship with his father. – Dana Gray, Alexandria, VA
♦ My name is Nigel and I called them with the intent of just getting a time slot. Instead I was blessed with more than I could have ever hoped for in that one conversation. Although I was and am still going down that same deep dark path with my wife, just that one call aided me more than the wonder woman on the other side of the phone will ever know. That’s just a phone call. I could imagine what a session could do. THANK YOU TRULY – Nigel W., Ashburn VA, published on Yelp on Feb. 27, 2014, but hard to find because Nigel does not use Yelp much.
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To discuss whether mediation would be helpful for your family, contact Dr. Virginia Colin at mediatorQ@gmail.com or 703 864 2101.
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