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Halloween During A Pandemic
Fairfax County suggests some safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating and parties.

https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/10/01/traditional-trick-or-treating-not-recommended-for-halloween-safe-alternatives-available/
A new book, Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic, edited by well-known mediator Michael Lang, is a collection of essays from 75 family mediators and related professionals from ten countries. Three of the contributors are offering a free one hour webinar on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 PM ET. Michael will be moderating the session.
The webinar is designed for couples and families stressed by the coronavirus pandemic. Please share this announcement with people who may be interested.

See Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic
Request an interview or book copy at [email protected] or call (703) 403-7034
Access “Relationship SOS” webinar at:
A new book, Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic, edited by well-known mediator Michael Lang, is a collection of essays from 75 family mediators and related professionals from ten countries. Three of the contributors are offering a free one hour webinar on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 PM ET. Michael will be moderating the session.
The webinar is designed for couples and families stressed by the coronavirus pandemic. Please share this announcement with people who may be interested.

See Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic
Request an interview or book copy at [email protected] or call (703) 403-7034
Access “Relationship SOS” webinar at:

Marriage, divorce, co-parenting, or child support problems to work out? We can help. http://colinfamilymediationgroup.com Do you have family problems to solve?

Avoid expensive, distressing court battles. We have 5 certified family mediators ready to help -- through private, confidential discussions. Before starting a hostile litigation process, try the peace-building approach. You will save time, money, and sanity. Mediation can improve relationships instead of damaging them.

Operating as usual

[11/29/21]   How To Not Need A Family Mediator

11/25/2021

[11/01/21]   Co-Parenting During the Holidays:
Plan ahead. (See below.)

NCADV | National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 10/04/2021

NCADV | National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know needs a plan for getting to safety, help is available.
https://ncadv.org/personalized-safety-plan

NCADV | National Coalition Against Domestic Violence NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.

09/02/2021
The Young Fall for Scams More Than Seniors Do. Time for a Warning. 09/01/2021

The Young Fall for Scams More Than Seniors Do. Time for a Warning.

Warn young people: Student loan scams are on the rise.
Young adults fall for scams more often than senior citizens do.

The Young Fall for Scams More Than Seniors Do. Time for a Warning. Stop it with the ageism and delusions of invincibility. Young adults often don’t recognize the bad checks coming at them, or fake job offers, either.

08/30/2021

Take good care of yourself! Healthy parents raise healthy kids.

Take good care of yourself! Healthy parents raise healthy kids.

[08/12/21]   Families can watch the Perseids meteor shower tonight.

[08/02/21]   Sales Tax Holidays in Virginia
-- this weekend!
Please tell families.

06/17/2021

It is always a pleasure to see that our low-cost divorce services are recognized.

It is always a pleasure to see that our low-cost divorce services are recognized.

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day 05/29/2021

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day

What are your family's traditions for Memorial Day?

8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day From its Civil War origins to its modern-day traditions, find out more about America’s most solemn holiday.

What is a Supermoon? – NASA Solar System Exploration 05/25/2021

What is a Supermoon? – NASA Solar System Exploration

Extra large full moon Tuesday and Wednesday nights!
The moon will reach the full stage early on May 26, so it will appear as a full moon both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. At the same time it will travel as close to Earth as it ever does, so the full moon will be a supermoon.
Parents, kids, and everyone else, enjoy it!
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/922/what-is-a-supermoon/

What is a Supermoon? – NASA Solar System Exploration A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full.

Wellness Habits You Need for the Next Normal 05/07/2021

Wellness Habits You Need for the Next Normal

Today is Digital Wellness Day.
Be ready for the Next Normal.

Wellness Habits You Need for the Next Normal Please join me on Digital Wellness Day, May 7, for a virtual event where we’ll look at simple habits that can lead to better well-being in the Next Normal.

05/06/2021

Mental Health Month | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. This recognition began in 1949.
Mental Health Facts & Figures
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
Su***de is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
The statistics above are from the National Council for mental well-being.

Mental Health Month | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness Show support with NAMI by participating in several annual mental health awareness events. Learn more about the events.

International Dance Day 2021: History, theme, significance of this day that celebrates dance 04/29/2021

International Dance Day 2021: History, theme, significance of this day that celebrates dance

It's International Dance Day!
Has your family danced yet today?

International Dance Day 2021: History, theme, significance of this day that celebrates dance International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29 every year to encourage participation and education in dance

04/22/2021

Thursday is Earth Day!
What are you and your kids doing to celebrate or honor the day?
Live long and prosper.

Thursday is Earth Day!
What are you and your kids doing to celebrate or honor the day?
Live long and prosper.

04/13/2021

Today is National Scrabble Day. Do you play this game with your kids or grandkids?

Today is National Scrabble Day. Do you play this game with your kids or grandkids?

Transform Your Child’s Negative Self-Talk 03/10/2021

Transform Your Child’s Negative Self-Talk

Transform Your Child’s Negative Self-Talk 5-Day Interactive Masterclass for Busy Parents

Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix 03/07/2021

Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/03/05/974069925/are-we-raising-unhelpful-bossy-kids-heres-the-fix

Are We Raising Unhelpful, Bossy Kids? Here's The Fix In some cultures, kids roll their eyes when asked to do chores. In others, they'll pitch in without even being asked. Researchers have identified two key practices to raise helpful children.

03/04/2021

The Child Support Solution: Unhooking Custody From Support -- a great book for co-parents who struggle with disagreements about child support

The Child Support Solution: Unhooking Custody From Support -- a great book for co-parents who struggle with disagreements about child support

02/01/2021
01/27/2021

Divorce Mediation: How much will it cost and how long will it take? Answers are on our website. #lowcostdivorce

Divorce Mediation: How much will it cost and how long will it take? Answers are on our website. #lowcostdivorce

Timeline Photos 01/18/2021

This interview was fun.

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This week we meet Virginia Colin, PhD of Northern Virginia. She is the founder of Colin Family Mediation Group LLC, a group of professional family mediators providing services throughout Northern Virginia. Dr. Colin is an author and president of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. In addition to her professional pursuits, Dr. Colin is a dog mom and a regular puppy foster. We talk about that as well. Let's go meet the MEDE8TR!

01/14/2021

Do-It-Yourself Divorce?
Yes, it is possible. Getting just a little help from a mediator makes it easier.
https://colinfamilymediationgroup.com/divorce-mediation/

01/07/2021

West Springfield (Virginia) police have created a safe place for co-parents to transfer a child from one parent to the other.
Details in comment.

01/05/2021
12/22/2020

Colin Family Mediation Group has been recognized again for providing excellent services to our clients.

12/16/2020

Double the presents, double the fun for children of divorce?
One mother's story.
https://colinfamilymediationgroup.com/double-the-presents-double-the-fun-the-truth-about-sharing-custody-during-the-holidays/

12/02/2020

Worth sharing!

11/26/2020
11/24/2020

Are you thriving? Just surviving?
The COVID pandemic has created a crisis in mental health as well as physical health. We all need to be taking care of each other, and of ourselves.

Are you thriving or just surviving? The COVID pandemic has created a concurrent crisis around mental health. We all need to be taking care of each other, but that includes ourselves. This is especially true for healthcare workers. This site from the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Resource Group offers information and resources to help address the anxiety and stress that can, if left unaddressed, deteriorate into crisis. https://cohcwcovidsupport.org/

11/24/2020

If you are alone this Thanksgiving, here are some suggestions:
• Invite someone you know will also be alone to share Thanksgiving dinner via Zoom. Talk about the dishes you’ve made for each course and why you included them on your Thanksgiving menu.
• Experiment with new recipes. If they are a success, take a pic and display on social media;
• Schedule a zoom meal with friends on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or during the weekend following Thanksgiving. Make that your “holiday celebration”;
• Make a list of people you’ve been thinking about and call them to say, “have a lovely day”;
• Dive into a project that you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had time to tackle;
• Go through photo albums, diaries and calendars and relive Thanksgivings past when you celebrated with friends and family;
• Take a walk by yourself or go for a ride. Or, ask a friend or neighbor to join you on a socially distanced stroll;
• Write a note to people you are thankful are in your life. Or, reach out to them by phone, e-mail, or text;
• Curl up in your favorite chair and become absorbed in a book you’ve been wanting to read;
• Begin a journal or add to one you already have;
• Consider starting work on a memoir, emphasizing gratitude and the things in your life for which you are thankful;
• Attend a virtual religious service;
• Get tickets to an online play, musical, performance or concert during the weekend after Thanksgiving;
• Offer to take care of a pet for a friend or neighbor who will be out of town over Thanksgiving;
• Plan ahead to cook a special holiday dish or entire meal. Or, place an order for Thanksgiving treats from a restaurant or grocery store. Set the table with your favorite dishes;
• Gather up some brightly colored gourds, autumn leaves, or your household treasures to use as a centerpiece — and dress up in your holiday best;
• Ignore the holiday and view it as just another day. Stick to your usual routine and chill.
Credit for this list of suggestions goes to Elder Law Attorney Evan Farr.

11/17/2020

Sharing the Love, and the Holidays, With Your Ex
by Dr. Ed Farber
A link to the article is in the comments below.

cnn.com 10/20/2020

How parents shape their children's mental health

How can a parent protect her kids from her own anxiety and depression? This article makes some recommendations.

cnn.com We know parents' behavior influences children's mental health, a scary thought in pandemic times. The good news is that kids don't need us to be pillars of strength. What matters more than how unsettled we feel is how we deal with these unsettling feelings.

youtube.com 10/18/2020

Advice For Living Separately But Together

Do you know people who want to separate but are trapped together in one home? This 10-minute video may help them.

youtube.com In this presentation, based on a chapter in "Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic," professional family mediator Virginia Coli...

Our Story

Relationships can be challenging. Families sometimes have problems. Professional Family Mediators can help.

Is there a lot of conflict, anger, or pain in your family? Are you contemplating separation or divorce? Through mediation, where discussions are private and confidential, we help people talk with each other constructively to develop agreements about how the members of the family can move forward. With this peace-building approach, most of our clients are able to stay out of court. They avoid a lot of stress, emotional damage, and financial damage. They build foundations for secure, healthy lives.

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Products

co-parenting agreements, separation agreements (custody, visitiation, spousal support, child support), divorce agreements (all of the above plus property distribution), post-divorce addendums to agreements, post-nuptial agreements, elder care plans.

Telephone

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4031 University Drive, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA
22152

General information

marriage mediation, separation, divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, reconciliation agreements, family mediation, co-parenting plans. For separation or divorce, start with Dr. Colin's book The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia, $4.99 from Amazon.com.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 9pm
Sunday 1pm - 9pm
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