Kales & Kales, PLC

Kales & Kales, PLC

Kales & Kales are experienced Fairfax, VA. divorce mediators and collaborative divorce lawyers. We are guided by the principles that divorcing couples do not have to be financially and emotionally ruined to reach settlement, that court should be an option of last resort, and that the impact of divorce on children can be lessened with an atmosphere of respect and civility.

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Meet Our Fairfax Divorce Mediation Lawyers - Kales & Kales 09/23/2022

Meet Our Fairfax Divorce Mediation Lawyers - Kales & Kales

Kales & Kales is proud to announce Northern Virginia Magazine has named Jonathan Kales a 2022 "Top Lawyer" for his work in divorce mediation.

In addition to the Northern Virginia Magazine recognition, Mr. Kales has earned numerous awards and honors as a leading Northern Virginia collaborative family attorney and divorce mediator. More information about Mr. Kales and a vintage photograph can be found in his profile on this website. https://www.kaleslaw.com/attorney-profiles/

Meet Our Fairfax Divorce Mediation Lawyers - Kales & Kales Meet the best divorce mediators in Northern Virginia, the attorney team of Jonathan and Amy Kales. Contact us today to learn more.

09/15/2022

WHEN DIVORCE MEDIATION IS NOT AN OPTION

Many couples opt for divorce mediation in Northern Virginia as a cheaper, more collaborative approach to divorce, and a joint endeavor in which they seek a written divorce settlement agreement. However, there are times when divorce mediation is not recommended.

If you are questioning whether mediation is right for you, you should consider if your marriage has any of the following:

1. Violence and Abuse Occurred in the Marriage
2. Your Spouse Does Not Want the Divorce
3. The Marriage Has a Power Imbalance
4. Emotions Are Highly Charged
5. You Don’t Know Your Spouse’s Financial Situation
6. Either Spouse Thinks Mediation Is Waste Of Time Or Resources

LEARN MORE: https://www.kaleslaw.com/when-divorce-mediation-is-not-an-option/

08/15/2022

Couples approaching a divorce often do so expecting emotional turmoil and costly expenses. However, choosing to participate in divorce mediation in Northern Virginia can reduce the emotional toll of divorce on both parties and reduce costs.

• What Is Divorce Mediation?
• What Does Divorce Mediation Entail?
• When Should You Consider Divorce Mediation?
• Should You Have Your Attorney During Mediation?
• What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?
• Will Divorce Mediation Work for You?

LEARN MORE: https://www.kaleslaw.com/divorce-mediation-in-northern-virginia-will-it-work-for-you/

05/31/2022

Jonathan Kales has been selected to the 2022 Virginia Super Lawyers list for excellence in the practice of divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.

Virginia Super Lawyers are selected as part of a multistep nomination and research process that incorporates a statewide nomination survey, independent evaluation utilizing a 12 point indicator system, and peer review. The published Super Lawyers list represents only the top 5 percent of eligible attorneys in Virginia.

Kales & Kales is proud to recognize Mr. Kales, who continues to represent the knowledge, skill and leadership that has consistently served to distinguish our law firm.

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Jeffrey Feldman 03/02/2022

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Jeffrey Feldman

Kales & Kales Mediation Client: "Jonathan and Amy Kales did an outstanding job providing collaborative divorce mediation services to me and my spouse. Prior to hiring Kales & Kales, Jonathan spent a significant amount of time with me on the phone to explain the mediation process and address my questions/concerns, which demonstrated from Day 1 their commitment to providing excellent service. During the mediation discussions, Jonathan and Amy were very prepared, thorough, patient, and understanding and were a pleasure to work with. They drafted a very clear and thorough divorce settlement agreement that included several items that we had not previously thought to include. The agreement was so well written that it required minimal edits when it was reviewed by our individual attorneys. Throughout the process, Jonathan and Amy were up front and clear on their processes and fees which was also greatly appreciated. For anyone who is in the unfortunate situation of undergoing a divorce, I cannot recommend Kales & Kales enough as divorce mediators in the Northern Virginia area."

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Jeffrey Feldman ★★★★★ "Jonathan and Amy Kales did an outstanding job providing collaborative divorce mediation services to me and my spouse. Prior to hiring Kales & Kales, Jonathan spent a significant amount of time with me on the phone to explain the mediation process and address my questions/concerns, w...

03/02/2022

How Long Do You Have to be Separated for Divorce in Virginia?

In Virginia, a no-fault divorce will only be granted if the individuals have been separated for the required statutory period before coming to court. How long the separation period must last depends on whether there is a marital settlement agreement in place and if the individuals have children who are under the age of 18.

Individuals with children under the age of 18 must separate for at least 12 months.

Individuals without children under the age of 18 can divorce after as little as a 6-month separation if they have a marital settlement agreement in place.

With that, understanding what qualifies as a separation and ensuring a marital settlement agreement is in place are paramount to simplifying the divorce process.

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/how-long-do-you-have-to-be-separated-for-divorce-in-virginia/

01/07/2022

The Positive Effects of Divorce on Children

As a parent, you want the best for your child — and you might be wondering whether staying together or getting divorced is the best option for your family. In making that decision, do not forget to consider that the effects of divorce on children are not always negative. Here are five of the most important lessons that children learn when their parents get divorced.

1. Children are exposed to less conflict and aggression when their parents Divorce.

2. Children can learn healthy communication skills from their divorced parents.

3. Children have more opportunities for one-on-one time with their parents after divorce.

4. Children’s mental health benefits when their parents are happier and less stressed.

5. Children develop resilience after living through parental divorce.

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/the-positive-effects-of-divorce-on-children/?fbclid=IwAR17JlXJjiUj7hpuGciXSerKrvV7DAmhqlHeWK4O0_exuCqz5gNNKwdgkLw

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Sameer Bhide 12/29/2021

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Sameer Bhide

Kales & Kales Collaborative Divorce Client: "As hard as divorce is, Jonathan was very helpful in helping me navigate the proceedings in a collaborative setting. As a lawyer, Jonathan is very professional, trustworthy, calm and rational. And he is a wonderful human being. He is compassionate, kind, considerate and understands the pain and anxiety his clients go through."

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Sameer Bhide ★★★★★ "As hard as the divorce is, Jonathan was very helpful in helping me navigate the proceedings in a collaborative setting. As a lawyer, Jonathan is very professional, trustworthy, calm and rational. And he is a wonderful human being. He is compassionate, kind, considerate and understan...

12/27/2021

Kales & Kales is proud to announce Virginia Business Magazine has named Jonathan Kales a 2021 member of Virginia’s Legal Elite for his work in alternative dispute resolution, which focuses on divorce mediation and collaborative divorce.

In addition to the Virginia Business Magazine recognition, Mr. Kales has earned numerous awards and honors as a leading Northern Virginia family attorney and divorce mediator.

Divorce Mediators | Family Law Mediation| Fairfax, Virginia 12/27/2021

Divorce Mediators | Family Law Mediation| Fairfax, Virginia

Northern Virginia divorce mediation lawyers, Jonathan and Amy Kales, continue to offer our services online via Zoom, which we have found to be very successful as we have weaved our way through the coronavirus pandemic.

However, due to the surge of the highly contagious Omicron Covid-19 variant, we are pausing in-person mediation sessions for the time being. We hope to resume in-person divorce mediation services shortly at our Arlington, Tysons Corner, and Fairfax, Va. offices for those searching for a "divorce mediator near me".

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/family-law-services/fairfax-va-divorce-mediators/

Divorce Mediators | Family Law Mediation| Fairfax, Virginia Experienced Northern Virginia divorce mediators and attorneys. Get an uncontested divorce in Virginia. Pay for family mediation services at the end of each mediation session.

11/19/2021

Who Pays for Mediation in A Divorce?

More often than not spouses divide divorce mediation fees equally (50/50), paid from current incomes or marital funds. However, it does vary from case to case. For instance, particularly when there’s a significant disparity in the incomes of the spouses, it’s not uncommon for fees to be split in proportion to incomes.

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/family-law-services/fairfax-va-divorce-mediators/

11/09/2021

Spousal Support and Alimony in Virginia

Aside from the emotional fallout, divorce is complicated. This is mostly due to all of the legal and financial issues that surface when a married couple splits. If you are going through a divorce, this also means you and your spouse will inevitably have a lot of questions.

For example, you may be wonder if you have a spousal support case. If spousal support is an option, how long should it last? How do we determine an equitable spousal support amount? These are some of the questions Kales & Kales, PLC can help you answer. Because spousal support is often a point of contention for a divorcing couple we are well aware how important it is to answer these questions fully and honestly. After all, disagreements over both its amount and duration can sometimes result in an ugly dispute if left unchecked.

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/family-law-services/spousal-support-alimony/

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Dave Eccard 10/22/2021

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Dave Eccard

The latest review for our divorce meditation services:

"While no one wants to go through a divorce, Jonathan and Amy Kales were exceptional. They did a great job explaining various options for each area of the mediation agreement and were also willing to create new solutions based on our unique needs and desires. They did not take a one size fits all approach like others, they truly got to know myself and my former partner and worked to help us find a positive resolution to an unfortunate situation.

When difficult issues came up they provided excellent guidance and structure to help us work through them and resolve them in a way that both myself and my former partner were satisfied.

Overall they are just generally nice, kind people who are there to guide you through a difficult process. I hope I don't need their services again but if I ever find myself needing a mediator they will be my first choice by far."

Google review of Kales & Kales, PLC: Divorce Mediation Lawyers by Dave Eccard ★★★★★ "While no one wants to go through a divorce, Johnathon and Amy Kales were exceptional. They did a great job explaining various options for each area of the mediation agreement and were also willing to create new solutions based on our unique needs and desires. They did not take a one...

Kales & Kales - Fairfax Va. Divorce Mediation | Mediators 10/18/2021

Kales & Kales - Fairfax Va. Divorce Mediation | Mediators

How Long Does A Mediated Divorce Take in Northern Virginia?

On average, mediation lasts 1 or 2 two to three-hour sessions if you don’t have minor children and 2 or 3 sessions if you do. Typically, these sessions are spread over anywhere from a couple of weeks to about a month. However, the number of meetings for your particular case will hinge on several factors, including its complexity, details, and emotionality, and the willingness of both spouses to compromise.

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/family-law-services/fairfax-va-divorce-mediators/

Kales & Kales - Fairfax Va. Divorce Mediation | Mediators Hiring an Experienced Northern Divorce Mediation Attorney may be a great choice for you. Faster, Cheaper + Less Painful. Call Kales & Kales.

10/08/2021

What Happens After Divorce Mediation?

If both spouses hire attorneys, the following is a summary of the court process after divorce mediation:

1. The plaintiff’s attorney will prepare and, with the plaintiff’s approval, file a Complaint for Divorce with the court. At this time, the plaintiff’s attorney will also prepare and file a VS-4 Form.

2. The defendant’s attorney will prepare an Answer and, with the defendant’s approval, file it with the court.

3. The plaintiff’s attorney will prepare an Affidavit for the plaintiff to sign before a notary.

4. The plaintiff’s attorney will prepare and, with the plaintiff’s approval, forward a Final Order of Divorce to the defendant’s attorney for the review of the defendant’s attorney and the defendant.

5. Assuming the defendant’s attorney and the defendant approve of the Final Order of Divorce, the defendant’s attorney and the plaintiff’s attorney will sign the Final Order and mail it to the court for entry (i.e., a judge’s signature), along with the Affidavit and an original copy of your mediated agreement.

LEARN MORE. https://www.kaleslaw.com/family-law-services/fairfax-va-divorce-mediators/

Our Story

Kales & Kales is a family law practice dedicated to helping clients reach divorce settlements. Some of these resolutions are reached via Divorce Mediation or the Collaborative Process. Others are reached via traditional, attorney-to-attorney negotiations. Still others are reached via our flat fee, uncontested divorce program. After practicing family law for years and concluding litigation serves divorcing spouses poorly, making already difficult situations harder and more painful, we strive to provide our clients with the support necessary to reach the best resolutions for themselves and their families, compassionately, individually, holistically, and efficiently.

Kales & Kales, PLC was founded in 2004 by the husband and wife legal team of Jonathan and Amy Kales, settlement oriented, highly experienced family law attorneys who are committed to achieving optimal results for their clients. Both Jonathan and Amy are Northern Virginia natives, where they live with their 3 children, Jack, Noah, and Lily, and are active in and love their community. Recently, Jonathan was named a member of Virginia's Legal Elite in the area of alternative dispute resolution by Virginia Business Magazine and to the Virginia Super Lawyers list for his work in family law.

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Fairfax, VA
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