Why Getting a Lawyer Should Be the LAST Thing You Do in Divorce (Not the First!)

December 2, 2014
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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Do you hate your divorce lawyer as much as you hate your spouse? Sadly, many people do, partly because they chose lawyers too soon, before they knew how complex divorce is. Jennifer Moheyer, heart-centered lawyer and founder of the National Divorce Support Alliance, the nation's largest divorce support organization, will describe the many aspects of your life that are involved in and affected by divorce. She will list many other kinds of professionals who may be more important than a lawyer as you begin to plan your separation and think about the terms of your separation agreement. The important thing, she says, is to consider multiple aspects of your life and develop a strategy for transforming your life in a positive way while you go through the processes of divorce.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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