Rachel L. Virk
Rachel L. Virk, PC

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46090 Lake Center Plaza, Suite 307
Sterling, VA 20165
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Description of Practice

" ~ If you are committed to resolving your divorce without litigation, but feel that mediation is too "neutral" and that you “want someone on your side,” you may want to do your divorce collaboratively."

If you retain Ms. Virk for collaborative representation, Ms. Virk will be in your corner as you, with your spouse and his or her attorney, all work towards an out of court settlement of your case.

Especially if you have children, you may find that through the collaborative process you and your spouse can gain insight into how to deal with some of the emotional dynamics affecting your family relationship. Through a series of four-way meetings, which may include the involvement of a neutral financial analyst and/or a neutral mental health specialist, we'll work with your spouse and his or her attorney to determine what will work best for you and your family.

Professional Background

Rachel L. Virk, is the author of "The Four Ways of Divorce: A Concise Guide to What you Need to Know about Divorce using Litigation, Negotiation, Collaboration and Mediation, So You Don't Pay More Than You Should" and has been in practice since 1989, litigating, negotiating, collaborating, and mediating divorce cases throughout Northern Virginia.

In addition, she is certified as a mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court at the Circuit Court Family level, and is a trained Collaborative Law Practitioner.

President of Rachel L. Virk, P.C., Ms. Virk has been a:

Member of the Virginia State Bar since 1989, and Family Law Section Member

Member of the Fairfax County Bar Association since 1990

Member of the Loudoun County Bar Association since 2000

Member of the Virginia Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee since 2005

Member of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia since 2005

Member of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals since 2007

Member of the Loudoun Collaborative Professionals since 2011

Experience

Continously Certified as a Mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court at the highest Family Court level since 2003, initially Certified in 2001.

Degrees

JD George Mason University School of Law, 1989; MS University of Miami, 1985; BS University of Miami, 1982.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2001 - 2016    Various    Various - 251.5 hrs. as of April 20, 2016

Approach

Call to set up an initial meeting with both you and your spouse to receive an explanation and overview of the Mediation Process. See how we can help you work through those difficult areas where you need help reaching agreement.

Through mediation you have the ability to craft creative solutions, and have the flexibility to try out different custody and visitation arrangements for limited periods of time before reaching a final binding resolution. Most mediations with Rachel L. Virk, P.C. are complete after approximately three sessions of approximately two hours each.

Whether your case involves the valuation of a professional practice or a business, an analysis of partially marital and partially separate vested and non-vested stock options, investment properties, military benefits, defined benefit and defined contribution retirement accounts, and/or all the important concerns regarding your children, mediation can work for you.

In fact, it can work better than giving control over your life to a Judge who will only see a snapshot in time of your situation, before making decisions which will profoundly and forever affect the rest of your and your family’s lives.

Other Information

Author of: The Four Ways of Divorce: A Concise Guide to What you Need to Know about Divorce using Litigation, Negotiation, Collaboration and Mediation So You Don't Pay More Than You Should.

The Reality of Divorce

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

When Is Collaboration the Most Appropriate Method of Dispute Resolution in Divorce, and Why Is It Beneficial to Collaborate? (Aspatore Books (PDF))

The Varying Roles of the Mental Health Professional as Pertaining to the Various Ways in Which Divorce Issues are Resolved. (Family Therapy Magazine, July-August, 2009)

Informative Mediation—A New Model for Tough Economic Times. (Family Law News, Fall, 2008)

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional

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