Rachel L. Virk PC

Rachel L. Virk PC Either work it out with your X2B to create your new two-home family through Mediation or Collaboration, or fight it out through Litigation or Negotiation.

Rachel L. Virk, P.C. drafts Prenuptial Agreements, handles simple divorce cases involving negotiated Property Settlement Agreements, and complex cases involving the litigation of custody and visitation, spousal and child support, Prenuptial Agreements, and the equitable distribution of marital debt and marital assets including business and professional practices, stock options, and government and military benefits.

Fear is probably the strongest feeling being experienced by new clients coming to see me for an Initial Consultation. Fe...
03/05/2019

Fear is probably the strongest feeling being experienced by new clients coming to see me for an Initial Consultation. Fear of losing time with their children, fear of losing financial security, fear of losing stable housing, fear of losing social standing, and more.

My goal is that when a client leaves my office from an Initial Consultation, they feel HOPE for the new life we will work to create, because it DOES get better.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

01/04/2019
SHOULD I WORK IT OUT, OR FIGHT IT OUT? Once you are informed as to your options, and as to whether or not your goals are...
12/14/2018

SHOULD I WORK IT OUT, OR FIGHT IT OUT?

Once you are informed as to your options, and as to whether or not your goals are realistic, it is time to Make a Plan. Your own plan. Do not just react to how your spouse treats you on a day-to-day basis, or let him or her dictate the shape of your new life. Emotional roller coasters are no fun to ride.

If you want to give a huge amount of your hard-earned money to lawyers, and if you want to create possible difficulties for yourself in court, you may want to or you may need to implement a nuclear, high conflict plan.

But if you and your spouse can work together, another option would be to discuss the possibility of mediation, or collaborative divorce, where each of you, with your own attorneys, can protect your individual interests, and resolve all of the issues regarding the dissolution of your marriage without either one of you making threats, or trying to grab more of the marbles.

No matter which plan you think may be best, be sure to get input from at least one attorney, before you start skipping down a road which may lead you right off a cliff. The direction in which you initially head will play a huge part in where you will eventually wind up.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?You approach the dissolution of your marriage in a creative, problem-solving way, not in...
12/14/2018

WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?

You approach the dissolution of your marriage in a creative, problem-solving way, not in a combative way. No one is trying to grab all of the marbles; you are simply working it all out. If you can’t, you have to go get new lawyers to do the combative lawyer thing, but if you do work it out, your lawyers can complete the divorce in court.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

MEDIATION MAY BE AN OPTIONNot everyone hates each other just because they are getting a divorce. If you and your spouse ...
12/11/2018

MEDIATION MAY BE AN OPTION

Not everyone hates each other just because they are getting a divorce.

If you and your spouse can fairly communicate with each other, and would rather your money go to your own family and not to your lawyers’ law offices, you may want to consider mediation. If you can work it out, it will work for both of you.


Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

DO WE NEED A LAWYER TO PREPARE OUR DIVORCE AGREEMENT?Yes.  Yes. You need a lawyer to prepare your Agreement.   You need ...
12/11/2018

DO WE NEED A LAWYER TO PREPARE OUR DIVORCE AGREEMENT?

Yes.

Yes.

You need a lawyer to prepare your Agreement.

You need a lawyer to prepare your Agreement.

You need a lawyer to prepare your Agreement.

And if your spouse’s attorney has prepared the Agreement, you need your own lawyer to review that Agreement for you, and to inform you of all the important little omissions and phrases which will certainly need to be added and corrected in order to protect you. You are not a lawyer. You will not even have realized or know what words should have been included to protect your interests but weren’t, no matter how smart you are. The smart thing to do is to pay someone in the beginning to make sure you don’t pay even more in the end.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

I’M HEADING FOR A DIVORCE - WHERE DO I START? First, you need to see a lawyer. Your friend or sibling who went through...
12/10/2018

I’M HEADING FOR A DIVORCE - WHERE DO I START?

First, you need to see a lawyer. Your friend or sibling who went through a divorce, your uncle who is a non-family law attorney in another state, your friend or family member who worked or works in a law office, your hairdresser, your mechanic, and your colleague, are not the best sources for information.

The settlement you will sign off on, or the Court Order you will obtain through litigation, will probably be the most important legal document to affect your life. You will be making on your own, or receiving from a judge, decisions as to your children, your retirement, your house, child support, alimony, and debt. Make sure you do it right, whether through litigation or settlement with attorneys, or through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or collaboration.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

The “my lawyer can beat up your lawyer” mentality caters to a mistaken belief that your lawyer is somehow a weapon y...
12/07/2018

The “my lawyer can beat up your lawyer” mentality caters to a mistaken belief that your lawyer is somehow a weapon you can unleash for your personal use. The reality is that most family law attorneys go to the same bar association functions, go to the same continuing legal education classes, have many cases with each other over the years, and may even be friends. However, we will still fight the fight and try to win. We may even get ugly with each other and file cross motions for sanctions, but it’s not our battle – it’s yours. It’s competition to us to see who prevails, but it’s your life. When it’s all over, we lawyers will go get a cup of coffee together, congratulate the good work the other did, and refer future cases to each other. We do care about you, your life, and your children, and truly do want to help you, but when your case is over, we lawyers go back to our offices and begin to prepare the next case. And your Invoice for Professional Services Rendered.

Try to keep your family funds in your family, not in the accounts of the Law Offices.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

SOMETIMES THE LAW DOES NOT SEE THINGS THE WAY YOU WANT.    You may not like hearing that if your husband of thirty years...
12/05/2018

SOMETIMES THE LAW DOES NOT SEE THINGS THE WAY YOU WANT.

You may not like hearing that if your husband of thirty years, who is at the height of his earning potential, has left you for another woman, or for another man, the judge may consider that betrayal to be largely irrelevant to your requests for spousal support, and for the division of property, under state law. You may spend a whole lot of money on private investigator fees and on attorney’s fees, simply to obtain a piece of paper legally stating for the public record that your spouse found someone he would rather sleep with than you.

You may also not want to hear that if your spouse walks out on you, a good and dutiful spouse, for no just cause or excuse, she is still likely to get half of everything, and that to pursue a desertion divorce, you may simply spend a lot of money to buy a piece of paper legally announcing for the public record that your spouse got tired of you before you got tired of her. It’s important to see a seasoned attorney to know what your rights are, and what they are not!

Being all caught up in the ugliness, how do I get in a mindset to think of being the better, or simply a good, person?  ...
12/05/2018

Being all caught up in the ugliness, how do I get in a mindset to think of being the better, or simply a good, person?

Would you act any differently if you felt your mother were watching you? Or some other person you greatly admire? If that person was actually sitting right next to you in the courtroom, seeing you testify and make your requests to the Judge? If you are mediating, pull up an empty chair. If your child were sitting there watching the process, what would you be asking for, or fighting for? Are you bad-mouthing your spouse to your children? Using your children as messengers or as spies? Telling them about all the court and legal proceedings? Putting your wishes before their needs?

Do what you feel is right. Do what you can live with for the rest of your life. Do what you can be happy with when you look at yourself in the mirror every day. Do what you wouldn’t mind seeing on your headstone, or in print for the public, about your actions. Do what you feel is the right thing to have done through the eyes of your children.

When you look right into their eyes and see how you and your actions are reflected, are you pleased with yourself? You can be a wonderful and memorable example for your children, to others, and to yourself, if you act smartly, firmly, and graciously in the midst of the turmoil.

DOESN'T THE ENDING OF MY MARRIAGE MEAN IT ALL MEANT NOTHING?    Understand that although your marriage is ending, you ha...
12/05/2018

DOESN'T THE ENDING OF MY MARRIAGE MEAN IT ALL MEANT NOTHING?

Understand that although your marriage is ending, you have every right to hold on to the memories of the good times and of the good years. They were good, and nothing can take that away. It is not that parts of you are being torn away or destroyed, but rather the divorce experience, and the self-knowledge you gain, will help to define and develop the whole person you are becoming.

Life is a journey and divorce is a pothole. Divorce should be an event in your life, but should not define who you are. Your divorce will provide you with an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth. Take that opportunity to grow!

THE DIVORCE PROCESS CAN BRING OUT THE BEST OR THE WORST IN BOTH YOU AND YOUR X2B          Try saying some of the followi...
12/05/2018

THE DIVORCE PROCESS CAN BRING OUT THE BEST OR THE WORST IN BOTH YOU AND YOUR X2B

Try saying some of the following out loud:

1. If it really means that much to her, she can have it.

2. I know my children like his new girlfriend, and she will be their stepmother. I will be happy my daughter has a step-mom at her father’s house to do her hair.

3. I know the baby is innocent in all this, and will be a half-brother to our children. I will welcome him into the family.

4. I know our child is better off with him, so I won’t contest custody.

5. I know she and the kids will be better off if they move away, and in with her parents for a few years, while she finishes her degree.

6. She’s happier with him, and I wish her well.

7. He worked for it and put his life on the line, so I won’t ask for any of the pension.

8. Our son will probably want to live with him in a few years. I’ll let him.

9. We’ve agreed to name each other as trustee in our estate plans, because we trust each other, and each of us knows the kids better than anyone else.

10. We’ll work out those issues regarding the kids the same way we did before the separation.

11. If she needs to move down there where the cost of living isn’t so high, I’ll look for a place down there too, so I can stay involved in my children’s lives.

12. She’ll never be their mom. You are.

13. I’ve told the children to be nice to her, and to listen to her.

14. Her fiancé can pick the children up from daycare on his way back from work, since he gets off earliest.

15. I want to do what’s right.

16. I’m sorry.

The “issues” are real. The pain is real. So is the opportunity to be the best person you can, and to be the best parent you can. Say the above out loud until you no longer choke on the words. Then try saying them to your attorney or to your X2B.

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12/03/2018

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You may need to journey down the warpath to stand up for what you must. Or if you and your X2B don’t hate each other j...
12/03/2018

You may need to journey down the warpath to stand up for what you must.

Or if you and your X2B don’t hate each other just because you are getting a divorce, you may work together to custom design your new, separate lives, or your new two-home family.

Whichever path you take, whether you work it out or fight it out, this book will guide you on your travels, and will point out for you what you need to think about and look at along the way.

If you need information to help you exercise some measure of control in shaping your new future, and to control the costs, you need to read The Four Ways of Divorce.

The back of the book contains a chart for the easy comparison of the litigation, negotiation, collaboration and mediation processes, along with many helpful financial worksheets.

Readers will also find an extremely useful General List of Topics to be Resolved.

For information to help shape your new future, and to control the costs, The Four Ways of Divorce is a must-read.

Available on Amazon.

Sometimes it's a good idea to have a Prenuptial Agreement. Sometimes not. This is a very delicate process - you're actua...
12/03/2018

Sometimes it's a good idea to have a Prenuptial Agreement. Sometimes not. This is a very delicate process - you're actually sort of negotiating a divorce just before your marriage. Make sure you work with a seasoned, experienced attorney like Rachel Virk.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

No charge for the first half hour of the initial one-hour individual consultation.Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigatio...
12/03/2018

No charge for the first half hour of the initial one-hour individual consultation.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

The first step through this door is the first step on the path of your New Life Plan.Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litiga...
12/03/2018

The first step through this door is the first step on the path of your New Life Plan.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Rachel L. Virk, author of The Four Ways of Divorce, has been a family law litigator since 1989, a Certified Mediator sin...
12/03/2018

Rachel L. Virk, author of The Four Ways of Divorce, has been a family law litigator since 1989, a Certified Mediator since 2001, and a trained Collaborative Law Practitioner since 2005. She has been continuously Certified by the Virginia Supreme Court at the highest Family level since 2003.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

The wording in this Certificate from 1990 says it all.Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation
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The wording in this Certificate from 1990 says it all.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

The Settlement Agreement you will sign after Negotiation will likely be the most important document you will ever sign. ...
12/03/2018

The Settlement Agreement you will sign after Negotiation will likely be the most important document you will ever sign. Rachel Virk will give your unique situation the utmost personal attention.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Rachel L. Virk, PC, is a Professional Corporation.
12/03/2018

Rachel L. Virk, PC, is a Professional Corporation.

Not everyone hates each other just because they are getting a divorce. Litigation is an old-fashioned and expensive way ...
12/03/2018

Not everyone hates each other just because they are getting a divorce. Litigation is an old-fashioned and expensive way to resolve disputes. You and your X2B know better how to restructure your two-home family than a judge could ever know.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Rachel Virk has been continuously Certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a Mediator since 2001, and has conducted hu...
12/03/2018

Rachel Virk has been continuously Certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a Mediator since 2001, and has conducted hundreds of mediations.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Rachel Virk has received numerous recognitions by both her clients and peers as a quality provider of legal services in ...
12/03/2018

Rachel Virk has received numerous recognitions by both her clients and peers as a quality provider of legal services in the field of Family Law.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Rachel is the author of The Four Ways of Divorce, available on Amazon. The information in this book will help get you st...
12/03/2018

Rachel is the author of The Four Ways of Divorce, available on Amazon. The information in this book will help get you started, and will save you money.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Litigation is an old-fashioned and expensive way to resolve a family dispute. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) metho...
12/03/2018

Litigation is an old-fashioned and expensive way to resolve a family dispute. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods such as Mediation, Collaboration, Arbitration and/or Negotiation may be options. Or may not. With Rachel Virk you will explore all the possible ways to work towards the creation of your New Life Plan.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

The firm handles child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution of property and debt, the prepara...
12/03/2018

The firm handles child custody, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution of property and debt, the preparation of separation agreements, uncontested no-fault divorce, contested and fault divorce, military divorce, retirement issues, and high asset divorces involving business and professional practices. We also prepare Prenuptial Agreements.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

As you walk down the hallway to Rachel's office, you might even realize that sometimes divorce can actually be liberatin...
12/03/2018

As you walk down the hallway to Rachel's office, you might even realize that sometimes divorce can actually be liberating . . . .

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

Whether you and your X2B can sit down and work it out through Mediation or Collaboration, or if you need to fight it out...
12/03/2018

Whether you and your X2B can sit down and work it out through Mediation or Collaboration, or if you need to fight it out through Negotiation or Court Litigation to protect your children or future financial security, Rachel L. Virk provides quality representation.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

You and your X2B can either sit at this table to Work It Out through a tough all-day 4way Negotiation, by an amicable Me...
12/03/2018

You and your X2B can either sit at this table to Work It Out through a tough all-day 4way Negotiation, by an amicable Mediation, or in a non-adversarial Collaborative case, to create your new Two Home Family. Or you can go to court to Fight It Out to protect your safety, your children, your professional practice or business, or your future financial security.

Rachel L. Virk, PC - Divorce Litigation and Mediation

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Rachel L. Virk has been a practicing Family Law Attorney in Northern Virginia since 1990.

Ms. Virk earned her initial Certification as a Mediator by the Judicial Council of Virginia in 2001, and has been continuously certified and mediating since. She is Certified to mediate at the highest Circuit Court Family level.

Ms. Virk completed her training as a Collaborative Law Practitioner in 2005.

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