After practicing family law for years and concluding trials and court serve divorcing spouses poorly, making already difficult cases harder and more painful, Mr. Kales focuses his practice on helping his clients avoid litigation and to reach negotiated separation and divorce settlement agreements and prenuptial agreements. He wishes to provide his clients with the assistance needed to reach optimal solutions for themselves and their families, sympathetically, individually, and cost-effectively.
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For his work, Mr. Kales has received numerous honors:
Mr. Kales is a Fairfax County native, where he resides with his wife and law partner, Amy, their 3 children, Jack, Noah, and Lily, and their two beloved, floppy eared rescue dogs, Bea and Ruthie.
Positions Held: President and treasurer of the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (“CPNV”), CPNV’s representative to the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (“VaCP”), and a member of VaCP’s Council.
Practice Areas: Collaborative Divorce, divorce mediation, uncontested divorce, negotiations, premarital, postnuptial, and property settlement agreements, family law, equitable distribution of property (including division of pension benefits, such as military retirement benefits, stock options, and real estate), child support, alimony, child custody and visitation, parenting plans, custody relocation, support modification.
Membership: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, Fairfax Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.
Education: Bates College, B.A., 1994, University of Connecticut, J.D., 1998.
Certifications: Virginia Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
Seminars: Mr. Kales has spoken on a variety of family law topics throughout Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. This includes presentations on Collaborative Divorce to numerous Northern Virginia mental health counseling practices, on Virginia child custody, visitation, and child support law, as part of the New Beginnings Divorce 101 series, and on negotiating separation and property settlement agreements before audiences at the Vienna Women’s Center.
Ms. Kales is a seasoned, highly regarded Virginia family law attorney, who is committed to keeping divorcing clients out of court and particularly enjoys assisting individuals and families who are committed to resolving their legal issues collaboratively. She especially enjoys co-mediating divorces and other family law issues with her husband and law partner, Jonathan Kales, and is proud of her efforts in formulating, establishing and running the Kales & Kales uncontested divorce program, which provides an affordable, simple, and fast way for couples, who do not have any contested issues, to enter a Marital Settlement Agreement and divorce.
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Ms. Kales is a Northern Virginia native. She resides in Fairfax County with Jonathan and their children, Jack, Noah, and Lily, where she is a board member of her children’s elementary school PTA, is past co-chair of her children’s nursery school parent’s committee, and is actively involved in multiple other community and youth oriented committees and organizations.
Practice Areas: Divorce mediation, uncontested divorce, Collaborative Divorce, negotiations, postnuptial and property settlement agreements, family law, equitable distribution of property, child and spousal support, child custody and visitation, parenting plans.
Membership: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, Fairfax Bar Association.
Education: Mary Washington College, B.A., 1994, George Washington University, J.D., 2003
Honors: Notes Editor for the International Law Review of George Washington University, 2002-2003,
Publications: The Intercountry Adoption Act Of 2000: Are Its Laudable Goals Worth Its Potential Impact On Small Adoption Agencies, Independent Intercountry Adoptions, and Ethical Independent Adoption Professionals?