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 has been named as one of the Ten Leaders in Collaborative Divorce Law in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area by The Ten Leaders Cooperative.
- Starting in 2013, Mr. Kales has been named a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite every year in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Virginia Business Magazine, in cooperation with the Virginia Bar Association; in each of these years, he was one of only a few Fairfax, Va. divorce lawyers to receive this honor.
- Mr. Kales has been named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list every year since 2014, a distinction awarded to no more than 5% of Virginia attorneys, and has been honored as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Virginia by Super Lawyers.
- Starting in 2017, Mr. Kales has been named to Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Lawyers list every year in the Mediator and/or Divorce and Family law categories.
- Mr. Kales has a superb rating from Avvo, which is reserved for attorneys Avvo views as the best in the legal field, and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by Avvo in 2022.
- In 2019, Mr. Kales was named a top attorney in the Family Law Category by Arlington Magazine
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.