Robin Graine, JD, CDFA

Robin Graine helps people get out of painful marriages. She owns one of Northern Virginia’s preeminent divorce mediation and coaching firms: Graine Mediation, LLC. Robin provides the light at the end of the tunnel — whether that is the repair of your marriage or the settlement of your divorce.

My Story – Helping People Deal with Bad Relationships and Divorce

When it looked like Robin’s marriage was at its end, she did everything in her power to save it.

Despite her best efforts, it became clear that divorce was going to be the ultimate plan.  Doing her best to focus on the nuts and bolts of custody, support, and asset distribution, and wanting desperately to get on her with her life, Robin got busy settling her case. 

Once the settlement was finalized,  and Robin knew where she stood financially, she used as much grit and determination as she had left to build a new life and career for herself and her children. 

The result? A great career, two-well-adjusted adult kids, and a happy life. 

Robin has been involved with families in distress for over 20 years as a divorce coach, mediator, lawyer, and certified divorce financial analyst. 

When Robin graduated from law school in 1989, she jumped right into helping families get through their traumas as a trial attorney specializing in child abuse and neglect. She then spent several years as a divorce lawyer specializing in financially complex cases. Robin was then appointed as a Circuit Court Hearing Officer in the Juvenile and Child Support Enforcement Divisions, City of Chicago. Robin was originally certified as a mediator in 1994 — well before most people had even heard of that profession.

When Robin’s two children were very young, she put her legal career on hold and became a full-time mom and a part-time fitness trainer.  That lasted about 10 years until her husband’s shocking news that he was leaving for somebody else.

Robin had to come up with a new plan for her life as a single mom. She had to figure out how to make money without completely upending the lives of her children (then in second and third grade). Since their dad traveled all the time, it was up to Robin to figure out how to integrate full-time parenting with a new career.

In 2009, Robin graduated as a Virginia State Certified Divorce Mediator. That same year she opened the doors to her mediation and coaching firm, Graine Mediation LLC. Robin has settled hundreds of divorce cases, as a mediator, without the drama and exorbitant expense of lawyer-driven courthouse divorces.

Robin is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. This training, which also includes four rigorous exams and a robust program of required continuing education, helps Robin better assist her clients with their financial and tax issues.

As a divorce coach, Robin will guide you through the hard work of finally figuring out “Should I stay married, or should I get a divorce?”

Let Robin help.

Why Choose Robin?

If you find yourself wondering, “is my marriage over?” I can help! I know that your confusion and fear over this issue is overwhelming. I have been there. I also have almost two decades of experience in the divorce business.

You need someone who has the skills to help you sort through your many questions and put structure into whether you should stay in your marraige or get divorced.

You may wonder:

  • Will I be able to support myself on my own?
  • How will my children cope if we split?
  • How will I reinvent myself after being married for so long?
  • What will happen to my home if my marriage is over?

When Robin Graine is your Pre-Divorce Coach, she will help you work through your questions and create well-reasoned options for how to move forward in your life.

Our Skills

After hearing hundreds of stories from her divorce clients about how they ended up in mediation, divorce coaching became a natural extension of her services. As a coach, Robin helps her clients sort through and make the vital choice on whether to stay and work on their marriage or pursue a divorce. As a mediator, she guides couples through the divorce settlement process in a low cost, highly efficient, and child-centric process.

Financial Security
Co Parenting
Dealing With Emotions
Social Changes

Is My Marriage Over?

If you are feeling anxious by all the issues running through your mind, give Robin Graine’s Pre-Divorce Coaching service a try. She is here to meet your unique needs at this critical time in your life.
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Robin Graine As A Leader

  • Featured Speaker – Second Saturday – Reston, VA. A monthly divorce workshop that provides information about divorce from experienced divorce professionals. (December 2019)
  • Interviewed on Commitments Podcast with Ken & Leslie “How Can You Avoid Divorce?” (July 2019)
  • Interviewed on Hitched Podcast “Ask a Divorce Mediator: How Can You Avoid Divorce?” (May 2019)
  • Featured Speaker – Northern Virginia Women’s CPA Group – Alexandria, VA “Divorce & the TCJA: What Clients Need To Know” (Sept. 21, 2018)
  • Interviewed on Impact Makers Radio “Let’s Talk Divorce Series” – The Impact of the New Tax Code on Divorce” (January 2018)
  • Former Vice Chair and current Member of the Fairfax Bar Association’s Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Co-founder and lead member of Mediator Referral Service Task Force.
  • Featured Speaker – FAMlaw Seminar – Fairfax, VA. “Divorce Mediation: The Importance of Mediation as a Settlement Option”. (May 13, 2014)
  • Featured Speaker – Virginia Mediation Network – The University of Richmond Law School. “Tapping into the Emotions that Best Serve the Realistic Goals of Divorcing Parties and their Children” (Spring Conference 2012)
  • Resource for Montgomery County Peer Mediation Program – Trainer Appointee to the Program
  • Mediation Judge – Law School Competition at University of Richmond (Spring 2011).

Robin Graine’s team

Time to meet the rare and special blend of professionals on our team. Let us help you make the right decision.

Robin Graine, JD, CDFA Owner

For almost two decades, Robin has helped hundreds of clients overcome their fears, solve tough issues, and make good decisions on whether to stay married or get divorced. Robin is a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Divorce Mediator, a nationally Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, a former divorce and family court attorney, and a circuit court-appointed hearing officer.

Diane Pantastico

Diane Pantastico, an entrepreneur with a history of working in the digital marketing industry, works with Graine Mediation as a virtual assistant. She loves to help small to mid-size businesses to empower their purpose through design and strategy. She’s also a photographer and a disc jockey in the Philippines. Studied Information Technology at the University

Genevieve Munch

Genevieve Munch does photography and videography services for Graine Mediation. She is currently developing her multimedia and writing-oriented freelance business. As an avid painter herself, she hopes to help other artists market themselves through her services. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2020 where she studied Creative Technologies and Art History. Throughout her time there,

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