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Office Location:  Manassas, Virginia

Ronald Robinson


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Lieutenant Robinson, U.S. Navy Flight Instructor, 1992

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My Philosophy

    In addition to questions such as: How long have you been practicing?  Do you specialize in family law? What is your hourly rate? What is your required deposit?  I find that most people also want to know a little about a lawyer's background and philosophy.  Here's the short version of my story.

    First, a definition.  "Divorce lawyer" is just the term that most people use for an attorney who handles family law issues such as custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, divorce, etc.  With that said, I've never meet anyone who wanted to grow up to be a divorce lawyer.  I didn't.  So why would a Navy pilot become a divorce lawyer? Why would anyone become a divorce lawyer?  One thing is certain for me, it wasn't planned.  My path to divorce and family law began with a desire to leave active duty military service, go to law school, and start my own business.  When I launched my law practice in 1999, I handled a wide variety of cases in both state and federal court.  Within a few years, I discovered that I had a special talent and fondness for family law problems.  Part of that talent stems from a few of my personal characteristics: thick skin, blunt honesty, a desire to help people solve their problems, and an ability to handle high levels of emotion and conflict.  Before I knew it, most of my cases were in the area of divorce and family law.  Well, talent is one thing, but I actually love my profession.  How did I come to embrace and actually love my job? Mainly because I don't see myself as a "traditional" divorce lawyer.  Allow me to explain.

    I'll bet you don't know anyone who got married but hoped for a divorce.  Neither do I.  Unfortunately, about half of all marriages end in divorce.  Divorce is a fact of life for many families.  Divorce is also destructive and costly in a variety of ways, especially if children are involved.  In short, divorce is a disaster.  And it's a disaster whether you're "at fault," an "innocent spouse," or somewhere in between.  I don't leap out of bed in the morning to help a person get divorced.  I leap out of bed in the morning to help a person get through a disaster. And I help them get through the disaster in the shortest, most cost-effective way that protects their interests and meets their personal objectives.  Sometimes that means a quick negotiated settlement.  Sometimes it means long, hard, expensive litigation and trial.  Often it's something between those two ends of the divorce spectrum.  Whichever it is, divorce is a disaster and I'm a disaster relief expert.  That's how I grew to love my job and why I do it with passion.  Instead of flying a Navy helicopter to defend people or provide relief, I now use the law and evidence.

    That's the short version of my philosophy and how I view my job.  I love helping people, I love being a divorce disaster expert, and I love my clients.


Ronald Robinson


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