Teresa Cole has been practicing as a divorce attorney for more than 23 years handling complex divorce cases and family law matters. Based on her experience and proven track record, she has been appointed as a Neutral Case Evaluator for the 19th Judicial Circuit to evaluate cases and provide non-binding arbitration services for other divorce attorneys. In addition, Ms. Cole was appointed to the Divorce and Family Law Attorney Resource Panel as an adviser to state legislators in Virginia on family law issues.
Ms.Cole is an Alexandria, Virginia native, having graduated from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and the University of Virginia. She received her law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After practicing for a short period of time in California, Ms. Cole was recruited by the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. to develop training materials and seminars to educate judges and lawyers about new domestic violence and parental kidnapping laws. For several years following her association with the ABA, Ms. Cole served as Treasurer and Board Member for Services to Abused Families, Inc. (SAFE) and used her expertise in domestic violence laws to train local police departments and to help develop police protocol for when to make an arrest in a domestic violence case. Ms. Cole also mediated cases as a certified mediator in the Supreme Court of Virgnina’s court-referral mediation program in Loudoun and Prince William Counties. In addition to mediation, Ms. Cole is trained in Collaborative Divorce, and is the incoming 2017 Chair of the statewide collaborative divorce association, Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP).
Ms. Cole is married to a veteran of the Gulf War and often handles divorce cases involving government or military personnel on overseas assignments. She has mastered successful navigation of the applicable federal regulations in such cases and has a keen understanding of the complicated jurisdictional issues which sometimes arise in such cases. Cases involving alternative family arrangements are another area where Ms. Cole has gained significant experience over the years. In addition, two of Ms. Cole’s four children have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and she has first-hand experience with many of the Fairfax County programs and issues involving special needs children which can sometimes play a significant role in determining custody.