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Lucy Nichols
Lucy Nichols

Senior Mediator

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Lucy Nichols

Nichols Family Solutions is a family mediation practice offering a cost-effective alternative to expensive litigation. Lucy Nichols focuses her practice on working with families in conflict who have children. As an experienced family mediator, her goal is to help families make their own important parenting decisions. Lucy emphasizes the undeniable evidence that parental conflict is the single worst predictor for a child’s adult life and relationships. By reducing conflict, parents can shift to a more child-centered approach for resolving their legal issues. Once parents are able to see their child’s needs through child-focused lenses, they are ready to find compromises and reach resolutions that best serve their child and meet the parents’ common goal of raising a healthy, happy, well-adjusted child.

Lucy also mediates: custody modification, relocation, child support, blending families, reconciling families, elder care mediation, parent-child conflict, parent and adult child conflict, same sex families, Christian Conciliation, and marital separations including issues of division of property and spousal support.

Lucy is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court mediator, a Circuit Court mediator for family cases and as a Mentor Mediator. Lucy also served as a Roster Mediator for the Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court for 5 years,  working with a diverse group of clients who were already in litigation and often in very high conflict situations.  Lucy has her own private mediation practice and also serves as a Christian Conciliator with Conflict to Peace.  Lucy has dedicated over 32 years to helping families in conflict, first as a family lawyer and now  as a mediator.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Juris Doctor, TC Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, VA

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Congregational
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation

Additional Services

  • Facilitator



Fees and Provisos

Lucy offers a free consultation (approximately 15 minutes) to discuss the mediation process and help you determine if it is a good fit for you. Lucy’s hourly rate is $300.00 and it is pay as you go. Parties often split the hourly fee, each paying $150.00 per hour. Lucy offers flat rates for drafting and package deals. Please contact Lucy to learn more about these options.  Mediation is an incredible value compared to litigation and to other forms of alternate dispute resolution. Lucy realized she could charge a higher hourly rate for her services, but her purpose in creating Nichols Family Solutions is for her mediation services to be affordable and available to many families. Nichols Family Solutions accepts all major credit cards. For more information, please visit my website:

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators