Professional Details

Lucy E. Nichols, JD
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Nichols Family Solutions, LLC

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Oakton, VA 22124


Description of Practice

Nichols Family Solutions is a family mediation practice offering a cost-effective alternative to expensive litigation. Lucy offers families a way to keep important family decisions out of the adversarial system, allowing parties to resolve their own conflicts and create child-centered custody and parenting plans. Working with an experienced mediator is helpful in reducing conflict and reaching agreements. Lucy helps her clients focus on positive resolutions, reaching agreements, and finding ways to move forward rather than staying stuck in their conflict. As a family lawyer, Lucy Nichols devoted her legal career to helping people through complex, high conflict child custody and divorce cases. Lucy has dedicated her career for 30 years to working with families in conflict first as a family lawyer and now exclusively working as a family mediator. She understands the emotional and financial devastation litigation has on families, the most significant being the short and long-term damage to the children. Lucy is an experienced family mediator and mentor mediator, certified by the Virginia Supreme Court. She dedicates her practice to family mediation focusing on child custody and parenting plans, custody modification, child relocation, child support, conflicts arising in blending families, reconciling families, elder care mediation, parent-child conflict, parent and adult child conflict, same sex couple/family mediation, Christian Conciliation, and conflict resolution for separating and divorcing couples including division of property and spousal support.


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


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
Oct. 2015    Northern Virginia Mediation Service     Mediation Skills & Process & Family Mediation Skills 48 hours
Nov. 2015 & March 2016    Northern Virginia Mediation Service    Family Mediation Practicum (JDR & Equitable Distribution), Domestic Violence Assessment, Preparing Memoranda & Agreements 28 hours
6/21/2019    Karen Asaro    Mentoring Others Training (Mentor Status) 4 hours
9/23-26, 2019    Annette Friesen    Mediating People Through Conflict & Coaching People Through Conflict 21 hours
9/27/19    Dispute Resolution Services (DRS)    Mediate to Learn & It All Comes Back to Quality 4 hours


Lucy's hourly rate is $200.00 and it is pay as you go. Nichols Family Solutions accepts all major credit cards, apple pay, cash & checks. Parties often split the hourly fee, each paying $100.00 per hour. This 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general) (1 mediated)
  • Congregational
  • Divorce (all issues) (20 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (600 mediated)
  • Elder
  • Faith Based (5 mediated)
  • Family (625 mediated)
  • LGBTQ (2 mediated)
  • Online Family/Divorce (10 mediated)
  • Online Mediation (10 mediated)
  • Parent-Teen

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.