She came out of the closet as a lesbian when her daughter was five and filed for divorce from Robert shortly after. With the public school system in Winter Lake superior to the options in the Western Massachusetts town to which Valerie decided to relocate, she allowed Robert to take primary custody of Victoria.
Valerie's relationship with both her ex and their daughter are amicable and they often celebrate major holidays with each other when it is convenient for Robert and Victoria to travel.
She began a relationship with the slightly daffy Jayna Berger when Victoria was ten. They make their union official in Victoria's junior year of high school.