Family Lawyers in Northern Virginia
From offices in Fairfax, Manassas and Fredericksburg, the highly-rated family lawyers at Livesay & Myers represent clients across Northern Virginia. Our size and resources allow us to match you with an attorney perfectly suited to meet your needs. Whether you are looking for an aggressive attorney for a volatile divorce or heated custody battle, a more junior lawyer to handle a quick, cheap uncontested divorce, or an experienced attorney for an adoption or other family law matter—we can help.
Our attorneys handle every type of family law matter in Virginia:
Contested Divorce. Our divorce lawyers have years of experience with contested divorce cases under each of the fault-based grounds in Virginia, including adultery, cruelty (mental or physical); and desertion (actual or “constructive”).
Uncontested Divorce. We also handle uncontested divorces, under the no-fault grounds of (1) separation for at least twelve months or (2) separation for at least six months, with a separation agreement and no minor children. Our attorneys handle many uncontested divorce cases for a flat fee of just $599.
Separation Agreements. Our attorneys are experienced in the drafting and negotiation of separation agreements, which are used in Virginia to resolve any marital issues and pave the way for an uncontested divorce.
Child Custody and Visitation. Our attorneys are experienced in the special issues that arise in custody and visitation cases. Our family lawyers are veterans of many tough custody battles, fighting on behalf of mothers, fathers and grandparents in custody cases across Northern Virginia. Our attorneys have expertise both with initial custody determinations and also cases involving relocation of custodial parents or modification of prior court orders. We are also experienced with cases involving home studies, custody evaluators, and guardians ad litem.
Spousal Support. Spousal support issues arise in divorces where the parties have been married for a substantial length of time and there is a significant gap in their incomes. In these cases, determination of a proper amount and duration of spousal support can become very difficult. Our family lawyers are intimately familiar with the factors considered by courts in establishing spousal support, and with the important tax consequences often intertwined with alimony. For more information, see the spousal support section of our Blog.
Child Support. Our family attorneys are also experienced in handling every type of child support matter, from calculation of support under Virginia’s statewide guidelines to income imputation where one party is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed.
Equitable Distribution. Virginia is an equitable distribution state, meaning that the court has the authority in any divorce to classify the property of the parties as separate, marital or hybrid, to distribute any jointly owned marital property between the parties, and to grant a monetary award to either party to ensure an “equitable distribution” of marital property and debts. Our divorce lawyers are experienced with every type of equitable distribution case, including complex and high value cases. For more information, see the equitable distribution section of our Blog.
Military Divorce & Federal Government Divorce. Led by a former Navy JAG, our attorneys are intimately familiar with the unique issues that arise in military divorce cases, including retired pay, disability pay, Tricare benefits and the Survivor Benefit Plan. They are also experienced with cases involving federal civilian government employees, with expertise in the areas of federal retirement division and survivor annuities.
Protective Orders. Our attorneys represent both parties in protective order cases, including court hearings on preliminary protective orders and full protective orders.
Adoption. Our adoption lawyers are experienced in representing biological and adopting parents through stepparent, parental placement and agency placement adoptions. They can guide you through the intricacies of the adoption process in Virginia, including the adoption revocation period and the home study process. Our adoption attorneys have written extensively about adoption issues for our Blog; be sure to check out the adoption section of our website for answers to all your questions about adoption in Virginia.
Premarital Agreements. Our family law attorneys are experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating premarital agreements or “prenups” under Virginia law. Our attorneys can help you draft a premarital agreement, or can advise you as to whether to sign a prenup presented to you by a prospective spouse.
What Our Clients Are Saying
“I was going through a separation when I obtained Matthew Smith, as my legal representative, at Livesay & Myers. It was truly a difficult time for me. Matt was patient, understanding, and helpful with my case. I am proud and thankful that he was on my side. I had never seen so much dedication, great rapport, impeccable work, and professionalism… I would definitely recommend Matthew Smith and Livesay & Myers to anyone in need of legal assistance in a divorce.” - Vicki R.
“I would recommend this firm, specifically Stephanie Sauer! I am sure anyone can agree that if you need an attorney you are most likely already in a stressful situation. She made this process seamless and I thank her for that. She went over and beyond to make sure I was taken care of start to finish. Great company, great people! Thank you!” - Kirsten W.
“I was impressed Anneshia Miller Grant’s achievements which I found on the law firm’s website when searching for lawyers. When I met with her, I had a feeling of confidence from her and reassurance by her… Ms. Grant was strong and calm and she guided me through a very difficult chapter of life… Ms Grant kept me informed throughout the whole process. Ms Grant is amazing attorney and I am very satisfied with her work. (Outstanding)” – Jerry
“I did a lot of research on every attorney for child custody in the Fairfax area before calling Livesay & Myers, P.C…. I was assigned with Julia Jones and her paralegal Kimberly Cross, they were amazing! She did everything to help me. She was extremely knowledgeable and detailed with every aspect of my case…” - Quinette N.
“[Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal] made a phenomenal team during an emotionally draining legal action. Their combined approach ensured that I was completely confident in their professional skills, while they also conveyed compassion and empathy during the situation to its conclusion. They were forthright, direct, communicative, and honest throughout the entire process… I feel very fortunate to have been referred to L&M, and to have been served by this wonderful team, and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal representation.” – Bill
Our Family Lawyers
Livesay & Myers has a team of experienced family law and divorce attorneys in Northern Virginia, each of them practicing exclusively family law. Be sure to read our client reviews, then examine the profiles of each of our family lawyers to find the one who is the best fit for you.
Fall Consultation Special. For a limited time, schedule an initial one-hour consultation with one of our family lawyers for just $150. Contact us today to take advantage of this discounted rate.