Family & Divorce Lawyers in Northern Virginia
Livesay & Myers has a team of family and divorce lawyers across offices in Fairfax, Fredericksburg and Manassas, Virginia, representing clients across Northern Virginia.
A divorce or custody battle can be a stressful and traumatic experience. The best attorneys can alleviate some of the emotional burden. Our experienced divorce and family lawyers can give you peace of mind, by providing a steady hand throughout settlement negotiations and, if necessary, trial.
Our attorneys handle every type of family law matter in Virginia:
Contested Divorce. Our 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 custody lawyers are experienced in the special issues that arise in custody and visitation cases, including both initial custody determinations and cases involving relocation of custodial parents or modification of prior court orders.
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 attorneys are intimately familiar with the factors considered by courts in establishing spousal support, and with the important tax consequences often intertwined with alimony.
Child Support. Our family lawyers 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.
Military Divorce & Federal Government Divorce. 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 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 lawyers are experienced in representing biological and adopting parents through stepparent, agency and parental placement adoptions. They can guide you through the intricacies of the adoption process, including home studies and the adoption revocation period.
Premarital Agreements. Our attorneys are experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating premarital agreements or “prenups.” 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.
Our Family Lawyers
From offices in Fairfax, Manassas and Fredericksburg, the experienced family at Livesay & Myers represent clients throughout Fairfax, Manassas, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Fauquier, Loudoun, Spotsylvania, and all across Northern Virginia. Be sure to read our client reviews, then examine the profiles of each of our attorneys to find the one who is the best fit for you:
Matthew Smith is a senior divorce lawyer in our Fairfax office. An attorney since 2005, he handles separation, divorce, equitable distribution, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Mr. Smith is also a frequent contributor to the family law section of the Livesay & Myers Blog.
Stephanie Sauer is a senior family lawyer in our Fairfax office. She is known as a no-nonsense, aggressive advocate for her clients. Ms. Sauer has litigated every type of family law matter in the courts of Northern Virginia. Her practice includes separation, divorce, custody, adoption and cases involving termination of parental rights.
Carolyn Eaton is a senior family lawyer in our Manassas office. With almost twenty years of legal experience, she is an experienced advocate for those undergoing divorce, custody, visitation or support proceedings in Virginia. Ms. Eaton represents clients in Manassas, Prince William County and throughout Northern Virginia.
Benjamin Carafiol is a senior divorce lawyer in our Fredericksburg office. He has years of experience representing clients in the courts of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and surrounding areas. Knowledgeable in all areas of family law, he is particularly experienced with issues of military and government retirement.
Julia Jones is a divorce attorney in our Fairfax office. She handles separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Northern Virginia. She is also one of the firm’s leading military divorce lawyers, representing both servicemembers and spouses, and writes frequently on military divorce topics for our Blog.
Jonathan McHugh is a divorce lawyer in our Manassas office. He is experienced with every type of family law matter in the courts of Northern Virginia, including divorce, equitable distribution, custody, visitation and support. Mr. McHugh has particular expertise with cases involving government or military retirement and benefits.
Ariel Baniowski is a family law attorney in our Manassas office. She is known as an aggressive advocate for her clients in divorce, custody and support cases throughout Northern Virginia. Ms. Baniowski combines a tireless work ethic with years of experience in family law and a passion for helping people through difficult circumstances.
Danielle Snead is a family lawyer in our Fredericksburg office. She is one of the firm’s most skilled courtroom advocates, with a relentless work ethic and a passion for family law. Originally from Texas, Ms. Snead now resides in Fredericksburg and represents clients in divorce, custody and support cases across the Fredericksburg area.
Whether you are looking for a senior divorce lawyer for a volatile contested divorce, an experienced adoption lawyer, an aggressive attorney for a heated custody battle, or a more junior attorney to handle a quick, cheap uncontested divorce—Livesay & Myers can help.
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