Family Law & Divorce Attorneys
The highly-rated family and divorce lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Manassas, Alexandria, Arlington, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and all 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 family law attorneys are veterans of many tough custody and visitation 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.
Our Family Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. 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:
Partner James Livesay heads the family law practice at Livesay & Myers. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, he served as a Navy JAG officer for three years before entering private practice as a family law attorney in 2001. Today he advises the divorce lawyers in each of the firm’s offices.
FAIRFAX & MANASSAS
Matthew Smith is a senior family law attorney in our Fairfax office. An attorney since 2005, he is the lawyer in the firm most experienced in navigating the Fairfax court system. In 2014, Mr. Smith received the prestigious BV Distinguished rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell.
Stephanie Sauer is a senior divorce lawyer in our Fairfax office. She has earned a reputation 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 our senior family lawyer in Manassas, with almost twenty years of legal experience. She represents clients clients in divorce and other family law cases throughout Manassas, Prince William County and Northern Virginia, with a special focus on cases involving child custody, visitation and support.
Anneshia Miller Grant is a divorce attorney in our Fairfax office. She is an experienced advocate for those undergoing separation, divorce or custody proceedings in Northern Virginia. A former military spouse, Ms. Grant is also one of the firm’s leading military divorce lawyers. Ms. Grant is the mother of three children, ranging in age from 12 to 16.
Julia Jones is a family lawyer in our Fairfax office. She handles separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Northern Virginia. Ms. Jones is also one of the firm’s leading military divorce attorneys, representing both servicemembers and spouses. Originally from California, Ms. Jones now resides with her husband in Arlington.
Ariel Baniowski is a divorce lawyer in our Manassas office. She is known as an aggressive advocate for her clients in divorce, custody and support cases in Prince William County and surrounding areas. Ms. Baniowski combines a tireless work ethic with years of experience in family law and a passion for helping people through difficult circumstances.
Jonathan McHugh is a family law attorney in our Manassas office. He has litigated every type of family law matter in the courts of Northern Virginia, including contested divorce, custody, child and spousal support cases. Mr. McHugh has particular expertise with divorce cases involving military or federal retirement and benefits.
Benjamin Carafiol is our senior divorce lawyer in Fredericksburg. 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.
Danielle Snead is a family law attorney 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.
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.