Arlington Family & Divorce Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of family law, custody and divorce lawyers in Arlington, representing clients in Arlington, Alexandria and all across Northern Virginia.
Each of our attorneys practice exclusively family law. We handle separation, divorce, separation, equitable distribution, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, premarital agreements, name change, adoption, and every other type of family law case in Virginia.
Our family lawyers in Arlington are:
Andrew Tank is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated custody and divorce lawyers in Arlington. An attorney since 2007, Mr. Tank has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. Mr. Tank holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Family Law, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. Mr. Tank resides with his wife and son in Alexandria.
Jonathan McHugh is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Arlington. An attorney since 2012, Mr. McHugh has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including high value equitable distribution cases. Mr. McHugh was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in Family Law. He has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2017, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Mr. McHugh resides with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.
Brianna Salerno is a family law and divorce attorney in Arlington. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Salerno has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Northern Virginia, including complex and high-dollar divorce cases. She is also is one of the firm’s leading authorities on the division of federal or military retirement benefits in divorce. Ms. Salerno was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019–2020, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Salerno also won the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award in 2020. She resides in Alexandria.
Shirin Afsous is a family law, custody and divorce lawyer in Arlington. Ms. Afsous has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including a large number of high asset divorce cases. She is known as one of our firm’s most skilled trial attorneys. Ms. Afsous was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019–2020, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Afsous also won the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award in 2020. She resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Maria Zamayar is a family law, custody and divorce lawyer in Arlington. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Arlington County and Northern Virginia. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Zamayar graduated from Georgia State University before earning her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Zamayar currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia.
These attorneys are supported in our Arlington office by paralegals Gia Kaur-Sharma and Dollie Tran.
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Our Arlington Office
Our Arlington office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm. It is located at 1515 N Courthouse Rd #710 in Arlington:
The following is a sampling of client reviews for our Arlington family lawyers:
“★★★★★ I wanted to take a moment and publicly thank the firm of Livesay and Myers for placing me with attorney Andrew Tank for my divorce proceedings. No matter if the divorce is contested or uncontested there comes a stress level that is difficult to manage. To make my situation more stressful, I had hired another attorney to represent me from another firm and the relationship just did not work out. I set out to find the best representation and I found Livesay and Myers. From my initial consultation with Andy I knew I had found the best attorney for me. Andy comes with many awards and accolades, and he has surpassed all these with his calm demeanor, professional knowledge and most importantly with me is Andy became my friend. It is also important for me to mention Lisa Collins, Andy’s paralegal. Lisa is also a legal process professional but we had many chats along the way that helped get me through the process. Thank you Lisa for all you’ve done for me. In closing and importantly, Andy was able to navigate the divorce waters and get me a settlement that was fair and amicable. Livesay and Myers will always be my choice if legal representation is ever needed again. I enthusiastically recommend Livesay and Myers and will ask for Andy and Lisa by name. Andy and Lisa changed my life for the better and I know I can never repay their support for me!” – Kenneth N.
“★★★★★ I contacted Livesay & Myers after searching the web for military divorce attorneys in Virginia. My divorce was complicated and I needed someone to start resolving the little obstacles and concentrate on the larger issues. I met with Jonathan McHugh for a consultation. He was patient, extremely professional and thorough and made me feel at ease that all my issues would be resolved in a timely manner. Jonathan’s knowledge of the military and estate issues was extensive. After 24 years of abuse, Jonathan, along with his paralegal, Tatyana Spurgeon, helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both of them were quick to respond to any inquiries I had. I felt very comfortable being represented by Livesay & Myers, as I now know personally that Attorney Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal, Tatyana, fought and succeeded in every aspect of my divorce. Even after the divorce was final, Jonathan and Tatyana continued to be attentive to all the financial details that needed to be followed up to conclusion. I feel very comfortable in recommending their services to anyone who needs to accomplish a positive end result from a difficult situation.” – Karen H.
“★★★★★ Livesay & Myers represented me in my divorce. Specifically, my attorney was Brianna Salerno, Esq. Brianna, along with her team of paralegals were all absolutely outstanding! They always provided a quick response. They made a very scary situation one where I now feel empowered to go to the next stage of my life. I am so grateful for all of the help that they provided to me. I absolutely highly recommend the law firm of Livesay & Myers, and specifically Brianna Salerno, Esq., along with her brilliant team of paralegals. Thank you all so much for all of your help with my case!” – Nicole J.
“★★★★★ Shirin Afsous worked with me to initiate and finalize my divorce in the state of Virginia. Ms. Afsous provided direct, no-nonsense answers to all of my questions and I always felt as though she had my interests in mind when providing legal advice. I work for the State Department and live overseas, therefore my divorce could have been a bit complicated, but Ms. Afsous made quick sense of my situation and worked with the court in Virginia to process my divorce in a timely manner. Ms. Afsous’ paralegal kept me informed of any developments with my case and responded quickly to any questions/doubts I had along the way. I would highly recommend Ms. Afsous and her paralegal to assist with a divorce case. It was a pleasure working with them both.” – Anna P.
“★★★★★ Maria Zamayar and Rossy Membreno were very professional and diligent in working on my case, they made me feel comfortable and helped ease my anxiety. Getting a divorce is stressful and finding the appropriate team to work with in such a sensitive situation can be very nerve-wracking, however Maria and Rossy put me at ease, answered and re-answered my anxiety-ridden questions. I would highly recommend both of them for any legal matters within their expertise!” – Sonia A.
“★★★★★ My first attorney ran up legal bills (putting me into debt) without delivering services so 6 weeks prior to my trial I had to fire my attorney. Left with very little money and time, no one was willing on such a short notice to take on a complicated case. Except for Andy Tank. I remember our first phone call. I was outside another attorney’s office (one who had declined me but asked me to call Andy) and he spoke to me for 30 mins as I ran thru my case. He said it would be tough be he would work with me to get the best possible resolution and for a very fair price. Along with Lisa his paralegal, we finalized the divorce and custody. Like many cases, the odds of going back to court are high, so when I was in that predicament I reached out to Andy again only to find out he left that firm. A google search led me to him at his new practice at Livesay & Myers and we again tackled the case together and led me to an outcome that could not have been better for my children and I. He is my attorney and friend for life and it is my pleasure to write this review for him and Lisa.” – P.T.
“★★★★★ Divorce is not something you can really prepare for. There are lot of considerations and though you think you’ve thought of them all, rest assured you haven’t. Jon McHugh and Tatyana Spurgeon were both supportive and made me realize some realities. I wanted to just get it done, but Mr. McHugh made me realize that it wasn’t just me that I was preparing this new phase of my life. Since the children were going to reside with me he researched the child support and figured the numbers that were fair based on our incomes. He also showed the options available to me based on what our circumstances in regard to the divorce, but also respected my decision in the matter. One can hope that you get a team like I did to help you through this. Just because you pay top dollar for an attorney that everyone recommends doesn’t mean you will receive what feels like personal care on a one on one basis. Sometimes the ‘top dollar’ legal team is the one that gives you that ‘top dollar’ attention.” – Terence K.
“★★★★★ I just wanted to take some time to say that Livesay & Myers, P.C. have been very professional. Specifically Ms. Salerno and her paralegals have been amazing this past year in finalizing my divorce, custody, and child support. They never dropped off, always followed up and had this amazing way about them that made me feel like I made the right choice. And obviously I did, I was able to keep my son, so these 5 stars aren’t doing them justice. Thank you all so much! – Daniel M.
“★★★★★ Shirin Afsous and her paralegal Julia were incredibly helpful during the amendment to my divorce agreement. The process started with my ex-wife and I more angry and bitter with each other than I can remember, and ended with my ex-wife and I on much better terms. We’re back to joking with each other about the best ways forward with co-parenting our daughter. Shirin and Julia fought to get me the best amendment possible while keeping me grounded regarding what my legal obligations are regarding my family. My ex-wife and I feel the new agreement is fair to both parties. Shirin and Julia did the opposite of what I expected from a divorce attorney and paralegal; they worked towards a fair and civil resolution vice continued litigation in an effort to keep me paying more than absolutely necessary. Livesay & Myers is an outstanding family law firm. I hope I never have to hire a legal team again, but if I do, I know exactly who I’m going to.” – Aaron G.
“★★★★★ Maria Zamayar and Anneshia Grant both were very helpful to me throughout my court case, and made me feel comfortable during a very hard time. I appreciate everything they did for me and I was successful in court due to their help as well! 😊” – Jessica
“★★★★★ I retained Andrew Tank after my original attorney left family law, and left me in a bind less with less than a month to contest a ‘vague,’ one-sided PSA/MSA. With an uphill battle against an irrational ex who refused to make rational joint legal co-parenting decisions, but instead used our 2 children as pawns for financial gain and control, I consulted with Mr. Tank. The primary focus was on the stability of the children, seeing that their best interests were considered. Mr. Tank immediately helped protect them from the parental alienation when reason wasn’t working, and filed motions that forced the ex to allow them to attend therapy, and stopped her from moving them far away from me. Mr. Tank understood it was all about money to the ex, and found ways to modify the custody schedule of the PSA that was deemed ‘unmodifiable’ by opposing counsel. His knowledge of the law, positive relationships with the representatives of the court, and ability to maintain the children’s best interests not only benefited their mental health, but also preserved my joint legal rights to continue my role in their lives. Dealing with manipulative opposition is a difficult task, but Mr. Tank did not stand down to the ‘bullies’ during negotiation/litigation, and made it possible that I remained an equal parent, not just a ‘visitor’ in my own children’s lives.If you are looking for an experienced, respected, and ethical attorney that will actually keep ‘family’ as the focus in ‘family law,’ I highly recommend Mr. Tank.” – Grateful Dad
“★★★★★ Divorce sucks. It entails loss, pain, and grief. It also means you face uncertainty and unknowns, especially with respect to your rights and the legal process. No matter your situation, you need to know all the legal and financial aspects of the divorce. You need a lawyer, and a firm, you can trust and partner with throughout the process. From my first meeting with Jonathan McHugh, I felt I could not only trust him, but that I wasn’t ‘just another divorce.’ I felt the same when meeting Tatyana. Both were genuinely interested in the specifics of my case, and treated me with the utmost respect, humanity, patience, and professionalism throughout the duration of my case. As divorce negotiations proceeded, I felt confident that Jonathan and Tatyana always had my best interests in mind. The result was a fair settlement. I highly recommend Jonathan and Tatyana, and Livesay & Myers as a firm.” – Michael D.
“★★★★★ Livesay & Myers, P.C. was outstanding in my recent Separation Agreement and Divorce proceedings. Specifically, Brianna Salerno was over-the-top amazing! She brought years of subject matter expertise, understanding and empathy to my situation. Throughout the most trying time in my young adult life, I was able to count on Brianna’s professionalism, tact and motivational attitude. I would HIGHLY recommend Brianna Salerno and the Livesay & Myers practice to anyone facing a major life change such as a divorce. I cannot thank Brianna and her team enough for the superb support throughout this entire process! Brianna’s paralegal was an unbelievable added asset to this process as well! I had several attorneys throughout my career for varying reasons, and the Livesay & Myers practice is bar none above the rest! Overall, my experience was excellent and I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support, compassion, and professionalism!” – Jordan H.
“★★★★★ This firm has been a trusted advisor for my most personal matters for nearly 2 years. Ms. Shirin Afsous (my attorney) and Ms. Gia Kaur-Sharma (her paralegal) have been the consummate professionals throughout the entire process, without losing touch of the deeply personal nature of the matter they were handling for me. They were always available to answer my seemingly complex legal questions and concerns, and my basic questions about the timing and sequence of processes. As a busy soldier, they worked with me overseas, on the phone, in person, and in the middle of a pandemic, and I never once felt neglected or that my case wasn’t the most important thing they were working on. I always felt like my interests were protected, my risk was minimized, and assured that my intent was being followed in their drafting of documents and advice. It almost felt like I was their only client the way details were always remembered and understood. I only wish this level of service and professionalism existed in every business and personal aspect of my life. Highly recommend.” – Darius H.
CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. RESULTS IN ONE CASE DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.