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.
Be sure to read our client reviews, then examine the profiles of each of our Arlington family lawyers to find the one who is the best fit for you:
Andrew Tank is a lead senior associate at Livesay & Myers, P.C., 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. He holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell, has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Mr. Tank left a position as a partner at another firm to join Livesay & Myers, P.C. in 2019. He resides with his wife in Arlington.
Shirin Afsous is a family law and divorce attorney in Arlington. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia. Originally from Fairfax, Ms. Afsous earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where she graduated cum laude with a Trial and Appellate Concentration, with distinction. Before law school, Ms. Afsous graduated cum laude from the University of Mary Washington. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2019. Ms. Afsous currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.
Brianna Salerno is a divorce and family lawyer in Arlington. An attorney since 2010, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including divorce, separation, custody, visitation and support cases. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Salerno graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University before graduating in the top third of her class at George Mason University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Ms. Salerno currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. She resides in Arlington.
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Our Arlington Office
Our Arlington office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:30 pm. It is located at 4250 Fairfax Drive #600 in Arlington:
The following is a sampling of client reviews for our Arlington family lawyers:
“★★★★★ Andrew Tank is an outstanding attorney. His demeanor is calm, his intellect is razor sharp, and his grasp of not just legalities but human nature is amazing. He has compassion which cloaks a backbone of steel. He is understanding and generous and the best expert to have in a legal crisis or potential crisis. He promotes the return of sanity in an unsettled world and is simply the best attorney all around. Highly recommend him.” – Muffarah M.
“★★★★★ Shirin Afsous and [paralegal] Julia Nelson 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.
“★★★★★ Livesay & Myers represented me in my divorce. Specifically, my attorney was Brianna Salerno, Esq. Brianna, along with her team of paralegals Julie Colon, Caity Wilkinson, and Catherine Fu 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.
“★★★★★ I have used Andrew Tank thrice in dealing with my former spouse. He has the depth of insight and knowledge that will be of comfort when in the thick of litigation. He has successfully aided me in discovery motions, successfully defeated a protective order in 30 minutes, and has been a constant source of encouragement and sanity in the insanity of nuances within the family law. The outstanding thing that would stand out the most when I recommend him is he is thorough, organized, moral and ethical.” – Gretchen B.
“★★★★★ Shirin Afsous worked with me to initiate and finalize my divorce in the state of VA. 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 Dept 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 VA to process my divorce in a timely manner. Ms. Afsous’ paralegal, Ms. Julie Colon, 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 Ms. Colon to assist with a divorce case. It was a pleasure working with them both.” – Anna P.
“★★★★★ I just wanted to take some time to say that Livesay & Myers, P.C. have been very professional. Specifically Ms. Salerno, Ms. Wilkinson, and Ms. Fu 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.
“★★★★★ 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
“★★★★★ I was looking for a divorce lawyer who was knowledgeable in the intricacies of rules pertaining to federal employees and retirement benefits as impacted by divorce. I’d like to recommend Attorney Shirin Afsous and paralegal Julie Colon. They were extremely helpful as my former spouse first agreed to an uncontested divorce; then decided she desired a contested divorce; then finally decided to an uncontested divorce. Throughout the changes they were extremely helpful and maintained a positive attitude. I would recommend the Afsous/Colon team to anyone in a similar situation.” – R.G.
“★★★★★ Good lawyer! Brianna Salerno represented me for an uncontested divorce case. Though the case would not be lucrative, I felt that they were happy to represent me. I just wanted someone who would proceed the case appropriately, would not delay the process and would not try to do unnecessary work. I think she exceeded my expectation. Her assistant, Julie, was also professional and very polite.” – Sally U.
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.