Our Family Lawyers
From offices in Fairfax, Leesburg, Manassas and Fredericksburg, the highly-rated family law attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients across Northern Virginia. With over a dozen family lawyers plus a large team of support staff, the size and resources of our firm 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, an experienced attorney for an adoption or other family law matter, or a quick, cheap uncontested divorce—we can help.
The strength of our team of family lawyers is reflected in our client reviews and recognition by various legal organizations. Several of our attorneys have been named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars Super Lawyers, and a number of them have achieved the prestigious 10.0 Avvo Rating.
Be sure to visit the comprehensive Family Law section of our website for answers to all your questions on Virginia family law, including divorce, separation, custody, visitation and support. Then examine the profiles of each of our family law and divorce attorneys to find the one who is the best fit for you:
Matthew Smith is our senior family lawyer in Fairfax, and a junior partner in the firm. Mr. Smith was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in family law. He has also been named a Virginia Rising Stars Super Lawyer, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo. Mr. Smith is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Notre Dame. He resides with his wife and son in Tysons Corner.
Laila Raheen is a senior family lawyer in Fairfax. Ms. Raheen practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Northern Virginia. She has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense, aggressive advocate for her clients. Ms. Raheen graduated with honors from the University of Toronto before graduating cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. She resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Caitlin Higgins is a family law attorney in Fairfax. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Ms. Higgins was born in Massachusetts but raised in California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara before moving east for law school at Penn State University. Ms. Higgins received the Avvo Top Contributor Award in 2016. She resides in McLean, Virginia.
Brianna Salerno is a family law and divorce attorney in Fairfax. An attorney since 2010, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, 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 resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Shirin Afsous is a Fairfax divorce and family lawyer. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Northern Virginia. Originally from Fairfax, Ms. Afsous earned her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she graduated cum laude with a Trial and Appellate Concentration, with distinction. She resides with her husband in Arlington.
Ariel Baniowski is a custody and divorce lawyer in our Manassas office. Ms. Baniowski combines a tireless work ethic with years of experience in family law and a passion for helping people through difficult circumstances. She graduated from George Mason University before graduating summa cum laude from George Mason University School of Law. Ms. Baniowski was named a Virginia Rising Stars Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Prince William County.
Sarah Collins is a family law attorney in Manassas. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia. Before entering private practice, Ms. Collins served for two years as a law clerk in the Prince William County Circuit Court. She is one of the most experienced attorneys in the firm in navigating the Prince William County court system. Ms. Collins holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo. She is a resident of Manassas.
Carolyn Eaton is a Manassas family law and divorce attorney. The mother of two and a certified Guardian ad Litem, Ms. Eaton brings a valuable combination of legal and real world experience to her family law practice. As a former attorney for the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), she has particular expertise in child support matters. With over twenty years of legal experience, Ms. Eaton is one of the most knowledgeable family law attorneys in the firm.
Anne Prentice is a family law attorney in our Leesburg office. An attorney since 2003, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Ms. Prentice is a graduate of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia, the country’s premier trial advocacy program for lawyers. Ms. Prentice resides with her two children in Northern Virginia.
Amanda Stone Swart is a family lawyer in Leesburg. One of the firm’s most skilled trial attorneys, in 2010 Ms. Swart received the prestigious Trial Advocate of the Year award from the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Originally from Iowa, Ms. Swart graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University before graduating from George Mason University School of Law. Ms. Swart resides in Loudoun County with her husband and two daughters.
Jonathan McHugh is a custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. Mr. McHugh handles divorce, custody and every type of family law matter in Virginia. He has particular expertise with divorce cases involving military or federal retirement and benefits. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. McHugh graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University before graduating from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He resides with his wife in Northern Virginia.
Caitlyn Stubbs is a Fredericksburg family lawyer. Ms. Stubbs is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, with a special focus on contested divorce, custody and support cases. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University and a cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ms. Stubbs combines a love of the courtroom with a deep knowledge of family law, in pursuing the best results for each and every client.
Benjamin Carafiol is a senior family law attorney in Fredericksburg. An attorney since 2008, Mr. Carafiol is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in the courts of Northern Virginia. He is also one of the leading military divorce lawyers in the firm. Mr. Carafiol is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the College of William & Mary. He resides with his wife and daughter in Spotsylvania.
Sarah Patras is family lawyer in Fredericksburg. Ms. Patras handles divorce, custody, support and every type of family law matter in Virginia. Originally from the Midwest, she earned double B.A. degrees from Iowa State University before graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law. Before entering private practice, Ms. Patras served as a judicial law clerk for a Virginia Circuit Court judge. She resides in the Fredericksburg area.
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