Fairfax Family & Divorce Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of family law, custody and divorce lawyers in Fairfax, representing clients in Fairfax County and all across Northern Virginia.
A good lawyer knows the law, a great lawyer knows the judge—and the court system. Nowhere is that more true than Fairfax County, known as one of the most demanding jurisdictions in Virginia. For example, the Fairfax Circuit Court Practice Manual lays out procedures for everything that might happen in a Fairfax divorce, from the initial filing through trial. The rules are so specific as to require that certain types of pleadings are to be filed on specific types of colored paper. These requirements may seem overwhelming to lawyers from outside jurisdictions, but the attorneys in our Fairfax office practice in these courts every day. Our family lawyers live and breathe the local rules—we know the judges, the system and the law.
Our family and divorce lawyers in Fairfax are:
Matthew Smith is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., and one of the highest-rated custody and divorce lawyers in Fairfax County. Mr. Smith 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 Best Lawyers in America© for family law in 2016–2018, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015–2019. 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.
Anneshia Miller Grant is a lead senior associate in our Fairfax office. Known as one of the more aggressive divorce lawyers in Fairfax, Ms. Grant handles custody, support and high asset divorce cases across Northern Virginia. Ms. Grant began her legal career at a law firm in Virginia Beach, where she practiced family law for four years before moving to Northern Virginia in 2014. Ms. Grant was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2017–2019, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. The mother of three children, she resides in Fairfax.
Andrew Tank is a lead senior associate in our Fairfax office. An attorney since 2007, Mr. Tank has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including complex and high-dollar divorce cases. Mr. Tank 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.
Alisa Chunephisal is a custody and divorce lawyer in Fairfax. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Fairfax County. Originally from Northern Virginia, Ms. Chunephisal earned her J.D. from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. She then began her legal career as a judicial law clerk in Fairfax County Circuit Court from 2007–2009, before entering private practice. Ms. Chunephisal currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. The mother of two children, she resides in Fairfax.
Jamel Rowe is a senior associate in our Fairfax office, practicing exclusively family law. An attorney since 2013, she has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Northern Virginia, including high value equitable distribution cases, custody, support, and military divorce cases. Ms. Rowe is also one of the firm’s leading adoption lawyers, having published multiple articles on adoption for national adoption magazines and written two amici briefs for a seminal U.S. Supreme Court case on adoption. Ms. Rowe currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Fairfax.
Shirin Afsous is a family law and divorce attorney in Fairfax. 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. Before law school, Ms. Afsous graduated cum laude from the University of Mary Washington. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.
Brianna Salerno is a divorce and family lawyer in Fairfax. 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. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Salerno is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.
Christopher Doyle is a family law attorney in Fairfax, practicing exclusively family law. Raised in New Jersey, he graduated cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2009. Mr. Doyle then worked for years in the field of education before enrolling at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he developed a passion for family law. After graduating from law school, Mr. Doyle completed a one-year judicial circuit court clerkship, where he gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process in family law cases. He currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Cambridge Baker is a family law, custody and divorce attorney in Fairfax. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from Elon University before graduating from the University of Richmond School of Law. Between college and law school, Ms. Baker worked in the field of wealth management, first in a position with Advantage xPO onsite at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Boston, Massachusetts, and then in a position working directly for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Washington, D.C. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. Ms. Baker resides with her fiancé in Northern Virginia.
Abby McNelis is a family law attorney in Fairfax. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she graduated from The Pennsylvania State University before graduating from George Mason University School of Law. As a law student, Ms. McNelis won the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Award. After law school, Ms. McNelis completed a one-year judicial clerkship with the Fairfax County Circuit Court, where she gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process in Fairfax County. Ms. McNelis currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia.
These attorneys are supported in our Fairfax office by paralegals Caitlin Wilkinson, Julie Colon, Julia Nelson, Catherine Fu and Lisa Collins.
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Our Fairfax Office
Our Fairfax office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:30 pm. It is located at 3975 University Drive in Fairfax, just half a mile from the Fairfax Judicial Center:
Our attorneys represent clients from every town and community within Fairfax County, including Springfield, Annandale, Tysons Corner, McLean, Chantilly, Newington, Reston, Falls Church, Lorton, Centreville, the City of Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Burke, Vienna and Fairfax Station, as well as Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.
The following is a sampling of client reviews for our family lawyers in Fairfax:
“★★★★★ I can’t begin to express what a wonderful experience I had working with Matthew Smith and his paralegal, Caitlin Wilkinson. They were professional, thorough, knowledgeable and most of all, kind and understanding during a difficult and painful process. Divorce is a scary time and there’s no greater comfort than feeling you have the best on your side—and hiring Matthew is hiring the best. He consistently worked to balance what was best for my case based on his extensive experience, knowledge and genuine interest in my well-being, as well as my personal values and needs. He cared about my case and I always felt like a priority. Caitlin Wilkinson was an absolute joy—she took all of my calls as though I was speaking with a trusted advisor and friend. They worked diligently, efficiently and with genuine compassion to resolve my matter in a way that was better than I could have ever hoped for!” – G.B.
“★★★★★ I needed the best attorney possible to help me through a divorce that I felt would be hard and difficult. I was referred to Ms. Anneshia Miller Grant of Livesay & Myers Law Firm. She was amazing! Step by step, she knew exactly what to do in every situation she encountered. She worked hard and diligently with confidence, professionalism, knowledge and ease. She was always well prepared, aggressive in getting the job done and worked in a timely manner. I was well informed, knew daily what was happening during my case which is very important to a client. She is an excellent attorney. Her performance and knowledge in her profession was outstanding! I am very satisfied with the results of my case. I highly recommend Ms. Miller Grant to anyone in need of an attorney who seems so personally dedicated in working hard to get the best results for her clients. Thank you Ms. Miller Grant and your staff at Livesay & Myers!” – Mike Z.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ This review is long overdue and only my fault that it took so long to write it. As you can all imagine divorce is painful and a LOT more stressful than anything you expected…. Gladly I made the decision to work with Livesay & Myers and I was lucky enough to have Alisa Chunephisal assigned to represent me. The process was incredibly smooth; excellent professionals and awesome back office made the whole process including payments and refund very much under control. I only have thank you words and I strongly recommend this firm’s services. Thank you Livesay & Myers team for walking with me during this process and ALWAYS treating me with respect and care.” – Luis H.
“★★★★★ I had a great experience with Attorney Shirin Afsous and her paralegal Julie Colon in a recent child custody, visitation and support matter. Ms. Afsous was extremely knowledgeable and provided me with spot-on legal advice for my situation. With her expert guidance and assistance, I was able to avoid a potentially messy trial by reaching a settlement agreement with my estranged husband, and I couldn’t be more pleased! Both Ms. Afsous and Ms. Colon are extremely professional, friendly, and responded to my questions and concerns without delay. I would highly recommend them, and the entire Livesay & Myers firm, to anyone seeking legal counsel in divorce/family law-related matters.” – Amy L.
“★★★★★ My experience with this firm involving a custody matter has been 1st Class. My attorney, Brianna Salerno, listened to my family matter and took the time to completely understand my situation. Ms. Salerno guided me towards thoughtful, caring, and logical solutions there were aligned with my intent and within the best interests of my family. I recommend Livesay & Myers to anyone in the Maryland/Virginia corridor that wants effective work without breaking the bank. I accomplished what I had to set out to do quickly and at fair billing. Kudos!” – Mike H.
“★★★★★ Very pleasant experience for an unpleasant situation! Chris Doyle and Matthew Smith handled my situation flawlessly. Very understanding and supportive of my needs and very financially conscious. Great team! Caitlin Wilkinson, Carolina Blanco and Catherine Fu kept me informed every step of my divorce.” – G.B.
“★★★★★ The best law firm serving Northern Virginia. I contacted Livesay & Myers on a very short notice pertaining my custody hearing. They assigned Ms. Cambridge Baker to my case. She was very efficient and prompt and they were able to get me the outcome I was looking for! Job well done and a big thank you!” – Anthony G.
“★★★★★ To handle my divorce I worked with [Matthew] Smith and his paralegal Ms. Wilkinson. Upon the first meeting with Mr. Smith, he was very attentive to what I was looking for, answered my questions and made me feel comfortable. He didn’t talk to me like a lawyer, but as a friend that wanted the best for me and my situation. I did inform him I looked up the law firm online and saw that I could get a divorce for a low rate and that was the direction I wanted to take. Most Law Firms are in the money making business, but Mr. Smith took the time and advised me of my options and helped me decide what was best for me. Ultimately, I was able to take the less expensive route. Before starting the divorce process, I had this idea it would be stressful and too much to handle by myself. I was definitely wrong with that assumption. Ms. Wilkinson kept me informed, answered my questions and got back with me within a reasonable amount of time. As much as we emailed back and forth you would have thought I was their only client. Mr. Smith and Ms. Wilkinson are a dynamic team that I would highly recommend to someone else.” – Amber
“★★★★★ I had the privilege and pleasure of having Ms. Anneshia Miller Grant represent me in my recent divorce. Upon first meeting and consulting with Ms. Miller Grant, it was evident that she was not only knowledgeable about the law, but that she was most importantly very personable and would ensure that my voice was heard. She never made me feel as though I’d hired her to tell my story “her” way, but she created an environment that assured me that she and I were in a partnership. There were so many teachable moments during this experience, and Ms. Miller Grant was selfless and used them all to make sure I understood what she was doing and why. Anneshia was very careful to include me on all aspects of my case by continuously communicating with me, and I trusted every decision she made and every piece of advice she gave. Her professionalism and responsiveness are top-notch, and her keen ability to articulate and thoroughly explain the laws that concerned my case (in laymen’s terms), were what I needed most during that vulnerable period of life altering decision making. I could not have imagined better representation than what Ms. Miller Grant provided. I would choose her first every time if I needed counsel, and would, without question, respect her recommendations and advice. The outcome of my case was positive and I know it was only due to the exemplary representation I received from Livesay & Myers. I highly recommend Ms. Anneshia Miller Grant to anyone in need of legal assistance in a divorce or separation matter.” – Jennifer C.
“★★★★★ Alisa Chunephisal, Ms. Wilkinson and Ms. Fu handled my divorce paperwork in 2018-2019. Even though it was a less complex case, they were there to answer my questions in an extremely timely manner. Ms. Chunephisal even responded to an email of mine when she was on vacation! The cost was very fair for the services received. They are nice hard working folks, I would happily recommend Livesay & Myers, P.C.” – Tom C.
“★★★★★ Many thanks to attorney Shirin Afsous and paralegal Julie Colon for making a painful situation (divorce) as painless as possible. They answered my endless stream of questions in a prompt manner and guided me through the process in a professional and flawless manner. Both were very friendly and easy to work with. I’d recommend them to anyone in my situation.” – Kathie C.
“★★★★★ I had a child custody case and hired Ms. Brianna Salerno as my attorney and her assistant Ms. Caitlin Wilkinson. I have nothing but glowing reviews for these 2 individuals that helped me greatly throughout my case. I never had to hire an attorney in my life before so it was nerve wrecking at first but they guided me through every step of the way. My case had settled before it was in the final stage but I am so glad I had these 2 on my side. Would recommend to anyone that is going to child custody.” – Tony
“★★★★★ Christopher Doyle and his supporting team of Caity Wilkinson and Catherine Fu provided invaluable assistance in a very professional manner. Chris was very quick to respond to multiple email questions and requests. Chris provided excellent advice that resulted in a positive outcome.” – John D.
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.