Fairfax Family & Divorce Lawyers
The family law, custody and divorce lawyers in the Fairfax office of Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington 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 Northern Virginia, which features some of the most demanding jurisdictions in the Commonwealth. In Fairfax County, 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 Livesay & Myers has a group of Fairfax attorneys who practice in these courts every day, who live and breathe the local rules, who know the judges, the system and the law.
The family law attorneys in our Fairfax office are:
Matthew Smith is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Northern Virginia. 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 2016–2017, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015–2018. 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 lead senior associate in our Fairfax office. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Ms. Raheen 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 was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Virginia and Washington D.C. in 2018. She resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Anneshia Miller Grant is a lead senior associate in our Fairfax office. Known as one of the more aggressive custody and 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 2017–2018, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Avvo. The mother of three children, she resides in Fairfax.
Alisa Chunephisal is a senior associate in our Fairfax office. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Fairfax County, Alexandria and Arlington. 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 resides in Fairfax County with her husband and two daughters.
Shirin Afsous is a custody and divorce lawyer 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 resides with her husband in Arlington.
Brianna Salerno is a family and divorce 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 resides in Arlington.
Brandi Howell is a family law, custody and divorce attorney in Fairfax. An attorney since 2007, in 2018 she transitioned to practicing exclusively family law after observing family, friends, and colleagues struggle with their own family law issues. After being married for 14 years and having three children of her own, Ms. Howell believed she would be able to relate to those facing divorce, custody and other family law issues. With over a decade of legal experience, Ms. Howell knew that she would be able to help them get the best possible results under the law.
These attorneys are supported by four experienced family law paralegals in our Fairfax office: Kim Cross, Caitlin Wilkinson, Gigi Stanley and Michelle Evans.
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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 the family law attorneys in our Fairfax office:
“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 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.
“★★★★★ My Attorney, Laila Raheen was phenomenal representing me in my divorce, there were several items and conditions that were very important for me to keep, and she was excellent in meeting my expectation of getting an excellent settlement agreement. I was divorced prior to my court hearing because she worked very hard to get the agreement done by the court date so that I can avoid the trouble and expense of going to trial. She made sure I understood every aspect of the settlement. Laila and Paralegal Margaret (Gigi) were excellent in dealing with my case and the issues that had come up and dealt with them in a timely and compassionate manner. Her guidance and patience made the divorce such an easy process. I wasn’t sure what to expect with a legal proceeding such as this, but Laila made the process seem effortless and I was thrilled with the result. Laila and Gigi were a joy to work with through a difficult time. I would highly recommend her and Livesay & Myers.” – Nydia C.
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.