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 family lawyers in Fairfax. Mr. Smith holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for family law every year since 2016, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. 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 custody and divorce lawyer in Fairfax. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Fairfax County. A lead senior associate in our firm, Ms. Grant handles a large number of high asset divorce cases, and is one of the leading military divorce lawyers in Virginia. She is known as one of our most aggressive attorneys. Ms. Grant has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2017, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. She resides with her husband and children in Fairfax.
Andrew Tank is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated custody and divorce lawyers in Fairfax. 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, 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 and son in Northern Virginia.
Alisa Chunephisal is a family law attorney 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 written two amici briefs for a seminal U.S. Supreme Court case on adoption. Ms. Rowe was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2020. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Rowe resides in Fairfax.
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 husband in Fairfax.
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 Catherine Fu, Lisa Collins, Brenda Membreno, Gia Kaur-Sharma and Rossimar Membreno.
For answers to all your family law questions, see:
- Guide to Divorce in Virginia
- Guide to Custody and Visitation in Virginia
- Guide to Separation in Virginia
- Adoption Law in Virginia
- Premarital Agreements in Virginia
Spring Consultation Special. For a limited time, schedule an initial 1-hour consultation with one of our family lawyers in Fairfax for just $150. Contact us today to take advantage of this discounted rate.
Our Fairfax Office
Our Fairfax office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 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.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ It is difficult to explain how it feels having to go though the legal process to fight to see your kids. My husband and I were dealing with his high conflict ex who made every single day challenging and hard for us. You will never know how an attorney can impact your life. Every stressful step of the way Jamel Rowe led and guided us with our best interest at heart with such kindness and patience, never judging us. She maintained professionalism and though she did not judge anyone, you still knew for sure she was on our side. She was always available and that played such a huge part in making sure we went about everything the right way. Jamel went above and beyond what we ever expected the outcome would look like and we will be thanking her for a very long time. Our lives have changed drastically because of the successful outcome Jamel achieved for us. Jamel and her team will always be in our happy thoughts.” – Charlotte D.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ Abby McNelis is incredibly intelligent, spunky, tenacious, hard working and, while I didn’t see her litigate in the courtroom, I imagine she can be quite a pit bull—which is exactly what we need during this process. Abby, thank you beyond words for your help. I can’t express my gratitude nearly enough. I know you are extremely smart and I am glad you were on our side. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” – Dominique H.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ I have retained the services of Livesay and Myers for almost two years. Because I am out of state, all of my communication was done via email and phone, which was made to be much easier and more seamless than I ever anticipated. They were more than willing to answer any questions I had and I never felt left out of the loop or at a disadvantage because of only being able to communicate digitally. Thank you to Cambridge Baker, and paralegals Catherine Fu and Michelle Evans, for their hard work and dedication to my case!” – Barbara 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.