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 2017, 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 lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Fairfax. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Grant handles every type of family law matter, including a large number of high asset divorce cases. She is also one of the leading military divorce lawyers in Virginia. Ms. Grant was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2017, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Grant 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.
Shirin Afsous is a senior associate in our Fairfax office, practicing exclusively family law. Ms. Afsous has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including a large number of contested divorce cases. She is known as one of our firm’s most skilled litigators. Ms. Afsous was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019–2020, and holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Afsous also won the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award in 2020. She resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Jamel Rowe is a senior associate in our Fairfax office, practicing exclusively family law. An attorney since 2013, Ms. Rowe has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Fairfax County, including high value equitable distribution cases and military divorce cases. She is also one of the leading adoption lawyers in Northern Virginia. Ms. Rowe was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2020, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Rowe resides in Fairfax.
Maria Zamayar is a family law, custody and divorce attorney in Fairfax. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Zamayar graduated from Georgia State University before earning her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Zamayar currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Jennifer Huchler is a family law and divorce attorney in our Fairfax office. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. Originally from Florida, Ms. Huchler graduated cum laude from Florida State University before graduating cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Huchler currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia.
Emily Neuhausen is a family law, custody and divorce attorney in Fairfax. An attorney since 2012, she has practiced exclusively family law her entire career. Ms. Neuhausen is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. She is also one of the most experienced adoption lawyers in our firm. Ms. Neuhausen is a Fairfax County native—born in Alexandria and raised in Clifton, Virginia. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Elizabeth Dwyer is a family law and divorce attorney in our Fairfax office. An attorney since 2011, Ms. Dwyer has extensive litigation experience in the courts of Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Her practice covers every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Originally from Montgomery County, Maryland, Ms. Dwyer graduated cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville before earning her law degree from Ave Maria School of Law. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
These attorneys are supported in our Fairfax office by paralegals Brenda Membreno, Rossimar Membreno, Tatyana Spurgeon and Teresa Graham.
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.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ I cannot praise Livesay and Myers, P.C. enough. I engaged the firm to handle my separation and divorce. (This was after parting ways with another law firm because I did not feel satisfied with their service.) Jamel Rowe, Esq. and Brenda Moreno, Paralegal, both of whom I worked with for several months, are the consummate professionals. Drafts of documents and filings were flawless. Communication was always not only timely, but also very pleasant, even in tense situations with tight timeframes. I could tell that Ms. Rowe put a major effort into reviewing a mountain of case data because she had immediate recall of specific facts and their relevance. Most impressive was Ms. Rowe’s handling of the case during the trial: she had command of the facts and used them effectively; she presented a clear case, emphasizing precisely what I had suggested; and the judge openly praised her ‘accurate and appropriate’ use of the property distribution forms. My recommendation: definitely talk to them about your needs.” – Robert
“★★★★★ Jennifer Huchler and her paralegal Taryn Arp were very helpful in helping me put together my divorce paperwork, did a great job of explaining things, and were very responsive despite the current COVID situation. I would recommend them to anyone!!” – Raleigh B.
“★★★★★ Emily Neuhausen assisted me in a complex custody litigation matter. Her work was not just accurate and high quality, but strategic and thoughtful. She assisted in not just legal areas but in family counseling and child development; an area which most attorneys overlook. I truly felt like Ms. Neuhausen cared about the outcome for my child and family making a painful process more tolerable. She has the aptitude of seasoned skill and experience with the perspective of a new parent. Would highly recommend.” – Aaron
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ 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.
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.