Fredericksburg Family & Divorce Lawyers
Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of family law, custody and divorce lawyers in Fredericksburg, representing clients in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania and surrounding jurisdictions.
Courts in the Fredericksburg-Stafford area differ significantly from those in the larger jurisdictions to the north. The practices, procedures and expectations of courts in these jurisdictions are not always written down somewhere in a book. Many of them are learned only through years of experience in the courts and before certain judges. Our attorneys in Fredericksburg practice in these courts every day—they know the local judges and the local system.
Our family lawyers in Fredericksburg are:
Lindsay Connolly is a senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Fredericksburg. An attorney since 2010, she has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. Originally from Massachusetts, Ms. Connolly graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. She then earned her law degree from David A. Clarke Law School in Washington, D.C., graduating summa cum laude and the top female in her class. Ms. Connolly was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She resides in Fredericksburg.
Sarah Patras is a custody and divorce lawyer in Fredericksburg. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in divorce, custody and support cases throughout the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Originally from Iowa, Ms. Patras relocated to Virginia to attend the University of Richmond School of Law. After law school, Ms. Patras clerked for one year for a Virginia Circuit Court judge before joining Livesay & Myers, P.C. She was named a Super Lawyers Virginia Rising Star in 2019–2020 and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. Ms. Patras resides in Fredericksburg.
Jasmine Moore is a family law and divorce attorney in Fredericksburg. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases across the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Ms. Moore worked as a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Works in Fredericksburg from 2017–2020 before joining Livesay & Myers, P.C. Originally from North Carolina, she earned her law degree from Charlotte School of Law, after graduating cum laude from Fayetteville State University. Ms. Moore currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Fredericksburg.
Teresa Pagliaro is a divorce and family lawyer in Fredericksburg. An attorney since 2002, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia. Originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Ms. Pagliaro earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law, after graduating from Georgetown University. She is a qualified and experienced guardian ad litem in Virginia. Ms. Pagliaro also has a certification in collaborative divorce practice in Virginia. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. Ms. Pagliaro resides in Fredericksburg.
Maria Zamayar is a Fredericksburg family law, custody and divorce attorney. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Zamayar earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Georgia State University. Ms. Zamayar currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Jennifer Huchler is a Fredericksburg divorce, custody and family lawyer. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Originally from Florida, Ms. Huchler earned her law degree cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., after graduated cum laude from Florida State University. Ms. Huchler currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia.
Elizabeth Dwyer is a Fredericksburg family law and divorce attorney. An attorney since 2011, Ms. Dwyer has extensive litigation experience in the courts of Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Her practice covers every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases. Originally from Montgomery County, Maryland, Ms. Dwyer earned her law degree from Ave Maria School of Law, after graduating cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
Cara Wallace is a Fredericksburg divorce, custody and family lawyer. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout throughout the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Ms. Wallace graduated from The Pennsylvania State University before earning her law degree from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Wallace currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
These attorneys are supported in our Fredericksburg office by paralegals Ashley Constant, Mathew Hall, Reba Gagne and Davina Locklear.
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Our Fredericksburg Office
Our Fredericksburg office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. It is located at 303 Charlotte Street, just a block from the courthouse in downtown Fredericksburg:
The following is a sampling of client reviews for the attorneys in our Fredericksburg office:
“★★★★★ I retained Lindsay Connolly to handle a divorce with custody that was finalized June 2020. We didn’t have lots of assets to fight over but my ex husband was very, very difficult to work with. Lindsay was the absolute best help to get me through this mess! She provided expert guidance and advice helping me make the right decisions & she stayed on top of things even when I was otherwise distracted myself. She never let the process stall out—even during the middle of a pandemic! Everyone at her firm—the paralegals & other support staff were similarly wonderful. Thanks to her I am happily divorced & highly recommend her services.” – Angela L.
“★★★★★ This law firm never stops working for you. Sarah Patras was our attorney in a Family case where a lot of paperwork was involved and a lot of serious issues and inaccurate information needed to be addressed. Ms. Patras was optimistic from the beginning and gave us the confidence to move forward even when some other issues came up. Their paralegal Ashley Constant was always available even when Ms. Patras was tied up and they both stayed in constant communication throughout the entire ordeal. I could not be happier with the representation of Ms. Patras or the assistance of Ms. Constant. If you have a family law case you could not ask for a better fighter to stand up for you in court or with DSS. Livesay and Myers will truly fight to win your case and keep in contact every step of the way. This is a law firm you can trust. Thank you Sarah and Ashley and thank you Livesay and Myers.” – Stephen C.
“★★★★★ Jasmine Moore is truly an outstanding attorney. She has a beautiful spirit, fierce nature, and is a true go getter; she was made for this. Ms. Moore represented me in custody/visitation and child support cases. Ms. Moore was super attentive and communicative (she made it feel as though I was her only client). Ms. Moore left no stone unturned and always went above and beyond in representing and advocating for me (and my baby girls). Ms. Moore presented as confident and no nonsense. Ms. Moore’s emotional intelligence is unmatched; she maintains poise and focus at all times. This was of immeasurable value in my extremely high conflict cases. She was just what my family needed. You can count on Ms. Moore being professional, knowledgeable, committed, honest, organized, detail-oriented, proactive, resourceful. She’s in it to win it from the beginning to the end; Ms. Moore is a true champion of justice. I am forever thankful that she was my attorney.” – S.R. Winters
“★★★★★ Teresa Pagliaro has been my attorney for both my divorce and again when I needed to have two amendments addressed. She is extremely intelligent, professional, and exactly who you need during these stressful situations to keep your head where it should be. She is very knowledgeable and will always fight for what is best for the child(ren) and for what is right. If I ever need an attorney again in the future she will be the first person I call.” – Emily W.
“★★★★★ I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this firm. I had the privilege of working with Lindsay Connolly and her paralegal Matthew Hall and words cannot describe how thankful I am for them and all of their dedication and hard work. I hired Lindsay for a difficult custody case. She was always upfront, professional, organized, punctual, and determined to do everything in her power to make sure I received custody of my children. Truthfully, it’s disappointing to know our time has come to an end (as thankful as I am that it is). However, I can confidently say I would trust and recommend Lindsay to take on any case involving child custody and/or child support. I can’t thank her and Matt enough for giving me the peace of mind I was so desperately searching and praying for. If you’re looking for an attorney that is willing to go above and beyond and genuinely cares for their client, this is your woman!” – Casey L.
“★★★★★ I hired Sarah Patras for my divorce. The same day I hired her, Ms. Sarah and her paralegal Ashley Constant started on my case, clarifying each step to me and following the progress of my case in the court system and emailing me about it daily. I did not have time to be stressed as they do not leave you in the dark waiting for what will happen next. I give them all my respect for the professional way they deal with their clients.” – L.S.A.
“★★★★★ Jasmine Moore was absolutely professional, yet compassionate. She took great care in helping me understand and feel confident through a very trying time for me. I was comfortable working with her and she did her best to make sure of that. I am so thankful for Ms. Moore!” – Carmen F.
“★★★★★ Teresa Pagliaro exhibited only professionalism towards myself and spouse, during our initial session with her. From that point on, I observed only patience with gathering and presenting all pertinent information required to move my divorce proceedings to completion. I genuinely appreciated the patience shown from her, especially in these difficult and trying personal times of today. Job well done.” – Jerry C.
“★★★★★ I hired Lindsay Connolly for a divorce case and a protective order case. I was in a really bad place when I came to Lindsay—I was fighting false allegations of family abuse. She was able to help me through my divorce, retaining my visitation rights, and got the protective order dismissed. I really thought things were hopeless but after working with her she was able to show the courts what was really going on. She was always mindful of what she was billing me and tried to save me money where she could. She underpromised and overdelivered every time. If you’re going through a divorce, hire her.” – Robert L.
“★★★★★ I hired Sarah Patras in regards to a Property Settlement and Custody Agreement, as well as my divorce. Sarah, as well as paralegal Ashley Constant did a fantastic job! They were both very easy to get in contact with, whether by phone or email, always answered my questions thoroughly, and assisted greatly in getting my divorce finalized in a timely manner. I highly recommend both of them!” – Brooke K.
“★★★★★ The attorney (Jasmine Moore) listened to our concerns and provided a well-rounded, professional opinion and strategy that resulted in the best outcome of our case. The attorney was trustworthy, easy to communicate with, and quick to respond to any questions or concerns. The attorney was compassionate and understanding throughout the process. We would definitely work with the attorney and/or law office again.” – Kelly 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.