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 in our Fredericksburg office. An attorney since 2010, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. 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 currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. 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.
Nicole O’Neal is a divorce and family lawyer in Fredericksburg. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients across the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Originally from Rhode Island, Ms. O’Neal served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 2008–2015, completing two combat tours to Afghanistan. She graduated cum laude from Old Dominion University in 2015 (after completing all undergraduate coursework while on active duty). Ms. O’Neal then left the Navy and earned her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2018. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.
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.
Christopher Doyle is a Fredericksburg family law attorney. He practices exclusively family law, representing clients across the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Raised in New Jersey, Mr. Doyle earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, after graduating cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Before joining the firm, Mr. Doyle completed a one-year judicial circuit court clerkship, gaining valuable insight into how Virginia judges decide family law cases. Mr. Doyle currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. He resides with his wife in Northern Virginia.
Cambridge Baker is a Fredericksburg family law attorney. He practices exclusively family law, representing clients across the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Baker earned her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, after graduating from Elon University. Between college and law school, Ms. Baker worked in the field of wealth management, first in Boston, Massachusetts, and then in Washington, D.C. She currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. Ms. Baker resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Abby McNelis is a Fredericksburg family lawyer. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients across the Fredericksburg-Stafford area. Originally from Richmond, Ms. McNelis earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law, after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the firm, Ms. McNelis completed a one-year judicial circuit court clerkship, where she gained valuable insight into the judicial decision-making process in Virginia. Ms. McNelis currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia.
Jennifer Huchler is a Fredericksburg family law attorney. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania. Originally from Florida, Ms. Huchler earned her law degree cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., after graduating cum laude from Florida State University. Ms. Huchler currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia.
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.
“★★★★★ I would highly recommend Livesay and Myers as your divorce attorney. They facilitated my divorce a few years ago and when I was recently having issues with my ex-husband not abiding by our contract I had to re-hire them. That is when I met Nicole O’Neal and her paralegal Ashley Constant. These two ladies are an EXCELLENT team. They are professional and very responsive. It will not take them days to return a phone call or an email. If they did not have the answers to my questions they NEVER gave an answer of ‘I don’t know’! Their responses were timely, accurate and researched if they were unsure of their answer. Their follow through with you on any part of your case is hands down the BEST I have seen! On the day of court: Nicole was totally organized, prepared and professional, feisty and fierce and completely unafraid to do what was needed to win your case. This attorney will give you results. Don’t let her pretty face and small stature fool you—when it’s ‘go time’ just step out of her way and let her work—she won’t let you down!” – Kelly B.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ Nicole O’Neal and her paralegal are the best! I hired another attorney years ago for the same matter I went to Nicole with but never got resolved. I was always kept informed, any calls or emails were promptly responded to. I never felt like I was a burden, or my questions were stupid or repetitive. Each step was clearly explained to me and the process/next steps were always understood. Nicole and her paralegal never asked me to do ‘work’ that I hired them for, therefore I was able to leave the matter in their hands and not worry. Since family court can be expensive, they did everything to keep costs minimal and explain why things were being done BEFORE it was done. My input was valued and acknowledged. I would go back to Nicole and her paralegal for any family matters and NO OTHER attorney. I have already recommended her to another party. Even though we just completed my case, I was hesitant to let her go because she cares about her clients.” – Kristine S.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ I went to Livesay & Myers seeking help with custody, separation, and divorce. During my consultation I met with Mrs. Nicole O’Neal and was very impressed with her knowledge and drive to help me get my children back. Mrs. Nicole and Mr. Matthew her paralegal made me feel as if they devoted themselves to staying on top of my situation even going as far as to check on my situation after hours and on the weekends. They both displayed themselves with the highest level of professionalism of any lawyer/paralegal I have encountered. I would highly recommend this extremely capable team to anyone seeking help in custody, separation, and divorce matters.” – Zachery K.
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.