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:
Benjamin Carafiol is a senior family lawyer in Fredericksburg. An attorney since 2008, Mr. Carafiol has litigated every type of family law matter in the courts of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, including a large number of high asset divorce cases. As one of the leading military divorce lawyers in the firm, he is intimately familiar with the division of military retired pay and benefits in divorce. Mr. Carafiol was named a Super Lawyers Virginia Rising Star in 2016–2019 and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. He resides with his wife and daughter in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
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 and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. Ms. Patras resides in Fredericksburg.
Lindsay Connolly is a family law and divorce attorney in Fredericksburg. An attorney since 2010, she is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases. Originally from Milford, Massachusetts, Ms. Connolly graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in Newport, 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 resides in Fredericksburg.
These attorneys are supported in our Fredericksburg office by paralegals Ashley Constant and Mathew Hall.
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Our Fredericksburg Office
Our Fredericksburg office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. It is located at 303 Charlotte Street, just a block from the new courthouse in downtown Fredericksburg:
The following is a sampling of client reviews for the attorneys in our Fredericksburg office:
“★★★★★ Ben [Carafiol] was a great attorney. He was cordial during the consultation and intently listened to my concerns. In court he was well prepared. Citing cases that were indisputable and seemingly had the state’s attorney conceding to Ben in the matter before he finished his remarks. Ben is certainly worthy of referring to anyone needing a dependable, professional attorney to fight on their behalf.” – Brandon H.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ Absolutely phenomenal team to work with! I completed some online research for a Legal Separation and concluding Divorce, and Benjamin Carafiol’s name kept rising to the top of all listings. Now I know it was definitely for good reason. From the care and diligence of the initial phone call all the way through receiving the final divorce decree, Ben, Ashley, and his team were professional, responsive, and helpful in all ways. The expediency of the filings were above-par, and receipt of final original documentation, including a ‘next-steps’ listing of people/agencies to contact with changes, exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you for helping to always protect my interests and cover all of the logistical tasks associated with a Separation/Divorce.” – Sharon S.
“★★★★★ 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.
“★★★★★ I wanted to express my gratitude to Ben [Carafiol] and your team efforts and dedication to my case. Your professionalism and attention to detail made the process of my divorce less stressful. Even when I wanted to give up you and your team helped guide me and keep me on point. Your vast knowledge of divorce and military law/retirement helped me immensely. I personally recommend Ben Carafiol for anyone who needs a caring attorney. It was truly a pleasure working with you.” – Crystal W.
“★★★★★ In preparation for an uncontested divorce, I spoke with many lawyers but only the team Sarah Patras and Ashley Constant won my confidence. Every conversation left me feeling like I was the most important client they had. All questions were answered and I was never in the dark about what was happening next. I was blessed to have them on my team making an unpleasant situation bearable.” – Brent
“★★★★★ I normally do not do reviews but I have decided to take a moment and do one for Livesay and Myers. I highly recommend this firm. From my initial consultation to picking up my closing packet, they were exceptional, informative and handled my divorce in a timely manner. I honestly do not have a negative thing to say about them.” – Michelle M.
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.