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Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of family law, custody and divorce lawyers in Leesburg, representing clients in Leesburg, Ashburn, and all across Loudoun County.

Courts in Loudoun County differ significantly from those in surrounding jurisdictions. Loudoun courts have their own unique procedures, rules and expectations. From our office just two blocks from the Loudoun County Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, the family lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. practice in these courts every day. They know the local judges and the local system. And, each of our award-winning attorneys practice exclusively family law.

Our family lawyers in Leesburg are:
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Ariel Baniowski

Ariel Baniowski is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Leesburg. An attorney since 2012, Ms. Baniowski has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia. She is known as one of our firm’s most skilled trial attorneys. Ms. Baniowski was included in the 2021–2022 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Baniowski resides with her husband and two children in Loudoun County.

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Amanda Stone Swart

Amanda Stone Swart is a custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. An attorney since 2010, Ms. Stone Swart handles every type of family law matter, including a large number of high asset divorce cases. She is known as one of the more aggressive family lawyers in Leesburg. Ms. Stone Swart 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 currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Ms. Stone Swart resides with her husband and two daughters in Ashburn.

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Melannie Dino

Melannie Dino is a family law, custody and divorce lawyer in Leesburg. An attorney since 2001, Ms. Dino is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, with a special focus on contested divorce, custody and support cases. She holds the AV Preeminent rating (the highest possible rating) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named one of the Ten Leaders Under Age 45 in Matrimonial & Divorce Law in 2014. Ms. Dino also holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two children.

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Amanda Kimble

Amanda Kimble is a Leesburg divorce, custody and family lawyer. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Loudoun County. Ms. Kimble is well known in the legal community for her commanding presence in the courtroom. She earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 2007, after graduating magna cum laude from George Mason University in 2004. Ms. Kimble was included in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for her work in Family Law. She was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019–2021. She also holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

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Cara Wallace

Cara Wallace is a Leesburg family law and divorce attorney. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout throughout Loudoun County. 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 Leesburg office by paralegals Gigi Stanley, Danielle Humiston and Sara Weber.

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Our attorneys represent clients from every part of Loudoun County, including Leesburg, Ashburn, Brambleton, Sterling, South Riding, Potomac Falls, Purcellville, Round Hill, Middleburg, Waterford, Lovettsville and Aldie, and all of Northern Virginia.

Our office is located at 113 E Market St #110 in Leesburg, just one block from the Loudoun County Courthouse:

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The following is a sampling of client reviews for our family lawyers in Leesburg:


Ariel Baniowski and her paralegal, Tatyana Spurgeon were phenomenal. Ariel Baniowski expertly prepared and litigated my case. You could talk to 1,000 attorneys and you’d be lucky to find 3 or 4 that possess the kind of passion, zeal, work ethic, and competence that Ariel has. She works like a machine. She values time and your dollar. She argues with the perfect balance of logic, passion, and confidence. She is incredibly intelligent. If you’re lucky enough to work with her, feel confident that you have one of the best in the business. Most importantly to me, I always had the feeling that Ariel and Tatyana were as invested in my case as I was. I didn’t feel that they were merely representing me. I truly felt that we were all in it together, standing shoulder to shoulder as part of the same fight. They were more than a legal team. They were a support system. Finally, Ariel never told me what I wanted to hear just because I wanted to hear it. She always told me exactly what she thought was right. She’s not in it to be a people pleaser. She’s in it to win your case. I can’t thank Ariel, Tatyana, and Livesay and Myers enough for what they’ve accomplished for me and I highly recommend their services if you are going through a difficult time like I was.

– Andrew


Two years ago, I went to Livesay and Myers and met Amanda Stone Swart. Without getting into all the details, Amanda assisted me with some very complex custody, visitation, and divorce matters. In my many years of experience with the legal system, I have never met a more competent, compassionate, procedurally correct lawyer. The issues that I needed litigated would have been put at risk if it wasn’t for Amanda’s experience and knowledge as an attorney. Amanda, Ms. Humiston, and their firm assisted me with the custody of my children, my divorce, and navigated some complex laws that were relevant to litigating my case. The result, sole legal and physical custody of my children. I don’t state this to brag, I state this because when the matter at stake involves children and significant property, retaining an attorney that follows procedural law is critical. Amanda understood the discretion of many matters and she proved to be an instrumental asset in my case. If you’re looking for representation to litigate family law matters, I highly recommend Amanda Stone Swart, you will not be disappointed. Amanda’s effort, competence and knowledge as a family law attorney, her sensitivity and discretion, her ability to explain and communicate the truth and reality of the law to her client was essential to my sanity through this process. Additionally, my case required additional resources to navigate some complex issues regarding the opposing party and Livesay and Myers was equipped to support these needs. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of my case as she always put my children first in this matter. Amanda Stone-Swart is a capable, skilled expert in family law.

– Howard W.


After receiving a letter from an attorney stating separation and divorce proceedings were forthcoming I clearly felt in need of legal representation. I went online calling Livesay Myers. This was a random choice as I acted impulsively, having no experience with and sought no referrals as to securing an attorney to stand with me. As it turned out I could not have made a better choice had I spent days researching numerous firms. Melannie Dino took me through the entire procedure with great professionalism, knowledge and compassion. I was especially appreciative with her prompt responses to my questions/concerns (there were many) which served to keep me grounded and moving forward to a successive conclusion. I am truly grateful to Melannie [and to her staff]. Many thanks to all.

– Ron S.


Ariel Baniowski has done an outstanding job in representing me with professional legal guidance, support and strategy during my custody and child support hearings, concerning my infant daughter. While I originally sought an attorney that was similar to a Jack McCoy-style “Bull in the china shop,” Ariel proved to be different, but much preferred, to what I thought I wanted. She possessed the ability to not only listen to what I wanted, but integrate my desires into a coherent and sound legal strategy that provided me a with better result than first anticipated. She was both candid and forthright throughout the process, which allowed me to anticipate and understand the legal process and what was in store for me. I highly recommend Ariel, because not only does she care about your desires and what’s best for your child, she can stand her ground against opposing counsel. Livesay and Myers is a warm and inviting firm where you can feel that the entire staff from the receptionist to the paralegal is committed to helping you through your ordeal.

– Roslyn


Livesay and Myers P.C. have been great as a whole but I would like to especially thank Amanda Stone Swart and Danielle Humiston for all their hard work and dedication to me and my case. During my year and a half long child custody case I found myself calling in to speak to Amanda and just hearing her would calm my nerves. Dani was always quick to respond to any question or concern I had. Most importantly their hard work showed off in the courtroom and I won my case. Also Tracy in the front office was always upbeat and pleasant to see. Thanks again Livesay & Myers. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone.

– William H.


I would highly recommend Livesay and Myers for your legal needs. I would ask to deal with Melannie Dino. She’s tenacious and will make sure you get what you are entitled to. She handled my divorce and made it easier knowing I was being well taken care of. Questions were answered quickly and were explained with an answer that I could understand. I knew what was going on every step of the way.

– K. Hastings


You cannot do better than Ariel Baniowski. Understand that you are going through the most emotional time in your life. Hire her, trust her, and then allow her to do her job. She will not over-promise, will keep you grounded, and will deliver. She has experience with the system and knowledge of the law, but, above all, she has the knowledge of human behavior to give you the edge you probably desperately seek. I regret a lot of things connected to my divorce. Hiring her is the only thing I don’t regret.

– Michael


Ms. Amanda Stone Swart, Esq. of Livesay & Myers recently represented me in a complicated divorce action in Loudoun County involving abandonment. This was made more complex with my husband’s relocation outside of the US. Ms. Swart designed a strategy to accomplish a property settlement and divorce in a timely and cost effective manner. She and her paralegal Donna Fernandez kept in contact so I was never left wondering the status of my case or what the next action would be to achieve an equitable resolution. Amanda Stone Swart and her legal team were a bright light in an otherwise uncomfortable situation that had to be dealt with. I can’t thank them enough for their knowledge, professionalism, understanding and support. I highly recommend Amanda for anyone needing a family law attorney in Loudoun County, VA.

– Lindsay M.


Kudos to Melannie Dino for being the steady hand on the wheel through all of the unexpected twists and turns of my case. She caught critical details and closed loopholes that I would have regretted for years down the road. While I’d never wish it on anyone to go through a divorce process, I would gladly recommend Melannie to help you get across the finish line with your sanity and welfare intact!

– Demetrius D.

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