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Livesay & Myers, P.C. has a team of family law, custody and divorce lawyers in Manassas, representing clients in Manassas, Woodbridge and all across Prince William County.

The combined court system of Manassas-Prince William County differs significantly from jurisdictions like Fairfax County to the north or Stafford County to the south. From our office just two blocks from the Prince William County Judicial Center, 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 family lawyers in Manassas practice exclusively family law.

Our family lawyers in Manassas are:
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Jonathan McHugh

Jonathan McHugh is a lead senior associate, and one of the highest-rated family law attorneys in Prince William County. An attorney since 2012, Mr. McHugh has litigated every type of family law matter in Virginia, including high value equitable distribution cases. Mr. McHugh was included in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his work in Family Law. He has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2017, and currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia. Mr. McHugh resides with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.

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Joe Menze

Joe Menze is a senior associate in our Manassas office. An attorney since 2015, Mr. Menze has practiced exclusively family law since 2016. He is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases. Mr. Menze has successfully litigated a number of high conflict divorce matters. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mr. Menze earned his law degree from William & Mary Law School after graduating from Indiana University – Fort Wayne. Mr. Menze currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.

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Cara Wallace

Cara Wallace is a family law, custody and divorce lawyer in Manassas. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation, support and adoption cases throughout Manassas and Prince William County. Ms. Wallace earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law, after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Wallace currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia.

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Bethzabet Chavez

Bethzabet Chavez is a divorce and family law attorney in Manassas. She practices exclusively family law, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody and support cases throughout Manassas and Prince William County. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ms. Chavez earned her B.A. from the University of Houston. She then served for 10 years as a U.S. Army Military Intelligence Officer, before earning her law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. Ms. Chavez currently holds a perfect 10.0 rating from Justia. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

These attorneys are supported in our Manassas office by paralegals Taryn Arp, Tammy Scott and Tanema Scholl.

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Our Manassas Office

Our attorneys serve Manassas and all of Prince William County, including Woodbridge, Dale City, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Haymarket, Gainesville, Nokesville, as well as Fauquier and surrounding areas.

Our Manassas office is open between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday–Friday. It is located at 9408 Grant Avenue in Manassas, Virginia, just two blocks from the Prince William County Judicial Center:

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The following is a sampling of client reviews for our family law attorneys in Manassas:


I was fortunate to locate the best team – hands down. Seeking an uncontested divorce while serving in the military was a simple matter for my attorney Jonathan McHugh and his paralegals. A life changing event was made calm that guaranteed my peace of mind. The team’s transparency in all matters and their expeditiousness resulted in a successful outcome that benefited all parties. The documentation requirements were made simple compared to online, do-it-yourself sites. The firm was never late, always prompt, and I never felt like I was hanging on for information. Any and all questions I had were answered in full with professionalism and respect from the Livesay & Myers Law Firm. This firm served as the best and most viable option; I truly lucked out in stumbling upon the best law firm that Northern Virginia has to offer. There is no question I would recommend Mr. McHugh and his team to anyone needing legal assistance!

– Chris C.


I retained Joe Menze of Livesay & Myers, P.C. to represent me in a visitation case. The fight for my grandparent rights to see my grandson was extremely important to me and very emotional. The services provided by my attorney Joe Menze and paralegal Tammy Scott were exceptional! They were very responsive to my questions and promptly replied to my emails or returned my calls. Due to their diligence and dedication to my case, I now have a visitation schedule filed with the courts and regularly see my grandson to include overnight visits. They brought joy back into my life!

– Melannie


A divorce is never a pleasant experience, however, the Livesay & Myers law group made the process as easy as possible. My attorney Cara Wallace and her paralegal Taryn Arp were communicative and efficient through the whole process. They are the best in the business and I highly recommend them.

– Lee K.


I had an excellent experience with Beth Chavez and her paralegal Tanema Scholl. They helped me get custody of my son. Beth was fantastic with helping me make decisions and pointing me in the right direction. I would highly recommend this duo for any custody case.

– Caitlyn H.


I contacted Livesay & Myers after searching the web for military divorce attorneys in Virginia. My divorce was complicated and I needed someone to start resolving the little obstacles and concentrate on the larger issues. I met with Jonathan McHugh for a consultation. He was patient, extremely professional and thorough and made me feel at ease that all my issues would be resolved in a timely manner. Jonathan’s knowledge of the military and estate issues was extensive. After 24 years of abuse, Jonathan, along with his paralegal helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both of them were quick to respond to any inquiries I had. I felt very comfortable being represented by Livesay & Myers, as I now know personally that Attorney Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal, Tatyana, fought and succeeded in every aspect of my divorce. Even after the divorce was final, Jonathan and Tatyana continued to be attentive to all the financial details that needed to be followed up to conclusion. I feel very comfortable in recommending their services to anyone who needs to accomplish a positive end result from a difficult situation.

– Karen H.


I cannot say enough great things about this firm. Joe Menze, my attorney, was very professional, responsive, accommodating, and my case outcome was the best possible outcome. The entire team was very helpful and explained everything. When I had questions I could easily get answers and always was able to reach someone on the phone or by email. What was a difficult and emotional time they showed compassion and understanding. I highly recommend this firm and would definitely use them again.

– Nikki H.


I interviewed several attorney offices before I found Livesay and Myers. I had instant peace of mind after speaking to my attorney Cara Wallace. She and her paralegal Taryn Arp are quite the pair. I am so glad I went with that “gut feeling” that I was in good hands. I knew the year ahead was going to be like nothing I had ever gone through before. Cara spoke in an effortlessly soothing manner that told me she really had my back. From start to finish. Although I don’t plan on going through another divorce, I certainly would not hesitate to return for their services. I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn’t charged an enormous fee, because what they did for me was worth more than what my fees were, of which they are upfront about. So if you want a professional team to get the job done right, make Livesay and Myers your first; or at least your final call. This company is excellent! P.S. My team even sent well wishes at the end of my journey. Thank you so very much!

– Kay R.


Of all the law firms I could have chosen to help me protect my rights as a parent, Livesay & Myers was the best bet! They were very attentive from the beginning and were able to pivot with me when circumstances changed. The staff was professional and courteous and Beth Chavez, my lawyer, was compassionate, realistic, and wasted no time. My situation was resolved within a few weeks and I’m 100% satisfied. If I were to ever need a lawyer again, Livesay & Myers will be my first stop!

– Melissa W.


Divorce is not something you can really prepare for. There are lot of considerations and though you think you’ve thought of them all, rest assured you haven’t. Jonathan McHugh and his paralegal were both supportive and made me realize some realities. I wanted to just get it done, but Mr. McHugh made me realize that it wasn’t just me that I was preparing this new phase of my life. Since the children were going to reside with me he researched the child support and figured the numbers that were fair based on our incomes. He also showed the options available to me based on what our circumstances in regard to the divorce, but also respected my decision in the matter. One can hope that you get a team like I did to help you through this. Just because you pay top dollar for an attorney that everyone recommends doesn’t mean you will receive what feels like personal care on a one on one basis. Sometimes the ‘top dollar’ legal team is the one that gives you that ‘top dollar’ attention.

– Terence K.


I had a great experience with Joe Menze as my divorce attorney. He and his paralegal, Ms. Scott, we’re available to answer questions and provide updates from start to finish. I have no reservations in recommending this firm.

– Angie Y.


I hired Livesay & Myers to assist with my divorce/custody battle and I could not have been happier with the results. Thanks to the magnificent legal advice from Cara Wallace and Taryn Arp, I was able to settle my divorce with primary physical custody to my 5-year-old son. They were very attentive to my needs and always available for advice. I highly recommend this firm!

– Christian M.


Atty. Beth Chavez is so easy to work with. She takes her job seriously, is passionate about the case and communicates effectively with her client. She made my life easy, took her time for me to understand the case status and process. She has patience, took diligence of the paperwork and presented herself in court very professionally.​ ​She is definitely highly recommended to all my friends, family or whoever I might come across if they need a lawyer to represent their case.

– JD

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