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Livesay & Myers, P.C.


The divorce attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. represent clients in Manassas, Woodbridge, Prince William County, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Fairfax and Fairfax County, Alexandria, Arlington, and all of Northern Virginia.


The lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. are experienced in handling every sort of family law matter in the Commonwealth of Virginia

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Military divorce
  • Civilian divorce
  • Child Custody And Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Separation Agreements
  • Protective Orders
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Annulments
  • Adoptions
  • Name Changes

ATTORNEYS

James Livesay

woodbridge va attorney james livesayAttorney James Livesay is the lead Family Law attorney at Livesay&Myers, P.C. He is also a frequent contributor to the Livesay&Myers, P.C. Blog, where he has written on various topics in Virginia family law.

After graduating from the prestigious University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, Mr. Livesay served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps from 1998-2001, where he received the Award for Trial Advocacy from The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Military Affairs and Justice, in 1998. He went on to receive Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals in 2000 and 2001 (Gold Star in Lieu of Second Award).

Along with partner Kevin Myers, Mr. Livesay formed Livesay&Myers, P.C. in 2003, when the firm opened its first office in Woodbridge, Virginia. The firm has grown steadily since, and now encompasses a team of lawyers and paralegals across offices in Fredericksburg, Fairfax and Manassas, Virginia.

Drawing on his experience as a Navy JAG officer, James Livesay established the Military divorce section of the firm in 2003 and has guided it since that time. His article, "Treatment of Disability Pay in Military divorce," has been published on a number of online divorce websites, including divorce Headquarters, and Womansdivorce.com.

In 2006, Mr. Livesay received the prestigious BV® Peer Review Rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. The BV rating is the maximum rating a lawyer can receive who has been admitted to the bar from 5-9 years. [*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.]

James Livesay resides in Fredericksburg with his wife and three children. You can follow him on Google+ for the latest information on family law, divorce, criminal defense and immigration law.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar, 1998
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2006
U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Professional Experience:
Livesay&Myers, P.C., Partner, 2003 - Present
Osborne|Craig, P.L.C., Manassas, Virginia, Associate Attorney, 2001 - 2003
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia, Assistant Force Judge Advocate, 2000 - 2001
Navy Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, Defense Counsel, 1999 - 2000

Education
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1998 (Member, Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of Law and Politics)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1995 (Recipient, Virginia Tech Joseph Bernd Award, Best Paper in Political Science, 1995)

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Military Officers Association of America, 2003 - Present
Fredericksburg Area Bar Association, 2004 - Present
University of Virginia Alumni Association, 2003 - Present
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section), 1998 - Present

Born: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Email: James D. Livesay



Matthew H. Smith

woodbridge va attorney james livesayAttorney Matthew Smith practices exclusively Family Law at Livesay & Myers, P.C. He works out of the firm's office in Fairfax, Virginia, and represents clients all across Northern Virginia.

Mr. Smith is the attorney in the firm most experienced in navigating the Fairfax County family courts. He has experience with every type of family law matter in the courts of Fairfax, Prince William and surrounding jurisdictions, including divorce, equitable distribution, support, and custody cases.

One of the firm's most knowledgeable Military divorce lawyers, Matthew Smith is intimately familiar with issues of military retirement, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, the Survivor Benefit Plan, disability pay, and the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2006
District of Columbia, 2007

Professional Memberships and Associations:
American Bar Association, 2006 - Present
Arlington County Bar Association, 2005 - Present
Fairfax Bar Association, 2005 - Present
Prince William County Bar Association, 2011 - Present

Professional Experience:
Livesay & Myers, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2010 - Present
Condo Kelly & Byrnes, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2005 - 2010

Legal Writing:
Matthew Smith Blog

Law School: American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2005

Honors and Activities:
Women and the Law Clinical Program; Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; Students United Juvenile Justice Tutor Program.

College: University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2002

Honors and Activities:
Awarded academic scholarship by Notre Dame for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 years; selected for admission to Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society; accepted to the Notre Dame London Program, Fall 2000;
University Student Senator;
Copy Editor for student newspaper;
Assistant Coordinator for Senator Hillary Clinton's Senatorial Campaign Stop in Jamestown, N.Y.;
Intern in the Office of Senator Charles Schumer.

Born:Washington, D.C.

Email: Matthew H. Smith

Benjamin Carafiol

woodbridge va attorney ben carafiolAttorney Ben Carafiol practices exclusively Family Law at the Fredericksburg office of Livesay & Myers, P.C.

As one of the leading Military divorce lawyers in the firm, Mr. Carafiol is intimately familiar with issues of military retirement, the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, the Survivor Benefit Plan, disability pay, and the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act. He has written extensively on these topics for the Military divorce Section of our blog.

Ben Carafiol resides with his wife in Dumfries, Virginia, and works primarily out of the firm's Fredericksburg office.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Virginia Bar Association
American Bar Association
Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association

Legal Writing:
Ben Carafiol

Law School:
Wake Forest University School of Law

Honors and Activities:
Wake Forest Law Review.

College:
College of William & Mary

Honors and Activities:
Graduated cum laude; received the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Second Congressional District, Missouri; Monroe Scholar, The College of William and Mary; Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society; Golden Key International Honour Society.

Born: St. Louis, Missouri

Email: Benjamin Carafiol


Danielle I. Snead

woodbridge va attorney tina saundersAttorney Danielle Snead practices exclusively Family Law at Livesay & Myers, P.C. She works out of the firm's offices in Fredericksburg, Virginia, representing clients in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and surrounding areas. Ms. Snead began honing her courtroom skills at Spelman College, where she was co-captain of the Mock Trial Team. Ms. Snead's growth as a trial lawyer continued in law school, where she was a finalist in the Carrico Moot Court Competition and completed a course in Advanced Trial Practice. While in law school Ms. Snead discovered her love of family law, earning the University of Richmond School of Law Family Law Certificate while also serving in the Family Law Society.

Now one of the rising stars at Livesay&Myers, P.C., Ms. Snead combines her relentless work ethic with a passion for family law and natural ability in the courtroom, to provide zealous and dedicated representation to each and every client.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Fredericksburg Area Bar Association

Law School:
University of Richmond School of Law, graduated cum laude

Honors and Activities:
Richmond Merit Scholarship Recipient; Alternative Dispute Resolution - Board Member; Carrico Moot Court - Board Member and Competition Finalist; Family Law Certificate Recipient; Carrico Pro Bono Award Recipient; CALI Award Recipient, Employment Law; CALI Award Recipient, Advanced Trial Practice; Multi-Cultural Law Student Association, Secretary; Family Law Society, Hospitality Chair; Career Services Advisory Committee.

College:
Spelman College, graduated magna cum laude

Honors and Activities:
Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society; Golden Key Honors Society; Riversville Scholarship Recipient; Dean's List consecutively; Yale Law School Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow; Mock Trial, Co-Captain; Phi Alpha Delta, Recruitment Chair.

Born: San Antonio, TX

Email: Danielle I. Snead

Ariel Baniowski

woodbridge va attorney Ariel BaniowskiAriel Baniowski is one of the most experienced Family Law attorneys at Livesay & Myers. She is an aggressive advocate for those undergoing separation, divorce, or custody proceedings in Northern Virginia. Ms. Baniowski combines a tireless work ethic with years of experience in family law and a passion for helping people through difficult circumstances.

Ms. Baniowski embodies the core principle followed by our family lawyers: hard work wins cases. To say that she is a hard worker is an understatement. Ms. Baniowski worked as a family law paralegal at a law firm in Fairfax for five years while she went through college and then law school. She also worked as a research assistant to a family law professor while completing her third year of law school and continuing to work in a law firm. Ms. Baniowski then brought that work ethic and extensive knowledge of Virginia family law into her practice as a family law attorney.

Ms. Baniowski's work ethic and drive are unmatched. Combined with that are her years of experience in family law and passion for helping people through separation, divorce and custody cases. Ms. Baniowski has seen every type of family law matter in Virginia, and works tirelessly on behalf of her clients to achieve the best possible results in each and every case.

Ariel Baniowski is a resident of Vienna, Virginia. She works out of the firm's offices in Manassas and Fairfax, Virginia, and represents clients all across Northern Virginia. She was born in Washington, D.C.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Associations:
American Bar Association (Family Law Section)
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Prince William County Bar Association

Legal Writing:
Ariel Baniowski Blog

Education:
Law School: George Mason University School of Law
College: George Mason University, graduated summa cum laude
Honors and Activities: Dean's List; Honors Program in General Education; Honors Program in General Education New Student Mentor; National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Mason Chapter; GMU Triathlon Club Team Participant

Email: Ariel Baniowski

Carolyn Eaton

woodbridge va attorney Carolyn EatonCarolyn Eaton is a senior associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, practicing exclusively family law. She is one of several Manassas divorce lawyers at the firm, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and support cases throughout Manassas, Prince William County and Northern Virginia.

As a certified Guardian Ad Litem for children, Ms. Eaton's practice has a special focus on cases involving child custody, visitation and support issues.

Ms. Eaton has almost twenty years of legal experience. She graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1994, and began her legal career a year later when she helped establish the family law practice of a boutique law firm in Texas. After moving to Virginia in 1997, Ms. Eaton worked first as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in the Hampton Roads area, before moving to Richmond to work as an attorney for the division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE).

Ms. Eaton served as legal counsel to DCSE from 1999-2006. In that position, she litigated child support cases in eight jurisdictions across Virginia. Ms. Eaton also served on the legislative committee responsible for reviewing and tracking new bills related to child support and Temporary Aid to Needy Families during General Assembly sessions.

In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Eaton brings a wealth of life experience to her family law practice. She is the mother of two adult children and three grandchildren. Originally from North Carolina, she raised her children in Texas before moving back to the east coast (Virginia) after her youngest daughter finished high school.

Carolyn Eaton resides in Northern Virginia, and works out of the firm's office in Manassas.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia, 1997
Texas, 1995
District of Columbia, 2008
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2003
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2003

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Prince William County Bar Association

Education:
Law School: Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D.
College: University of Texas at Arlington, B.F.A.

Email: Carolyn Eaton

Jonathan McHugh

woodbridge va attorney Jonathan McHughJonathan McHugh is an associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, practicing exclusively family law. He is one of several Manassas divorce lawyers at the firm, representing clients in separation, divorce, custody, visitation and represents clients in Leesburg, Loudoun County and all across Northern Virginia.

Jonathan McHugh was born in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Northern Virginia in 2005 after graduating cum laude from Wake Forest University a year earlier. He then worked for 3 ½ years as a consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. In that capacity he served exclusively clients in the federal government, including the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army.

Mr. McHugh moved on from his consulting work to attend Catholic University Columbus School of Law. During law school, he completed two different internships in the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. Mr. McHugh also worked as a certified student attorney with the Families and the Law Clinic in law school, representing victims of domestic violence in D.C. Superior Court.

After graduating from law school in 2011, Mr. McHugh practiced family law for over two years at a law firm in Vienna, Virginia. In that position, he gained tremendous experience with every type of family law matter in the courts of Northern Virginia, including a large number of contested divorce, custody, child and spousal support cases.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts Mr. McHugh resides in Northern Virginia, and works in the Leesburg office of Livesay&Myers.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Prince William County Bar Association
Fairfax County Bar Association

Education:
Law School: The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Honors and Activities: Legal intern with the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C.; certified student attorney with the Families and the Law Clinic.
College: Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude

Past Experience:
Fite, O'Brien & Anderson, LTD., Associate Attorney (Family Law), 2011-2014

Email: John McHugh

David Marquardt

fiarfax va attorney david marquardtSenior associate attorney David Marquardt practices family law exclusively at Livesay&Myers, P.C. He is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Mr. Marquardt works in the firm's Fairfax office, and represents clients in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington and all across Northern Virginia.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Richmond in 2001, Mr. Marquardt earned his Juris Doctor in 2004 from the University of Miami School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Marquardt has written articles for numerous legal publications, including the Virginia Lawyer and the newsletter for the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, The Advocate.

Mr. Marquardt resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three children.

Honors and Awards:
Virginia Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2012-2015

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar, 2005
Maryland State Bar, 2006
District of Columbia Bar, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 2009
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2014
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 2014
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section), 2005-Present
Fairfax Bar Association (Circuit Court Committee, Law Related Education Committee), 2011-Present
Bar Association of Montgomery County, 2008-Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2011-Present
Fairfax Law Foundation (Fellow), 2014-Present
Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2010-2011)
American Inns of Court, Montgomery County Chapter (2008-2009)

Professional Experience:
Livesay & Myers, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2015-Present
The Duff Law Firm, Associate Attorney, 2011-2015
Marquardt Law Firm, P.C., Owner/Managing Partner, 2010-2011
Hecht & Associates, L.L.C., Associate Attorney, 2009-2010
Law Offices of Cheryl Lynn Hepfer, Associate Attorney, 2008-2009
Masterman & Graham, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2006-2008

Published:
Celebrity Client, Celebrity Lawyer?, published in Virginia Lawyer, The Official Publication of the Virginia State Bar (October, 2007)
Navigating the Initial Client Interview: Seven Tips for Criminal Defense Attorneys, published in The Advocate - the Official Publication of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (Spring 2011)

Speaking Engagements:
Virginia Bar Association Stop the Violence Continuing Legal Education, Instructor
Fairfax Bar Association Circuit Court Tour Program, Guide
Montgomery County Public Schools Career Day, Speaker
Fairfax County Public Schools, Attorney Speaker

Education:
Law School:University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2004
College: University of Richmond, B.A., 2001

Born: Washington, D.C.

Email: David Marquardt

Caitlyn S. Stubbs

woodbridge va attorney james livesayCaitlyn Stubbs will be joining the Fredericksburg office of Livesay&Myers, P.C. on January 26, 2015. She will practice exclusively Family Law, representing clients in Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and the Fredericksburg area.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar
U.S. Court, Eastern District of Virginia
United States Bankruptcy Court, Alexandria Division

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Bar Association
Prince William County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
Old Dominion Bar Association

Law School:Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduated cum laude

Honors and Activities:
Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Senior Associate Editor; Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity, Percy J. Power Senate, President and Treasurer; John W. Hanks Award.

College:Shippensburg University

Honors and Activities:
Alpha Phi International Women's Fraternity

Email: Caitlyn S. Stubbs

Laila Raheen

fiarfax va attorney laila raheenLaila Raheen is an associate attorney at Livesay&Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Ms. Raheen works in the firm's Fairfax office, and represents clients in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington and all across Northern Virginia.

Originally from Canada, Ms. Raheen is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law (cum laude) and the University of Toronto (with honors). She is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Maryland.

Laila Raheen resides with her husband in Northern Virginia.

Bar Admissions:
Virginia, 2013
Maryland, 2014

Professional Memberships and Associations:
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Maryland State Bar
Virginia Women's Attorney Association

Professional Experience:
Livesay & Myers, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2015–Present
Glasser and Glasser, P.L.C., Associate Attorney, 2015
JHS Family Law Group, PLC, Associate Attorney, 2014–2015
Raheen Law Group, P.C., 2013–2014

Law School: University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., graduated cum laude.
Honors and Activities: Moot Court Competition.

College: University of Toronto, B.S., graduated with honors.

Email: Laila Raheen

Amanda Stone Swart

fiarfax va attorney amanda stone swartAmanda Stone Swart is a senior associate attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Ms. Stone Swart works in the firm's Leesburg office, and represents clients in Leesburg, Loudoun County and all across Northern Virginia.

Ms. Stone Swart is originally from Boone, Iowa. She graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2004, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Journalism. After graduating Ms. Stone Swart worked on Senator Charles Grassley's re-election campaign in Iowa. Following her relocation to the Washington, D.C. area Ms. Stone Swart worked as a legal assistant or law clerk for several firms in downtown D.C. and Northern Virginia.

After graduating from George Mason University School of Law in 2009, Ms. Stone Swart practiced family law as an associate attorney at a law firm in Northern Virginia from 2010 until June 2015 before joining Livesay & Myers, P.C. Ms. Stone Swart resides in Ashburn, Virginia with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she volunteers with St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Ashburn. She is also active with the D.C. Chapter of the Creighton University Alumni Advisory Board. Finally, Ms. Stone Swart and her husband (an alumnus of Penn State) are avid fans of Penn State football.

Honors and Awards:
Trial Advocate of the Year, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
Top Contributor Award, Avvo, 2015-2015

Bar Admissions:
Virginia State Bar, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Virginia State Bar (Family Law Section)
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Loudoun County Bar Association
Fairfax Bar Association (Family Law Section, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Committee)
Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia Chapter)
Creighton University Alumni Advisory Board, D.C. Chapter (President, 2012–2014)

Professional Experience:
Livesay & Myers, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2015-Present
Cole Miller PLLC, Associate Attorney, 2010–2015

Legal Writings:
Legal Separation in Virginia
View blog articles by Ms. Stone Swart

Education:
Law School:George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2009
College: Creighton University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004

Born: Washington, D.C.

Email: Amanda Stone Swart

Address:
Fredericksburg Office
Livesay&Myers, P.C.
308 Wolfe St
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-370-4140
Fairfax Office
Livesay&Myers, P.C.
3975 University Dr. Ste 325
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
703-865-4746
Manassas Office
Livesay&Myers, P.C.
9408 Grant Ave, Ste 402
Manassas, Virginia 20110
571-208-1267
Leesburg Office
Livesay & Myers, P.C.
602 S King St #300
Leesburg, VA 20175
571-291-3190
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