2019 top attorney award winners

Top Divorce Family Law Attorneys

Spotsylvania, VA

We selected Top 10 Divorce Family Law Attorneys in the Spotsylvania area from 42 qualified local attorneys.

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Benjamin T. Burchett
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Determined to retrieve a favorable outcome, Attorney Benjamin Burchett will stop at nothing to make sure his divorce and family law clients receive the recovery and support they deserve. A University of Miami School of Law graduate, Attorney Benjamin Burchett commonly handles cases involving divorce, contested divorce, military divorce, child custody, child support, and alimony. Attorney Benjamin Burchett graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and has since earned recognition as one of the top divorce and family law attorneys in the US. If you are looking for an attorney who will bring compassion yet professionalism to the table, then reach out to Attorney Benjamin Burchett and his team today.

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by Google
4.80
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    Jennifer M Simmons
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    Ready to help those in need, Attorney Jennifer Simmons firmly stands in her clients’ corners at every stage of their divorce and family law situation. Attorney Jennifer Simmons is a skilled mediator, who has shown success in guiding families toward amicable resolutions in the event of child protective services, child custody, child support, and divorce disagreements. Attorney Jennifer Simmons holds memberships with the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. A Super Lawyer award recipient, Attorney Jennifer Simmons possesses the skills needed to reach favorable outcomes for her clients. Attorney Jennifer Simmons is privy to the emotional element of divorce and family law and applies her New York Law School education to properly represent her divorce clients. In order to secure the proper representation you deserve during one of the most difficult times of your life, contact Attorney Jennifer Simmons today!

    Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

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    Review

    by Google
    4.40
    16 reviews  

    Jennifer Simmons is a terrible attorney. She represented me in a child custody case. She was rude and made me feel humiliated. She would threaten me, and pressure me to settle. I paid her over $12000. One week before trial, she had used up all my trust account money ($6000) and she asked me for an additional $6000. She wanted me to pay this now or she would not work on my case (this is against ethics rules). I paid her $1000, then a couple of days later another $5000, but she had stopped working on the case, missed deadlines and then because of this she forced me to settle as she was unprepared for trial. Again, do not use her, especially if you are a man. She took all $12000 for settling a simple child custody case,I believe she padded her invoices. If you too have been ripped off by this attorney, I recommend you file a complaint with the VA State Bar.

    Jennifer came highly recommended to help with my divorce. I met for a consultation and was pleased with her plan to proceed. The cost were very reasonable and the end result was better than I had expected. Jennifer and her staff were very professional and I would use them again for any legal matters.

    Jennifer and her staff were a delight to work with. I always got a call back often from jennifer herself. I’ve used her over the years for various issues regarding custody, visitation, divorce and even for an issue regarding my business. I felt fairly treated, greatly represented and so blessed that I chose her as my attorney. Definitely use again!

    Jennifer was my divorce attorney. She was everything I needed in an attorney. She treated me professionally while also being honest and making me hear what I might not want to hear. She fought for me like I was her only client. She and her assistant, David, both worked to answer my questions. She never once backed down from helping get what I was entitled to get.

    Great law firm.. they handled my divorce and custody several years ago and now they are handling my other cases.. They are very professional and friendly. They know all aspects of the law and offer great advice.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.40
      5 reviews  

      Jennifer Simmons is a terrible attorney. She represented me in a child custody case. She was rude and made me feel humiliated. She would threaten me, and pressure me to settle. I paid her over $12000. One week before trial, she had used up all my trust account money ($6000) and she asked me for an additional $6000. She wanted me to pay this now or she would not work on my case (this is against ethics rules). I paid her $1000, then a couple of days later another $5000, but she had stopped working on the case, missed deadlines and then because of this she forced me to settle as she was unprepared for trial. Again, do not use her, especially if you are a man. She took all $12000 for settling a simple child custody case,I believe she padded her invoices. If you too have been ripped off by this attorney, I recommend you file a complaint with the VA State Bar.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.40
      5 reviews  

      Jennifer came highly recommended to help with my divorce. I met for a consultation and was pleased with her plan to proceed. The cost were very reasonable and the end result was better than I had expected. Jennifer and her staff were very professional and I would use them again for any legal matters.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.40
      5 reviews  

      Jennifer and her staff were a delight to work with. I always got a call back often from jennifer herself. I’ve used her over the years for various issues regarding custody, visitation, divorce and even for an issue regarding my business. I felt fairly treated, greatly represented and so blessed that I chose her as my attorney. Definitely use again!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.40
      5 reviews  

      Jennifer was my divorce attorney. She was everything I needed in an attorney. She treated me professionally while also being honest and making me hear what I might not want to hear. She fought for me like I was her only client. She and her assistant, David, both worked to answer my questions. She never once backed down from helping get what I was entitled to get.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.40
      5 reviews  

      Great law firm.. they handled my divorce and custody several years ago and now they are handling my other cases.. They are very professional and friendly. They know all aspects of the law and offer great advice.

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    Thomas B Dance
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    For over 20 years, Attorney Thomas Dance has grown his practice to effectively guide divorce and family law clients to peaceful resolutions. Attorney Thomas Dance is determined to provide only the best guidance for his clients, who are dealing with matters of alimony, asset division, child custody, division of debt, judgment modifications, and parental alienation. He also serves as a member of the American Association for Justice. Attorney Thomas Dance’s achievements have not gone unnoticed, as he is the recipient of the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best Law Firms in Client Satisfaction and American Institute of Trial Lawyers - Litigator of the Year awards. Attorney Thomas Dance is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. Contact Attorney Thomas Dance today!

     Website justia.com

    Review

    by Google
    4.00
    58 reviews  

    This is the second time I have retained Mr. Dance as a family law attorney. First in my own divorce case and the second for my daughter's custody and support case. For my own case, I retained Thomas after working with two prior attorneys for 2.5 years and not being able to come to a resolution. Within a couple of months, Thomas lent clarity and focus to my case and resolved it in record time. So when my daughter was in need of counsel concerning support and custody, it wasn't even a thought, Thomas was who we called. Thomas saw the case immediately for what it was, removed the emotion and in no time was able to get the case resolved in a best-case-scenario fashion for my daughter and grand-daughter. If you are in need of a family attorney and can get in with Mr. Dance, do yourself a favor and retain his services.

    Paid for a consultation. Mr. Dance was rude and condescending. After leaving his office I felt that he was on the opposing parties side. A year later I just won my case, easily, with a caring and compassionate lawyer that was willing to listen to me and my concerns. So glad I ran out of his office and never looked back.

    I love this place because they have alot of things to choose from instead of getting the same thing over and over just get something different.????????????????❤

    Best attorney in the area. Wouldn't trust anyone else to represent you in your case!!

    I wish Google offered the option to add more stars, as this firm definitely deserves them. I've heard nothing but good things about Mr. Dance. Thomas Dance and his staff are very experienced, knowledgeable and very kindhearted. If you're looking for a family law attorney who stays up to date with the law and truly cares about the outcome then Mr. Dance is the attorney for you!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.00
      5 reviews  

      This is the second time I have retained Mr. Dance as a family law attorney. First in my own divorce case and the second for my daughter's custody and support case. For my own case, I retained Thomas after working with two prior attorneys for 2.5 years and not being able to come to a resolution. Within a couple of months, Thomas lent clarity and focus to my case and resolved it in record time. So when my daughter was in need of counsel concerning support and custody, it wasn't even a thought, Thomas was who we called. Thomas saw the case immediately for what it was, removed the emotion and in no time was able to get the case resolved in a best-case-scenario fashion for my daughter and grand-daughter. If you are in need of a family attorney and can get in with Mr. Dance, do yourself a favor and retain his services.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.00
      5 reviews  

      Paid for a consultation. Mr. Dance was rude and condescending. After leaving his office I felt that he was on the opposing parties side. A year later I just won my case, easily, with a caring and compassionate lawyer that was willing to listen to me and my concerns. So glad I ran out of his office and never looked back.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.00
      5 reviews  

      I love this place because they have alot of things to choose from instead of getting the same thing over and over just get something different.????????????????❤

    • Review

      by Google
      4.00
      5 reviews  

      Best attorney in the area. Wouldn't trust anyone else to represent you in your case!!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.00
      5 reviews  

      I wish Google offered the option to add more stars, as this firm definitely deserves them. I've heard nothing but good things about Mr. Dance. Thomas Dance and his staff are very experienced, knowledgeable and very kindhearted. If you're looking for a family law attorney who stays up to date with the law and truly cares about the outcome then Mr. Dance is the attorney for you!

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    James . Livesay D Livesay
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    When you hire Attorney James Livesay, you may feel confident that your divorce and family law case will be handled by an accomplished attorney. He mainly handles cases that include divorce, child custody, and child support. A University of Virginia School of Law graduate, Attorney James Livesay has been guiding families to agreeable solutions for over 21 years. If you are left in a difficult family situation, then reach out to Attorney James Livesay ’s law firm today.

     Website justia.com

    Review

    by Google
    4.60
    66 reviews  

    Livesay and Myers did a fantastic job with my uncontested divorce. I worked with Nicole O’Neal and Matthew Hall. They answered all my questions quickly and to my complete satisfaction. Almost everything was handled over the phone and through email which I appreciated with my busy schedule. I was really impressed with how quickly and smoothly everything progressed. From my first phone call to the firm to receiving my signed divorce decree was less than 6 weeks and 16 days of that was waiting on the order to be signed. I would highly recommend them with confidence. Thank for again for the great work.

    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.

    LGBTQ friendly. Handled the step parent adoption of my daughter. I had a lot of stress about it going through the process but they alleviated all of my worries. The adoption was done in less than a month.

    Hiring Sarah Patras has been the best decision we've made in nearly 13 years of custody/child support litigation. Ms. Patras and her paralegal, Ashley Constant, are highly knowledgable and extremely professional while still being warm and empathetic to very emotional situations. They are very objective and honest when situations call for it and give a realistic perspective on what you can expect during your case. They respond promptly to any and all communications and you can trust when they say they will take care of something it will be done quickly and on time (an issue we've found with other attorneys). Ms. Patras is passionate in court and Ms. Constant ensures you never miss a deadline for discovery or documentation. I could not more highly recommend this team to anyone seeking family law representation.

    The best law firm serving northern Virginia I contacted Livesay & Myers on a very short notice pertaining my custody hearing they assigned Ms Cambridge Lestienne to my case she was very efficient and prompt and they were able to get me the outcome I was looking for! Job well done and a big thank you

    • Review

      by Google
      4.60
      5 reviews  

      Livesay and Myers did a fantastic job with my uncontested divorce. I worked with Nicole O’Neal and Matthew Hall. They answered all my questions quickly and to my complete satisfaction. Almost everything was handled over the phone and through email which I appreciated with my busy schedule. I was really impressed with how quickly and smoothly everything progressed. From my first phone call to the firm to receiving my signed divorce decree was less than 6 weeks and 16 days of that was waiting on the order to be signed. I would highly recommend them with confidence. Thank for again for the great work.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.60
      5 reviews  

      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.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.60
      5 reviews  

      LGBTQ friendly. Handled the step parent adoption of my daughter. I had a lot of stress about it going through the process but they alleviated all of my worries. The adoption was done in less than a month.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.60
      5 reviews  

      Hiring Sarah Patras has been the best decision we've made in nearly 13 years of custody/child support litigation. Ms. Patras and her paralegal, Ashley Constant, are highly knowledgable and extremely professional while still being warm and empathetic to very emotional situations. They are very objective and honest when situations call for it and give a realistic perspective on what you can expect during your case. They respond promptly to any and all communications and you can trust when they say they will take care of something it will be done quickly and on time (an issue we've found with other attorneys). Ms. Patras is passionate in court and Ms. Constant ensures you never miss a deadline for discovery or documentation. I could not more highly recommend this team to anyone seeking family law representation.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.60
      5 reviews  

      The best law firm serving northern Virginia I contacted Livesay & Myers on a very short notice pertaining my custody hearing they assigned Ms Cambridge Lestienne to my case she was very efficient and prompt and they were able to get me the outcome I was looking for! Job well done and a big thank you

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    Syreeta Bailey Stewart
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    Determined to retrieve a favorable outcome, Attorney Syreeta Bailey Stewart will stop at nothing to make sure her divorce and family law clients receive the recovery and support they deserve. Typical areas of focus include child support, child custody, and divorce. With memberships in the Association of Black Women Attorneys and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, Attorney Syreeta Bailey Stewart is easily one of the top attorneys to handle your divorce and family law case. Attorney Syreeta Bailey Stewart has received numerous accolades for her hard work, including the Super Lawyer and Super Lawyers - Top 50 Women Lawyers awards. When you are uncertain of how to proceed with your divorce and family law case, entrust the help of Attorney Syreeta Bailey Stewart, the attorney who will lead you in the right direction.

     Website justia.com

    Review

    by Google
    4.90
    28 reviews  

    I highly recommend SBStewart Law. She is very knowledgeable and shows great compassion, and that mean a lot to me! When I first visited her office I was at a point of not knowing where to begin or what to do. After consulting with Mrs. Stewart, I knew I had made the right choice. I left from her office feeling very confident. She came through for me and I’ll be forever thankful to her.

    Love,love,love her professionalism! Mrs. Stewart’s was so personal, I felt as if I were a family member from the first day we met! Very much reliable and informative! I will hire her again if needed and will recommend to anyone!

    Attorney Stewart is the best! She is pleasant, knowledgeable and professional in every way. I would highly recommend her to family/friends. Renee M.

    SBStewart Law has been exceptional in providing my business high quality results in a very quick turn around. Pleasant staff and very knowledgeable team.

    Helped me with my divorce. Very knowledgeable and personable.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.90
      5 reviews  

      I highly recommend SBStewart Law. She is very knowledgeable and shows great compassion, and that mean a lot to me! When I first visited her office I was at a point of not knowing where to begin or what to do. After consulting with Mrs. Stewart, I knew I had made the right choice. I left from her office feeling very confident. She came through for me and I’ll be forever thankful to her.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.90
      5 reviews  

      Love,love,love her professionalism! Mrs. Stewart’s was so personal, I felt as if I were a family member from the first day we met! Very much reliable and informative! I will hire her again if needed and will recommend to anyone!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.90
      5 reviews  

      Attorney Stewart is the best! She is pleasant, knowledgeable and professional in every way. I would highly recommend her to family/friends. Renee M.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.90
      5 reviews  

      SBStewart Law has been exceptional in providing my business high quality results in a very quick turn around. Pleasant staff and very knowledgeable team.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.90
      5 reviews  

      Helped me with my divorce. Very knowledgeable and personable.

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    Maciej B Zebrak  
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    Recruit the help of Attorney Maciej Zebrak, the family law attorney who is there for his clients. Attorney Maciej Zebrak is an asset in the field of divorce and family law and has handled cases comprising alimony, business divorce, international child custody, high-net-worth divorce, palimony, and order enforcements. Attorney Maciej Zebrak is an active participant in the legal community and maintains memberships with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the East/West Family Law Bar. Attorney Maciej Zebrak's achievements have not gone unnoticed, as he is the recipient of the Best Attorneys in America and Lawyers of Distinction - Nationwide Top Ten Percent of Lawyers awards. Attorney Maciej Zebrak is privy to the emotional element of divorce and family law and applies his Southern California Institute of Law education to properly represent his divorce clients. If you are seeking help with your divorce and family law matter, then rely on one of the best attorneys in the business to get the job done.

     Website justia.com

    Review

    by Google
    4.80
    87 reviews  

    Mr Zebrak did an excellent job in representing me for my traffic ticket. He was attentive during the initial interview and explained the options and strategy that he was going to use. He gave me a list of things to do to help my case. He called me a few days before the case to confirm everything. He was polite with me and in the courtroom. Could not have asked for more. A lot was on the line with this case and he came through for me. Highly recommended.

    I reached out to Maciej in a case pertaining to family law. He was knowledgeable and gave me the confidence and fresh perception I needed. He was prompt on returning all calls and emails, professional and courteous when handling the other party, spoke up when needed and I will absolutely use him in the future.

    Mr. Zebrak represented my case in a very professional manner. He was attentive to my needs and made himself available via email and his personal cell. It was reassuring to know that even when his office hours ended, he was still available and accessible if need be. His counsel was solid and we were overall very pleased with his representation. My case was quite complex but he helped me to navigate every complexity with clear guidance. I would strongly recommend him for matters related to custody and visitation.

    I was in a four and a half year physically abusive, selfish marriage with a spouse who was disloyal and refused to work. I sought legal advice from two well-known, well established high priced law firms that charged me $300 and $225 respectively for and initial consultation visit. After hearing all the marital facts, each of the aforementioned counselors stated that “there’s no way around it you’ll have to pay her X amount of dollars in spousal support”. I did took these same set of facts to Mr. Zebrak‘s office. After hearing me and charging me absolutely no consultation fee he stated that “she’s not going to get a penny “ He then quoted me a flat rate for a contested divorce and the rate never increased or was added to for any reason. He first analyzed all the facts surrounding the physical/mental abuse and then went to court on my behalf and utilizing documentary evidence, photographic evidence and the law secured me a protection order that required my spouse to remove all her personal belongings from the marital residence. My final decree of divorce took almost 2 years to secure and the judge had within his discretion to not only award my spouse spousal support, some of my 34 year pension benefits and also could have awarded my spouse back pay for the two years of litigation. I picked up my signed final divorce decree from Mr. Zebrak‘s office today (1/16/20) and it stated just what Mr. Zebrak had told me two years earlier “SHE GOT NOTHING” I know each case and each outcome may be different depending on the circumstances but for me Attorney Zebrak was a GOD send of honesty, integrity, and legal knowledge whom I HIGHLY recommend.

    Maciej Zebrak is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend his services. I have an extremely complex custody case amplified by the fact I presently reside several states away. He was always available electronically via phone, email, text, and when necessary video call. I always felt both informed and confident during our face to face meetings. He is incredibly knowledgeable, and utilizes a practical and logical approach. I never expected an attorney to be so genuinely invested in my case and its outcome. While my situation is concluded at present, I will be needing legal services in the future and will undoubtedly turn to him as my attorney. I highly encourage anyone else seeking legal counsel to do the same.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      Mr Zebrak did an excellent job in representing me for my traffic ticket. He was attentive during the initial interview and explained the options and strategy that he was going to use. He gave me a list of things to do to help my case. He called me a few days before the case to confirm everything. He was polite with me and in the courtroom. Could not have asked for more. A lot was on the line with this case and he came through for me. Highly recommended.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      I reached out to Maciej in a case pertaining to family law. He was knowledgeable and gave me the confidence and fresh perception I needed. He was prompt on returning all calls and emails, professional and courteous when handling the other party, spoke up when needed and I will absolutely use him in the future.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      Mr. Zebrak represented my case in a very professional manner. He was attentive to my needs and made himself available via email and his personal cell. It was reassuring to know that even when his office hours ended, he was still available and accessible if need be. His counsel was solid and we were overall very pleased with his representation. My case was quite complex but he helped me to navigate every complexity with clear guidance. I would strongly recommend him for matters related to custody and visitation.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      I was in a four and a half year physically abusive, selfish marriage with a spouse who was disloyal and refused to work. I sought legal advice from two well-known, well established high priced law firms that charged me $300 and $225 respectively for and initial consultation visit. After hearing all the marital facts, each of the aforementioned counselors stated that “there’s no way around it you’ll have to pay her X amount of dollars in spousal support”. I did took these same set of facts to Mr. Zebrak‘s office. After hearing me and charging me absolutely no consultation fee he stated that “she’s not going to get a penny “ He then quoted me a flat rate for a contested divorce and the rate never increased or was added to for any reason. He first analyzed all the facts surrounding the physical/mental abuse and then went to court on my behalf and utilizing documentary evidence, photographic evidence and the law secured me a protection order that required my spouse to remove all her personal belongings from the marital residence. My final decree of divorce took almost 2 years to secure and the judge had within his discretion to not only award my spouse spousal support, some of my 34 year pension benefits and also could have awarded my spouse back pay for the two years of litigation. I picked up my signed final divorce decree from Mr. Zebrak‘s office today (1/16/20) and it stated just what Mr. Zebrak had told me two years earlier “SHE GOT NOTHING” I know each case and each outcome may be different depending on the circumstances but for me Attorney Zebrak was a GOD send of honesty, integrity, and legal knowledge whom I HIGHLY recommend.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      Maciej Zebrak is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend his services. I have an extremely complex custody case amplified by the fact I presently reside several states away. He was always available electronically via phone, email, text, and when necessary video call. I always felt both informed and confident during our face to face meetings. He is incredibly knowledgeable, and utilizes a practical and logical approach. I never expected an attorney to be so genuinely invested in my case and its outcome. While my situation is concluded at present, I will be needing legal services in the future and will undoubtedly turn to him as my attorney. I highly encourage anyone else seeking legal counsel to do the same.

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    Donald R. R Daugherty
     Website

    For over 20 years, Attorney Donald R. Daugherty has refined expertise in the area of divorce and family law. Common cases handled by Attorney Donald R. Daugherty include divorce and family law appeals. Attorney Donald R. Daugherty shares his time as a member of the American Bar Foundation and the American Association for Justice. Since earning his JD from the New York Law School, Attorney Donald R. Daugherty has been honored with the Super Lawyer and Super Lawyers - Top 50 Lawyers awards. Attorney Donald R. Daugherty handles all types of difficult divorce and family law matters. You may feel assured that when you visit the Law Office of Donald R. Daugherty, your divorce and family law case will be managed with the qualified representation you deserve.

    Fee Structure: NO WIN NO FEE

     Website

    Review

    by Google
    4.80
    146 reviews  

    Mr. Donald Daugherty Sr. is an amazing attorney and is the guy you want to represent you. He is thorough and dedicated to his clients. He is down to earth and I always feel like I am in good hands. He is easy to reach and responds quickly. I'd give more than 5 stars if able.

    I had court yesterday and Mr, Daugherty was definitely a fighter fought for my case to get drop and so it did I couldn't be any more satisfied please and happy with the outcome I was innocent and MR, Daugherty was there with me every step of the way return my calls right away answer all my questions very responsible. I would definitely ???? would recommend my friends and family to the Daugherty law firm they will fight for your case. Thank you once again ???? for all your help yesterday..

    I am an attorney myself, and Michael represented me in a contract dispute. He is incredibly responsive, concise, and makes educated and well-articulated arguments. If he doesn’t know the answer, he will research to find it quickly. I could not be more pleased with representation he provided. He exceeded my expectations.

    I'm a retired military officer and Don helped me achieve a non-contested divorce post a 26-year marriage. I found his services to be exceptional from start to finish and have personally recommended his firm to friends and coworkers.

    A very well organized law firm. Based on my personal experience with Mr. Michael Daugherty, I can inform you that communication is very easy with him, and he replies as soon as possible with educational answers. Great Service.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      Mr. Donald Daugherty Sr. is an amazing attorney and is the guy you want to represent you. He is thorough and dedicated to his clients. He is down to earth and I always feel like I am in good hands. He is easy to reach and responds quickly. I'd give more than 5 stars if able.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      I had court yesterday and Mr, Daugherty was definitely a fighter fought for my case to get drop and so it did I couldn't be any more satisfied please and happy with the outcome I was innocent and MR, Daugherty was there with me every step of the way return my calls right away answer all my questions very responsible. I would definitely ???? would recommend my friends and family to the Daugherty law firm they will fight for your case. Thank you once again ???? for all your help yesterday..

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      I am an attorney myself, and Michael represented me in a contract dispute. He is incredibly responsive, concise, and makes educated and well-articulated arguments. If he doesn’t know the answer, he will research to find it quickly. I could not be more pleased with representation he provided. He exceeded my expectations.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      I'm a retired military officer and Don helped me achieve a non-contested divorce post a 26-year marriage. I found his services to be exceptional from start to finish and have personally recommended his firm to friends and coworkers.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.80
      5 reviews  

      A very well organized law firm. Based on my personal experience with Mr. Michael Daugherty, I can inform you that communication is very easy with him, and he replies as soon as possible with educational answers. Great Service.

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    Donna Mae Dougherty
     Website

    In times of family turmoil, rely on the expertise of one of the best attorneys in the business. Attorney Donna Dougherty is a skilled mediator, who has shown success in guiding families toward amicable resolutions in the event of adoption, child custody, visitation, child support, divorce, and LGBTQ marriage rights disagreements. For her success in the field of divorce and family law, Attorney Donna Dougherty has earned the Super Lawyers Rising Star and Super Lawyer awards. Before securing her position as one of the best divorce and family law attorneys, Attorney Donna Dougherty graduated from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Look no further, as your divorce and family law attorney is ready to assist.

     Website

    Review

    by Google
    4.30
    12 reviews  

    This is a wonderful firm they are kind and know what there doing. They listen to everything and really try to understand you. They are prompt to returning phone calls and generally want the best for there client. I will definitely recommend this firm to all my family and friends!!!!

    Ugh. Do not hire Donna Dougherty to handle your case. When you meet her, you'll find that she is, in my opinion, brash and abrasive and unquestionably condescending. Your first thought is "Perfect, that's how she's going to work tirelessly on my behalf." You'll be wrong. That's how she'll continue to treat you and good luck getting to effectively advocate on your behalf. In my specific experience, she will rather yell at you (as her client) than work with opposing counsel on an amicable resolution (as I've learned since severing ties with this firm). My initial consult was full of "we're going to do this" and "we'll file this" and all great salesmanship. I was excited...finally an attorney that really wants to do more than push papers and genuinely wants to help create an optimal outcome for my child. Boo. Within 2 days of writing that first big monster retainer check to Donna, before any additional documentation was provided, the tone rapidly degraded to (paraphrased) "well, I'm not sure" and "hopefully we'll prevail" type speak. Sadly, I fell for it all and have lost almost every financial resource in the process. Now Donna is going after what little is left. That's really all you need to know about the character of the character. To say I've had nothing but problems feels like a gross understatement. Donna ran up my legal tab at a rate that has offended attorneys I've consulted with since; and it takes a lot to offend another attorney. Ultimately, Donna lost my case. Anything can happen in a courtroom, but this was a worst case scenario in the face of what should have been, fairly objectively, a ruling 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Despite being the attorney I retained, Donna did not appear at the hearing to argue for attorney fees (sadly, the mostly expensive part of the entire matter) and sent an associate instead. That mistake was another $12000+ on top of the mostly unsubstantiated $20k+ billed for a very simple case (that she lost). Now Donna is suing me although I've yet to be provided any granular itemization of the billable work "provided." Always beware of lawyers that gleefully sue their clients; it's a litmus test as to where their priorities lie in terms of monetary greed vs client advocacy. And, to pour more salt in the wound, Donna is now demanding 24% interest and thousands more in legal fees for suing her own client (me in this case). Her reputation in the local family law community exists for very good reasons. I wish I had figured that out beforehand (back before the reorganization of the firm). FINAL WARNING: If you're dealing with a sensitive family law matter involving your young children and their private meetings with therapists, you may want to consider a law office that does not send confidential psychiatric documentation to the WRONG CLIENT! That's right. Donna's law office sent me an another client's very private and sensitive data regarding the child's meetings with a therapist. I've yet to ever be answered as to whether sensitive data from my case was sent to someone else. If you retain her, perhaps you can update me on my case if/when you receive the wrong confidential records too. Don't make the mistake of making what is likely the most stressful and emotionally wrenching process of your life that much worse by hiring an attorney that values your checking account significantly more than operating in the best interests of you and your child/children.

    This law firm is a very thorough and competent. They are professional and always had my family's best interests in mind.

    Amy Tobias has been this Dad's attorney through a pretty complicated divorce, with issues that have flared up repeatedly over 9+ years. She has represented and advised me while she was an associate, a sole practitioner, and now as a partner. This is one very intelligent lady and knowledgeable and competent family law attorney. Her advice is always sound and direct. She cuts through the fluff and tells me what I need to know and what she needs from me. When we've had actual contested hearings, the results have always been in my favor.

    I have truly been blessed to find a law firm who is warm, supportive and caring for their clients, but killer Great White Sharks in the courtroom for divorce/custody. Amy Tobias and Claire Salitsky gave me my life back……..my son! I started off with a different law firm, which he was HORRIBLE!!!! I felt helpless and felt he did not put any effort into my case, just collecting my check. Before I came to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, I thought I could lose my son for no reason other than poor lawyer representation. That all changed when I went to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law! I will say, these ladies are expensive, but I'm telling you they are WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING Amy, Claire and Dawn!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.30
      5 reviews  

      This is a wonderful firm they are kind and know what there doing. They listen to everything and really try to understand you. They are prompt to returning phone calls and generally want the best for there client. I will definitely recommend this firm to all my family and friends!!!!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.30
      5 reviews  

      Ugh. Do not hire Donna Dougherty to handle your case. When you meet her, you'll find that she is, in my opinion, brash and abrasive and unquestionably condescending. Your first thought is "Perfect, that's how she's going to work tirelessly on my behalf." You'll be wrong. That's how she'll continue to treat you and good luck getting to effectively advocate on your behalf. In my specific experience, she will rather yell at you (as her client) than work with opposing counsel on an amicable resolution (as I've learned since severing ties with this firm). My initial consult was full of "we're going to do this" and "we'll file this" and all great salesmanship. I was excited...finally an attorney that really wants to do more than push papers and genuinely wants to help create an optimal outcome for my child. Boo. Within 2 days of writing that first big monster retainer check to Donna, before any additional documentation was provided, the tone rapidly degraded to (paraphrased) "well, I'm not sure" and "hopefully we'll prevail" type speak. Sadly, I fell for it all and have lost almost every financial resource in the process. Now Donna is going after what little is left. That's really all you need to know about the character of the character. To say I've had nothing but problems feels like a gross understatement. Donna ran up my legal tab at a rate that has offended attorneys I've consulted with since; and it takes a lot to offend another attorney. Ultimately, Donna lost my case. Anything can happen in a courtroom, but this was a worst case scenario in the face of what should have been, fairly objectively, a ruling 180 degrees in the opposite direction. Despite being the attorney I retained, Donna did not appear at the hearing to argue for attorney fees (sadly, the mostly expensive part of the entire matter) and sent an associate instead. That mistake was another $12000+ on top of the mostly unsubstantiated $20k+ billed for a very simple case (that she lost). Now Donna is suing me although I've yet to be provided any granular itemization of the billable work "provided." Always beware of lawyers that gleefully sue their clients; it's a litmus test as to where their priorities lie in terms of monetary greed vs client advocacy. And, to pour more salt in the wound, Donna is now demanding 24% interest and thousands more in legal fees for suing her own client (me in this case). Her reputation in the local family law community exists for very good reasons. I wish I had figured that out beforehand (back before the reorganization of the firm). FINAL WARNING: If you're dealing with a sensitive family law matter involving your young children and their private meetings with therapists, you may want to consider a law office that does not send confidential psychiatric documentation to the WRONG CLIENT! That's right. Donna's law office sent me an another client's very private and sensitive data regarding the child's meetings with a therapist. I've yet to ever be answered as to whether sensitive data from my case was sent to someone else. If you retain her, perhaps you can update me on my case if/when you receive the wrong confidential records too. Don't make the mistake of making what is likely the most stressful and emotionally wrenching process of your life that much worse by hiring an attorney that values your checking account significantly more than operating in the best interests of you and your child/children.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.30
      5 reviews  

      This law firm is a very thorough and competent. They are professional and always had my family's best interests in mind.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.30
      5 reviews  

      Amy Tobias has been this Dad's attorney through a pretty complicated divorce, with issues that have flared up repeatedly over 9+ years. She has represented and advised me while she was an associate, a sole practitioner, and now as a partner. This is one very intelligent lady and knowledgeable and competent family law attorney. Her advice is always sound and direct. She cuts through the fluff and tells me what I need to know and what she needs from me. When we've had actual contested hearings, the results have always been in my favor.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.30
      5 reviews  

      I have truly been blessed to find a law firm who is warm, supportive and caring for their clients, but killer Great White Sharks in the courtroom for divorce/custody. Amy Tobias and Claire Salitsky gave me my life back……..my son! I started off with a different law firm, which he was HORRIBLE!!!! I felt helpless and felt he did not put any effort into my case, just collecting my check. Before I came to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law, I thought I could lose my son for no reason other than poor lawyer representation. That all changed when I went to Dougherty Tobias Iszard, Northern Virginia Law! I will say, these ladies are expensive, but I'm telling you they are WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING Amy, Claire and Dawn!

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    James D Livesay
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    When you hire Attorney James Livesay, you may feel relieved to know he will be by your side every step of the way. Attorney James Livesay helps with conflicts stemming from alimony, celebrity divorce, child protective services, international child custody, domestic violence, and LGBTQ marriage rights. When he is not protecting the rights of his clients, Attorney James Livesay shares his time with the American Bar Foundation and the East/West Family Law Bar. Attorney James Livesay’s accomplishments within his field have led to his recognition as an American Academy of Attorneys - Top 40 Under 40 Family Law Attorney and Attorney of the Year award winner. A Monterey College of Law graduate, Attorney James Livesay has been guiding families to agreeable solutions for over 20 years. This attorney is more than qualified to handle the most complex divorce and family law cases and is waiting for your call today!

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    Review

    by Google
    4.70
    80 reviews  

    Ariel from Livesay & Myers treated me and my divorce with respect, dignity, and humanity. Divorces can be very unpleasant but Ariel’s expertise in her work and empathy with her clients makes it survivable. Years later, extremely happy in my new life, I gratefully publicly acknowledge her capability and professionalism.

    This is a late review but I felt this still needed to be shared. I'm a single father and was dealing with a situation in which I was greatly concerned for the well being of my child and desperately needed some help. Without getting too into the specifics of my case, I was concerned that my child's Mother would try to move away and take our child to another state far away. She was a very unstable person and had a tendency to behave very erratically. She also had no respect for the court system in Prince William County, she would often file cases against me without showing up and often would not abide by the final orders given by the court. I needed to act fast and I needed an attorney who really knew the law and was very sharp. After seeing an add for Livesay & Myers I called and was referred to Ariel Baniowski. Ariel Was AMAZING!!!! She was extremely knowledgeable, diligent and prompt in her work. I knew I found the right person for the Job!! It has been almost 2 years since the last time I had to goto court and my Child has been safe with me ever since. Ariel really changed the course of my case and left a lasting impression that has also changed the attitude of my child's Mother. Things have been so much better for me and my child ever since. Many Thanks to Ariel, I would highly recommend her to anyone!!

    This law firm made the process to begin and complete my divorce seem quite effortless. Ms. Dino is no nonsence and she excels at quickly being able to focus on the important and pertinent aspects of your case. After the initial separation agreement form was filled out and those details ironed out, this firm largely handled the rest of the process without me having to do almost anything. They kept me well informed along the way and I had full trust in them. The paralegal, Ms. Evans was also exceptional to work with. Their pricing is excellent, considering what you get for your money. I qualified for the flat fee divorce rate and they never tried to upcharge me or sell me on extra services. I received a fairly large refund check at the end as well in a very timely manner. I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking for a no-hassle process with very knowleageable, courteous, and professional staff.

    Melannie Dino and Michelle Evans were professional in every way, but my experience was also a human one with them. Ms. Dino listened thoroughly to my needs and concerns regarding my separation agreement. She helped me work through this process in a way that was legal, worked for me, and helped me maintain my core values. Both Ms. Dino and Ms. Evans were kind, caring and patient during the signing process which was emotional for me. I believe them to be good people and I will consult with them again during the next phase of this process. I will also say that, I'm grateful for their quiet acknowledgment that the breakup of a marriage is not just a legal issue, but a human one.

    Mrs. Melanie Dino and her coworkers were professional. They helped me promptly through my case and I do recommend Mrs Melanie Dino and the entire firm. PH

    • Review

      by Google
      4.70
      5 reviews  

      Ariel from Livesay & Myers treated me and my divorce with respect, dignity, and humanity. Divorces can be very unpleasant but Ariel’s expertise in her work and empathy with her clients makes it survivable. Years later, extremely happy in my new life, I gratefully publicly acknowledge her capability and professionalism.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.70
      5 reviews  

      This is a late review but I felt this still needed to be shared. I'm a single father and was dealing with a situation in which I was greatly concerned for the well being of my child and desperately needed some help. Without getting too into the specifics of my case, I was concerned that my child's Mother would try to move away and take our child to another state far away. She was a very unstable person and had a tendency to behave very erratically. She also had no respect for the court system in Prince William County, she would often file cases against me without showing up and often would not abide by the final orders given by the court. I needed to act fast and I needed an attorney who really knew the law and was very sharp. After seeing an add for Livesay & Myers I called and was referred to Ariel Baniowski. Ariel Was AMAZING!!!! She was extremely knowledgeable, diligent and prompt in her work. I knew I found the right person for the Job!! It has been almost 2 years since the last time I had to goto court and my Child has been safe with me ever since. Ariel really changed the course of my case and left a lasting impression that has also changed the attitude of my child's Mother. Things have been so much better for me and my child ever since. Many Thanks to Ariel, I would highly recommend her to anyone!!

    • Review

      by Google
      4.70
      5 reviews  

      This law firm made the process to begin and complete my divorce seem quite effortless. Ms. Dino is no nonsence and she excels at quickly being able to focus on the important and pertinent aspects of your case. After the initial separation agreement form was filled out and those details ironed out, this firm largely handled the rest of the process without me having to do almost anything. They kept me well informed along the way and I had full trust in them. The paralegal, Ms. Evans was also exceptional to work with. Their pricing is excellent, considering what you get for your money. I qualified for the flat fee divorce rate and they never tried to upcharge me or sell me on extra services. I received a fairly large refund check at the end as well in a very timely manner. I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking for a no-hassle process with very knowleageable, courteous, and professional staff.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.70
      5 reviews  

      Melannie Dino and Michelle Evans were professional in every way, but my experience was also a human one with them. Ms. Dino listened thoroughly to my needs and concerns regarding my separation agreement. She helped me work through this process in a way that was legal, worked for me, and helped me maintain my core values. Both Ms. Dino and Ms. Evans were kind, caring and patient during the signing process which was emotional for me. I believe them to be good people and I will consult with them again during the next phase of this process. I will also say that, I'm grateful for their quiet acknowledgment that the breakup of a marriage is not just a legal issue, but a human one.

    • Review

      by Google
      4.70
      5 reviews  

      Mrs. Melanie Dino and her coworkers were professional. They helped me promptly through my case and I do recommend Mrs Melanie Dino and the entire firm. PH

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    Anna Bristle
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    A top family attorney in her field, Attorney Anna Bristle is well-equipped to represent you in your time of need. While Attorney Anna Bristle may help in any type of divorce and family law dispute, she provides keen expertise in the areas of child custody, child support, divorce, property division, and spousal support. A valued member of the legal community, Attorney Anna Bristle is associated with the American Bar Association. Before securing her position as one of the best divorce and family law attorneys, Attorney Anna Bristle graduated from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. If you are seeking help with your divorce and family law matter, then rely on one of the best attorneys in the business to get the job done.

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    Review

    by Google
    4.20
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