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Best Family Law Attorneys in Virginia

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best family law attorneys in Virginia To rank the top family lawyers and other lawyers in Virginia, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top family law attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents a sample of some of the most highly accomplished family lawyers currently practicing in Virginia. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing family law (but our list comes close).
Geraldine Welikson Hess
Family Law and Divorce Lawyer
Vienna, VA
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Christopher Malinowski
Family Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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Kevin Myers
Family Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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Alanna Williams
Divorce and Family Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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Brandi Howell
Family Lawyer
Manassas, VA
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James D. Garrett
Family Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Norfolk, VA
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Susan E Donner
Family Lawyer
Suffolk, VA
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Horace Smith
Family Law and Estate and Probate Lawyer
Richmond, VA
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Mary G. Commander
Family Lawyer
Norfolk, VA
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Jonathan Kales
Family Law and Divorce Mediation Lawyer
Fairfax, VA
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Virginia Family Law Legal Resources

Family Law Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - The AAML is a national organization of highly-skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in family law cases throughout the United States. The Academy's members are known as "Fellows" and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, excellence, knowledge and integrity in the practice of family law. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has over 1650 fellows across all 50 U.S. states.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL) - The ACFTL is an invitation-only, elite organization of 100 of the most skilled family trial lawyers in the United States. Known as diplomates, members who have been accepted into this organization have demonstrated significant litigation skills in complex family law cases. The American College of Family Trial Lawyers has received national recognition through its diplomates handling of well-publicized cases and cutting edge issues in family law.
International Academy of Family Lawyers - The International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) is a non-profit organization that serves family lawyers in the United States and across the world.

Specialty Certifications in Family Law

Family Trial Law - The NBTA certifies lawyers in family trial law. This specialty area of law involves litigation in family law cases, such as divorce, separation, child custody or paternity actions. Attorneys can earn board certification as specialists in family law trials.

Virginia Government and Court Resources

Attorney General of Virginia

Attorney General of Virginia - The Attorney General of Virginia, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. Responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, the Attorney General represents Virginia in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and oversees law enforcement. The office plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a wide range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Supreme Court of Virginia

Supreme Court of Virginia - The Supreme Court of Virginia serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears a broad spectrum of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners statewide. Additionally, the Supreme Court of Virginia oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers throughout Virginia.

Virginia Department of Social Services

Virginia Department of Social Services - The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) oversees and administers various social service programs aimed at supporting individuals and families across the state. VDSS manages programs such as child welfare services including foster care and adoption, and childcare assistance. Additionally, the department provides adult protective services, services for individuals with disabilities, mental health services, and initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and family stability, working to provide essential resources and support to citizens of Virginia in need while striving to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals statewide.

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia General Assembly - The Virginia General Assembly operates under a bicameral system, comprising the Virginia Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates. The Senate has 40 members serving four-year terms, while the House consists of 100 members serving two-year terms. The General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and transportation. Members of the Virginia General Assembly work collaboratively to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of Virginia's government.

Virginia's Judicial System

Virginia's Judicial System - Virginia's Judicial System is entrusted with the fundamental duty of administering justice in the state. Its responsibilities include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. The system operates through various levels of courts, including the Virginia Supreme Court and the Circuit Courts, each serving specific functions in the legal process.

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