Matthew H. Smith

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Livesay & Myers, P.C.
 | 3975 University Dr #325, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-239-4862
Fax: 703-865-8304
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Focusing his practice exclusively on family law, Matthew C. Smith is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, he represents clients throughout the state and in the District of Columbia. Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys for the quality of his work as well as his ethical approach to what are often sensitive and emotional matters, Mr. Smith has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been named by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys to its annual Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under Age 40 list.

    Mr. Smith assists people who are facing the end of their marriage and who are thus having to deal with such related issues as property division, child custody and visitation, and alimony and child support. He places a particular emphasis on military divorce law, and he is well-versed in matters regarding military pensions, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act. Other family law matters that Mr. Smith has handled include adoptions, the preparation and review of prenuptial and postmarital agreements, grandparents' custody and visitation rights, and qualified domestic relations orders.

    Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in government in 2002. He then went on to attend American University Washington College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2005. Admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia, Mr. Smith is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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    Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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    About Matthew Smith

    Admitted: 2005, Virginia

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected to the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Family Law, August 2018
    • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Family Law, 2016-2018
    • Selected to the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Family Law, August 2016
    • Selected to the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Family Law, August 2017
    • Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in Virginia, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015–2017
    • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016–2017
    • BV Distinguished Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014–2016
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016–Present

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2013
    • Virginia State Bar, 2005
    • District of Columbia Bar, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2006

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Five Ways to Save Time and Money in Your Divorce (published on DivorceHQ)
    • Identifying the six most important factors considered by Virginia courts in deciding custody and visitation cases, How Do Courts Decide Custody Cases In Virginia?, 2013
    • The Marital Home: The Sticky Wicket in Many Divorces

    Educational Background:

    • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2002
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    Office Location for Matthew H. Smith

    3975 University Dr #325
    Fairfax, VA 22030

    Phone: 703-239-4862

    Fax: 703-865-8304

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    Last Updated: 9/30/2020

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