Fairfax Divorce Attorneys

Divorce Attorneys

Top Rated Family Law Attorneys Providing Guidance and Protecting Your Rights During Difficult Times. Serving Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Why Choose Melone Hatley, P.C.?
  • Experienced, aggressive, and caring family lawyers
  • Highly Rated By Clients
  • Big Law Firm experience in a boutique setting
  • Client-focused approach with one-on-one attention
  • Cost-effective approach
  • Payment plans available

Questions about: Divorce Law, Child Custody Law, Visitation Rights, Child Support Law or Spousal Support Law. Schedule a Call with one of our Client Services Coordinators.

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Divorce is one of the most stressful and costly events one can go through. Not only are you fighting for custody and visitation of your children; but, you are also fighting child support, spousal support, and division of marital assets, including division of retirement and pension accounts.

You will also be forced to divide marital property, including homes and businesses. Although Virginia is an equitable distribution state, it can feel like anything but equitable.

Adding to the emotional stress during this difficult time is that you may be facing the trial process for the first time. It’s essential to have a team of experienced attorneys on your side. Make sure your rights are protected and your case is prepared properly to get the best possible outcome for your divorce.

At Melone Hatley, we pride ourselves on ensuring our clients understand the process and protect their rights at every step. From filing the complaint for divorce to negotiating a settlement agreement to taking your case to trial, our team will lead you every step of the way.

Our unique background affords us experience in dividing businesses and setting business valuations, dividing military retirement and pensions, and the setting the valuation and division of marital homes that others do not possess.

If you are facing separation and divorce, contact our office today to schedule a call with one of our Client Services Coordinators.

Military Divorce

Military divorce cases offer unique challenges including custody and visitation issues, military retirement, support, and other matters. 

Our team of military divorce attorneys offer representation for servicemen and women. Our military members deserve effective advocacy during a difficult time. Our team makes it easy to stay on top of your case even from a distance.

The attorneys at Melone Hatley P.C. focus on a client-centered approach. That means communicating honestly with our clients about their rights and obligations during the process. It also means we tailor solutions depending on each client’s needs. Not every case will go through a contested trial. However, your case needs to be prepared for litigation at every stage.

Dividing military retirement and benefits can be one of the most contentious areas of military divorce cases. Spouses need to ensure their rights are protected and they don’t sacrifice more than is required for their case.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our military divorce attorneys to discuss your obligations under military retirement and divorce law.


Fighting for custody of your children can be one of the most emotionally taxing experiences of your life. Putting your children’s future in the hands of the court is not a decision to be taken lightly.

If you and the other parent cannot work out a custody and visitation arrangement, the court will make a determination of custody and visitation according to the best interests of the child. Our team has the experience to understand that every other weekend is not always the best schedule.

We will work with you and help you navigate the court system; the petitions for custody and visitation and the process of dealing with Guardians ad litem. We understand the unique challenges to contested custody and visitation cases and will help you focus on what is most important to you during this difficult time.

We obtain the best outcomes possible with your Child Custody issues, contact our office today to schedule a call with one of our Client Services Coordinators.

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Child Support

Figuring out child support is essential to ensuring your financial future is protected and is an important element to any custody and visitation case. The court will consider not only each parent’s income, but the needs and resources available to the child as well.

If you have a child with special needs, the court can deviate from the ordinary child support guidelines and focus on the financial needs of the child when determining child support.

It is imperative to ensure that the court calculates child support properly; and if one parent is not working, imputing income to that parent. Whether you are the parent who will be paying child support or the parent trying to get child support, bringing an experienced child support lawyer to court will ensure you get the best outcome.

Let us help you with your Child Support Matters. Get Clarity, contact our office today to schedule a call with one of our Client Services Coordinators.

Spousal Support

Spousal support/Alimony can be one of the most contentious pieces of any divorce. In determining spousal support/alimony, it is important to remember that every situation is unique. To calculate spousal support/alimony, the court will consider a number of factors in determining the appropriate amount and duration of the support/alimony.

Among the factors the court will consider are the parties’ relative earning capacity, their current employment, other sources of income, and the financial need of each party. In general, the longer the duration of the marriage, the longer duration of spousal support/alimony. In longer marriages, the court is more likely to award lifetime spousal support.

We will guide you through this difficult time and obtain the best possible outcome for your Spousal Support needs. Contact our office today to schedule a call with one of our Client Services Coordinators.

Reach out to one of our attorneys in the Reston office 703-995-9900 or Virginia Beach office 757-296-0580, or schedule a call with one of our Client Services Coordinators.

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  • E.C.

    What a breath of fresh air they were. After dealing with a terrible firm that took a divorce and turned it into a year long $30,000 nightmare. Emily Vaughn turned my case around in as little as a week. All parties were talking again and it was finished a month or two after that. Eric Schell and Emily Vaughn were hands down the best to work with. I would recommend them to anyone! I am and will continue to use them in other matters in the future. They truly impressed! Great job you two!!

  • J.G.

    I contacted the Charlotte office with some initial inquiries and found myself in contact with Haley Acuff. I was impressed with her obvious compassion and objectiveness. Her insightful questions helped me to clarify my thought process, while also inspiring confidence that I have indeed found the caring and capable legal representation I was hopeful to find.

  • R.S.

    “Worked with both James and Rebecca. Both were very professional and worked hard to make sure I was taken care of with my child support cases. I fully recommend them.”

  • M.A.

    “I had started this process of going through child custody at Norfolk JDR with Mr. Hatley about 2 1/2 years ago. He had done SO much from fighting false domestic violence charges to helping me gain custody of my son. I was skeptical when I first came in years ago because I got passed off from another lawyer to Mr. Hatley.

    I was very blunt and had told him that I needed everything he had and that is exactly what he did. He was there for every phone call, every emergency, every email, every court appearance on time and dressed extremely well. He knew his stuff and he had saved me a lot of money and time staying out of court for false charges. If you ever get the unlucky chance of having to go to court you wont be unlucky if you have Hatley on your side. Thank you guys for everything you have done.”

  • D.S.

    “This is by far the #1 Law Firm! I had the pleasure of hiring this firm at the Reston, Virginia location and it surpassed all of my expectations. Melone Hatley P.C has exceptional attributes including:

    1) Customer Service- The staff is ALWAYS pleasant/warming

    2) Communication- Attorney’s are very easy to contact and the response time is rapid.

    3) Cost- The retainer and hourly attorney fee’s are very cost efficient

    4) Client Case- They work diligently on my case”

  • N.N.

    “They were so friendly and attentive to the matter I brought to them. I wasn’t just treated like “another case”. It felt like they actually cared about me and the outcome of the matter I brought to them. The positive results they got me obviously were the best part!”

  • S.H.

    “I hired MH to handle a divorce. Charles and Angela have been nothing but professional, empathetic, and timely. There isn’t another firm out there that will provide this level of care. Highly recommended.”

  • A.D.

    “Ms. Alexandra at Melone Hatley is great with her communication skills. Very honest, helpful, and keeps to her word. Flawless system that this law firm has set up. Impressed to say the least.”


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