Matthew Smith is a junior partner at Livesay & Myers, P.C., practicing exclusively family law. He is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. Mr. Smith works in the firm’s Fairfax office, and represents clients in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington and all across Northern Virginia.
An attorney since 2005, Mr. Smith has litigated every type of family law case in the courts of Northern Virginia, including high value equitable distribution cases, custody, support, and military divorce cases. He is the attorney in the firm most experienced in navigating the Fairfax County court system.
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.
Matthew Smith resides with his wife in Tysons Corner, and works out of the firm’s office in Fairfax.
Fairfax Custody Case — Mr. Smith represented Ms. R for a day-long custody and visitation modification trial against her ex-husband in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The parties shared week-on, week-off custodial time, but Mr. R had recently moved into an excellent neighborhood and school district in a Prince William County. He was seeking primary custody and a change in schools for their two children. At trial, Mr. R's attorney had their high-school-aged daughter testify that Ms. R was abusive and that she (the daughter) wanted to live with Mr. R full-time. On cross-examination, Mr. Smith was able to conclusively but gently and respectfully establish that the daughter was not being truthful, had a track record of dishonesty, and had been heavily coached by Mr. R in advance of trial. Mr. Smith demonstrated throughout the course of the day that both children were better off residing in Ms. R's home on a primary basis, and that she provided much-needed structure and support for both children. The court ruled in favor of Ms. R.