Katharine Maddox

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Partner
Location:
Falls Church, Virginia
Phone:
703-883-8035
Fax:
703-356-6120
Email:

Katharine has always had a passion for the field of family law and for assisting families compassionately through difficult times.  As a young child of divorced parents, she has a unique perspective on the impact of divorce on children.  Additionally, Katharine has worked in family law firms since the age of 14 when she started working for Betty A. Thompson and Marcia M. Maddox as a summer intern. 

Katharine has experience in all areas of family law, both domestic and international, including preparation of settlement agreements and litigation concerning the following issues: 

  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Division of marital property including division of complex business interests and assets
  • Custody and visitation
  • Relocation of children as it relates to custody and visitation
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Protective orders

Memberships:

Katharine is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).   The IAFL is "a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries." (http://www.iafl.com/). In addition, Katharine is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Fellows of the AAML are "recognized by the bench and bar as a leading practitioner in the area of matrimonial law." (http://www.aaml.org/).

Recognitions:

Katharine has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2013, and prior to that she was selected as a "Rising Star" in the Super Lawyers publication.  In addition, Katharine has three-times been selected as a "Top Lawyer" in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine. 

She has also been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the field of family law by Virginia Business Magazine and she has received the top rating possible, "Superb, 10 out of 10" from the AVVO ratings website. 

Katharine has been featured in the following publications:

Lectures and Publications:
Katharine has lectured on family law issues to the IAFL as well as to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association.

Katharine was first published in 2004 when she authored an article for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association titled "Relocation in Custody Cases:  A History and the Present State of the Law." 

More recently, Katharine and her law partner Julie Gerock have co-authored the Virginia chapter of the European Lawyer Reference Series, Family Law:  Jurisdictional Comparisons.  According to the book description, "The reader-friendly Q&A gives a high level overview of key issues including jurisdiction and conflict of law; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; divorce, nullity, and judicial separation; children; surrogacy and adoption; marriage; and controversial areas and reform....Written by leading lawyers in their countries...contributors are ideally placed to provide practical, straightforward commentary on the inner workings of their respective legal systems."

Katharine's background:

Katharine's interest in international family law issues was bolstered by the fact that she previously lived in Rome, Italy for 16 months. 

Katharine received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and her J.D. (with Honors) from The George Washington University, where she served as the Chairperson of the Law School Academic Integrity Committee. 

Katharine grew up locally, the daughter of a family law attorney (mother) and a real estate developer and agent (father).  Katharine is married to Eduardo Manus, who is himself a real estate agent licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. with Keller Williams Relaty (http://www.dcmetroareahomes.com/ and www.facebook.com/dcmetroareahomes).

Katharine enjoys travel, reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family including her extended family in Argentina.  Katharine occasionally brings her friendly rescue dog, Bodhi, into work with her.

    

Areas of Practice

  • International Family Law
  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Chairperson of the Law School Academic Integrity Committee
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A.
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

Classes/Seminars

  • Family Law Issues, IAFL, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Fairfax Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2008 - 2009
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010 - 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2013 - Present
  • “Top Lawyer” in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine
  • “Superb, 10 out of 10” from the AVVO ratings website

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), Fellow
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Betty A. Thompson and Marcia M. Maddox, Summer Intern