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Katharine Maddox
  • Partner (Principal), 2014






Katharine has been recognized by U.S. News as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and Maddox & Gerock PC as one of the Best Law Firms in America.

Katharine is currently serving her first term as a Vice President of the USA chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IALF). 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/).

Katharine has over 18 years of experience in family law including in the areas of custody and visitation, division of property / marital assets including complex assets and business interests, determination of spousal and child support, and negotiation of settlement agreements. Katharine litigates when necessary, and works to settle matters outside of litigation whenever reasonably possible.  

In addition to being a Fellow of the IAFL, Katharine is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Katharine has regularly been selected as a both a "Super Lawyer" in the Super Lawyers publication as well as a "Top Lawyer" in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine. Katharine has 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 was first published in 2004 when she authored an article for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Thereafter, Katharine and her law partner Julie Gerock co-authored the Virginia chapter for an international family law treatise. Katharine has also been published by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on the topic of parent-child alienation in the context of family law cases. Most recently, Katharine was again published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association on the topic of relocation of children in custody matters.

Katharine has been featured and/or quoted in articles about family law in Northern Virginia Magazine, the National Law Journal and USA Today.

Katharine has presented at various legal conferences both domestically and internationally on a host of topics including processing divorces in Virginia, the Virginia rules of evidence, enforcement of custody orders and related remedies, application of the Uniform Child Custody and Enforcement Act, relocation of children (domestic and international), and litigating parent-child alienation matters. Katharine has also co-organized and moderated two symposiums on the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, one in New York City and one in Quebec City.

Katharine received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor (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 residential real estate agent.  Katharine enjoys travel, reading, cooking and spending time with her friends and family. Katharine's interest in international family law issues was bolstered by the fact that she previously lived in Rome, Italy and has extended family in Argentina. Katharine occasionally brings her friendly rescue dog, Bodhi, into work with her.  

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Custody and visitation
  • Spousal support
  • Division of marital property, including division of complex business interests and assets
  • Relocation of children as it relates to custody and visitation
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • International family law with a Virginia connection

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001


  • The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Student Chair of Academic Integrity Committee
    • Honors: Moot Court Board membership
    • Honors: Law Association of Women: Student Bar Association Representative and Co-Events Director
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 05/1996
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Relocation in Custody Cases: A History and the Present State of the Law, Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, https://www.maddoxandgerock.com/relocation_custody_cases.pdf
  • Understanding and Litigating Parent-Child Alienation Cases
  • Jurisdictional Comparisons, Family law in US: Virginia: Overview

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers: Selected as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyers Magazine (Virginia)
  • Northern Virginia Magazine: 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011 selected by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the top domestic relations lawyers in the area. In 2011, Featured in a profile titled Making the Case for Custody: http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/education/education-features/2011/12/28/family-and-all-it-entails-frozen-embryos-and-furry-friends/
  • AVVO (www.avvo.com)
  • “Superb” 10 out of 10 rating
  • Virginia Business Magazine Included in Virginia Business Magazine’s Family Law / Domestic Relations “Legal Elite” list (2013)
  • Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center Maddox & Gerock named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year (2015)
  • USA Today Quoted in Father’s Day edition: More dads demand equal custody rights (June 2014)
  • National Law Journal Quoted in National Law Journal article titled Divorce Lawyers Without Borders (January 2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), 2010 to 2018
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2016 to 2018
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Fairfax County (Virginia) Bar Association , 2001 to 2018
  • American Bar Association , 2001 to 2018
  • Virginia State Bar Association, 2001 to 2018

Pro Bono Activities

  • Maddox & Gerock was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the year in 2015
  • Maddox & Gerock regularly works with the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center