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Katharine Maddox
  • Partner (Principal), 2014






Katharine Maddox is equipped to handle all aspects of family law cases:  She has been in practice for over 20 years; she is well versed in negotiation and litigation, and she also pursues alternative dispute resolution where appropriate.

Katharine is a Fellow of both the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  Katharine is currently a Vice President of the USA chapter of the IAFL and she presently serves as Counsel to the IAFL (Global).

With respect to alternative dispute resolution, Katharine is a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator and can serve as the mediator where both parties agree.  In addition, Katharine is equipped to handle collaborative cases and she is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Processionals, the Virginia Collaborative Professionals, as well as the Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia. 

Katharine strives to work as part of a team with her clients in order to achieve the best outcome possible. This is true whether the case involves complex assets, custody of children, determination of financial support, or any of the other myriad of issues which must be determined pursuant to a separation or divorce.  Whenever reasonably possible, Katharine believes that rational settlements are in the best interests of the family unit in order to support the family moving on to the next phase of their lives.  However, when litigation is necessary, Katharine is a strong advocate in the courtroom.  As her mother (the founding partner of Maddox & Gerock P.C.) taught her, divorce attorneys do not create our client’s difficult situations but we can help to solve them in a respectful and professional manner. 

Katharine has been included in Washingtonian’s list of best family law attorneys and she has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by the Best Lawyers publication.  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 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 was first published in 2004 and has gone on to co-author the Virginia chapter of an international family law treatise with her law partner, Julie C. Gerock. Most recently, Katharine has been published on the topic of parent-child alienation as well as on the topic of relocation of children in custody matters.   

Katharine regularly presents 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), litigating parent-child alienation matters and law office management. 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.  In addition to family law, Katharine is passionate about her own family, her rescue dog Bodhi and cooking as much as possible (especially bread!).

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