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Top Divorce & Child Custody Lawyer 

Child custody and divorce are among the most challenging issues facing families. Having the best legal representation on your side can make a difference in the outcome, whether it be for a complicated divorce or  for changing child custody and visitation orders.

If you are contemplating parting ways with your spouse or a change in your child’s custody or visitation, it can be a complex and emotional experience. Having an experienced, knowledgeable attorney by your side will allow you to focus on your family, knowing we’ve got you covered.

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Ken, Avvo review

Paul Nichols represented me in a difficult child support case that required patience, knowledge of county laws and of my case. His 35+ years of practicing law allowed him to get things done through established relationships. This is the third time in many years, that Mr Nichols has represented me with divorce issues. He looks out for his clients best interest always, first and foremost.

Lisa Chambers, Google review

I know me and my children are in good hands until they become adults because of the handling of my case and the attention to detail…I will tell anyone looking for high quality legal representation in Northern VA to stop looking and retain Cassandra Chin. I’m almost missing her and the team. They actually cared about me and my kids and were not focused on padding their own pocketbooks at our expense. A rarity in this field.

Eric, Avvo review

I was referred to NZS by a local judge. My second marriage was headed for divorce, prompting my first wife to file for custody of my daughter. Ms. Chin always presented a compelling argument and exuded complete confidence in the courtroom. Her personal dedication to my case exceeded all expectations. Cassandra also has a supporting cast that makes it seem like you are her only client.

Ed Warfield, Google review

Paul Nichols representation in my divorce was nothing less than outstanding. After a difficult break up and separation, Paul was able to get the best settlement terms I could possibly have hoped for. Now I am able to move on with my life without the worry and stress of an elongated court battle or excessive financial burden. If you want the best, hire the best...Nichols, Zauzig and Sandler P.C.

3 reasons to choose Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C. for child custody & divorce in Manassas, Prince William or Stafford


Strong reputation locally and in Virginia

The strong reputation of Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C. in Virginia family law is built on 30 years of practicing in Manassas and Prince William County. Our attorneys know the local legal environment very well and are repeatedly recognized by their peers as Top Lawyers in Washingtonian magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine annual lists. Many of our family lawyers also help lead state organizations, like the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Board of Governors, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Nationally, they are recognized as Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® in America. We back up these credentials with superior service, as demonstrated by the testimonials.

Deep experience

We provide knowledgeable and realistic guidance, based on three decades of experience handling the often complex types of arrangements and circumstances that can be involved. In many cases, reaching an agreement during divorce or on custodial arrangements is not possible. When that happens, we will be your advocates in court and put our extensive experience handling Virginia custody matters to work for you.

Understanding your needs

We understand family disputes are emotionally and financially draining for all parties. We treat your case with the respect that it deserves and recognize that “seek and destroy” is not usually a fruitful approach. When there are children, careers, and other common interests that will bind two people together long after the ink is dry on a final divorce, a more practical approach is oftentimes best. However, we are prepared and highly experienced to litigate to the fullest extent, when necessary.


“After 3 attorneys, I found Paul who is honest, very competent and willing to fight for you in court. Paul also went an extra step to protect me and requested my payments for support through Child Support Enforcement to protect me from having to hire another attorney in the future.” – Robin

“Betty was the partner who handled my divorce along with Melanie Rice….[They] worked nights and weekends to try to get opposing counsel closer to a balanced settlement. I would recommend her to anyone who asked.” – Holly

“She kept close contact with my other attorney in different state to make the process smooth and minimize the negative effects on me. She was thorough, timely and always was available to answer questions. Due to her diligent effort, the legal process in another state was shortened by several months – her accuracy and timing has saved me time and money. Ms. Chin is among the best family attorneys in Northern Virginia. I would recommend Cassandra to anyone.” – A.N.

“From the start, I felt that Paul was not just my attorney, but a vested teammate, which was very comforting and reassuring. Paul’s legal knowledge and expertise, guidance and unwavering support through the divorce proceeding made an often tense, trying and volatile case much easier to comprehend and allowed me to see the bigger picture and focus on the ultimate goal.” T.M

“Mrs. Simmons helped me with a custody case for my son. I am extremely pleased on how she handled everything, she greatly advised and defended the best interest of my son. I would like to thank Mrs. Simmons for our recent case and also thank Mr. Hollingsworth, Mrs. Zimmerman and Mr. Nichols for all their help and advise during all this rough time for me. Great firm of professionals, highly ethical  thank you all for your work again!” – Carlos Murillo, Google review

“I’ve recommended Paul Nichols to several of my friends and acquaintances. He is an excellent family law attorney. The reason why I refer Paul is because in every instance, no matter how difficult, he consistently delivers an excellent settlement for his client. In the back of my mind, I think of him as a kind of avenger for spouses who are treated unfairly during divorce.” – Bill Root, Facebook review

“Cassandra was informative, concise and effective in guiding me to what available options were on my case. She advised me when options were not going to have a high chance of success as well as took the time to support my schedule and to be flexible in meetings that were important to my case. I highly Recommend her as both an ethical lawyer and highly professional for anyone in need of a good lawyer.” – Br. Sc., Google review

Our team has decades of experience handling all aspects of Divorce & Family Law, including:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Equitable Distribution
  • High-Net Worth Divorce
  • Business Valuation
  • Grandparent Visitation & Custody


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Top Divorce Attorney Melanie Corbin Rice

Melanie Corbin Rice


Woodbridge Divorce Lawyer


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