Military divorce lawyer Ben Carfiol

PRACTICE AREA

Divorce and Family Law

EDUCATION

Wake Forest University (J.D. 2008)
William & Mary (B.A. cum laude 2004)

Benjamin H. Carafiol

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

“What drives me is being able to make a difference in someone’s life during a difficult and important time.”

Ben Carafiol joined Nichols Zauzig in 2019 with a decade of family law experience and expertise in military divorce. He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for the past four years, an honor reserved for just 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia. 

During college at William & Mary, Ben was an academic standout and earned both a merit scholarship and recognition as a Monroe Scholar, which is awarded to less than 10% of undergraduate students. He carried this dedication to Wake Forest, where he earned a J.D., and was part of Law Review and an assistant for the Legal Research and Writing class.

What drives Ben’s family law practice is being able to make a difference in someone’s life during a challenging and important time. He likens it to his father’s dedication to his profession as a clinical psychologist. “My Dad met with people, counseled them, and helped them through difficult times. Law speaks to me in the same way, but I use my skills and talents for people in different, but equally trying situations.” 

Ben was exposed to several types of law practice before graduating from law school. Once he began practicing family law, there was no turning back. “Lawyers either practice family law for a short time and get out, or they are in it for life. I’m a lifer.” 

Mr. Carafiol has represented both sides in military family law matters and has mastered the resources, statutes and regulations that guide them. He’s authored over 40 articles about military family law and is a guest lecturer at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. He appreciates the nuances involved in military divorce and knows how and when to implement them. In the end, this knowledge allows Ben to make a difference for the many people in Northern Virginia who are – or are married to – active or retired service members. 

In addition to military divorce, Mr. Carafiol has litigated, settled or mediated every type of domestic relations matter. Former clients and other attorneys remark on Mr. Carafiol’s steady and wise counsel, his expansive knowledge of family law, and his passionate representation. Read through their reviews to understand how he has influenced their lives. 

With three young daughters, Ben’s after-hours time is spent with family. He and his wife, a high school English teacher, met while at William & Mary and married in Wren Chapel the summer he graduated from law school. A St. Louis native, Ben lives with his family in Spotsylvania.

  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association Virginia Family Law Coalition
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, Family Law, Virginia, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Virginia, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • Graduate Cum Laude, College of William & Mary, 2004
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, annually 2004-2008, for outstanding academic achievement and promise
  • James Monroe Scholar, College of William & Mary, limited to top 10% of undergraduates

“There is no doubt that without his expertise and thoroughness that I wouldn’t have gotten the results I wanted. He was straightforward with our courses of action but compassionate at the same time. I do not expect to need his services again because of the great work he provided but I would gladly use them again if needed.” – Walter, Avvo review

“My experience with Mr. Carafiol was superb. He settled my worries immediately. He answered my questions thoroughly and gave me the confidence needed to go through with a divorce. It was an emotional time and he got me through the process with compassion and care. “- Monica, Avvo review

“Benjamin handled my case with professionalism. He reassured me throughout the process and explained things in a way I could understand. He was well prepared for my case. We won my case against my sons father and I was awarded sole legal and physical custody of my son.” – Nicole, Avvo review

“When I was overseas Ben was able to reach me for any update and the response for my concerns was quick compare to the difference of time zone. Thanks to Ben finally my divorce ended with great results..”  – Jose Aviles, Avvo

“Ben helped me through a difficult divorce, stepping through the process with sound advice at every juncture. The situation was unstable, and my spouse was acting out of emotion. Any wrong turn could have ended in a protracted court battle, but Ben’s advice helped me secure a settlement out of court (and likely saved me thousands). I would work with him again.” – Mike, Avvo review

“Mr. Carafiol represented me through my divorce. He was knowledgeable and very accessible. This is a difficult and stressful transition so I was glad to have Mr. Carafiol walked me step by step through this whole legal process.” – CD, Avvo review

“It was a very stressful time for me and Mr. Carafiol’s calm demeanor was a big help because I was afraid I would have a hard time seeing my children.Well in that first meeting he told me what was going to happen in court and I’m happy to say he was right.The case was thrown out and I know if I ever have a need for a family attorney again,Mr. Carafiol will be the attorney I hire.” Earl, Avvo review

“Mr. Carafiol is excellent to work with. He kept me very informed and made the process go smoothly and quickly. I feel confident in his legal knowledge and trust him completely.” – Linda, Avvo review

“If you are seeking the best law firm service, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Benjamin Carafiol because he is the best one out there who truly cares about their clients’ interest. From first telephone consultation to the end, I was very impressed with each and every consultation I had with him.” – KK, Avvo review

“His advice saved a marriage, yet protected me in the future.” – Anonymous, Avvo review

Benjamin H. Carafiol

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
Military divorce lawyer Ben Carfiol

PRACTICE AREA

Divorce and Family Law

EDUCATION

Wake Forest University (J.D. 2008)
William & Mary  (B.A. cum laude 2004)

Overview

Ben Carafiol joined Nichols Zauzig in 2019 with a decade of family law experience and expertise in military divorce. He has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for the past four years, an honor reserved for just 2.5% of attorneys in Virginia. 

During college at William & Mary, Ben was an academic standout and earned both a merit scholarship and recognition as a Monroe Scholar, which is awarded to less than 10% of undergraduate students. He carried this dedication to Wake Forest, where he earned a J.D., and was part of Law Review and an assistant for the Legal Research and Writing class.

What drives Ben’s family law practice is being able to make a difference in someone’s life during a challenging and important time. He likens it to his father’s dedication to his profession as a clinical psychologist. “My Dad met with people, counseled them, and helped them through difficult times. Law speaks to me in the same way, but I use my skills and talents for people in different, but equally trying situations.” 

Ben was exposed to several types of law practice before graduating from law school. Once he began practicing family law, there was no turning back. “Lawyers either practice family law for a short time and get out, or they are in it for life. I’m a lifer.” 

Mr. Carafiol has represented both sides in military family law matters and has mastered the resources, statutes and regulations that guide them. He’s authored over 40 articles about military family law and is a guest lecturer at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. He appreciates the nuances involved in military divorce and knows how and when to implement them. In the end, this knowledge allows Ben to make a difference for the many people in Northern Virginia who are – or are married to – active or retired service members. 

In addition to military divorce, Mr. Carafiol has litigated, settled or mediated every type of domestic relations matter. Former clients and other attorneys remark on Mr. Carafiol’s steady and wise counsel, his expansive knowledge of family law, and his passionate representation. Read through their reviews to understand how he has influenced their lives. 

With three young daughters, Ben’s after-hours time is spent with family. He and his wife, a high school English teacher, met while at William & Mary and married in Wren Chapel the summer he graduated from law school. A St. Louis native, Ben lives with his family in Spotsylvania.

Leadership

  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association Virginia Family Law Coalition

Honors

  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, Family Law, Virginia, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Virginia, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • Graduate Cum Laude, College of William & Mary, 2004
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, annually 2004-2008, for outstanding academic achievement and promise
  • James Monroe Scholar, College of William & Mary, limited to top 10% of undergraduates

Testimonials

“There is no doubt that without his expertise and thoroughness that I wouldn’t have gotten the results I wanted. He was straightforward with our courses of action but compassionate at the same time. I do not expect to need his services again because of the great work he provided but I would gladly use them again if needed.” – Walter, Avvo review

“My experience with Mr. Carafiol was superb. He settled my worries immediately. He answered my questions thoroughly and gave me the confidence needed to go through with a divorce. It was an emotional time and he got me through the process with compassion and care. “- Monica, Avvo review

“Benjamin handled my case with professionalism. He reassured me throughout the process and explained things in a way I could understand. He was well prepared for my case. We won my case against my sons father and I was awarded sole legal and physical custody of my son.” – Nicole, Avvo review

“When I was overseas Ben was able to reach me for any update and the response for my concerns was quick compare to the difference of time zone. Thanks to Ben finally my divorce ended with great results..”  – Jose Aviles, Avvo

“Ben helped me through a difficult divorce, stepping through the process with sound advice at every juncture. The situation was unstable, and my spouse was acting out of emotion. Any wrong turn could have ended in a protracted court battle, but Ben’s advice helped me secure a settlement out of court (and likely saved me thousands). I would work with him again.” – Mike, Avvo review

“Mr. Carafiol represented me through my divorce. He was knowledgeable and very accessible. This is a difficult and stressful transition so I was glad to have Mr. Carafiol walked me step by step through this whole legal process.” – CD, Avvo review

“It was a very stressful time for me and Mr. Carafiol’s calm demeanor was a big help because I was afraid I would have a hard time seeing my children.Well in that first meeting he told me what was going to happen in court and I’m happy to say he was right.The case was thrown out and I know if I ever have a need for a family attorney again,Mr. Carafiol will be the attorney I hire.” Earl, Avvo review

“Mr. Carafiol is excellent to work with. He kept me very informed and made the process go smoothly and quickly. I feel confident in his legal knowledge and trust him completely.” – Linda, Avvo review

“If you are seeking the best law firm service, don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Benjamin Carafiol because he is the best one out there who truly cares about their clients’ interest. From first telephone consultation to the end, I was very impressed with each and every consultation I had with him.” – KK, Avvo review

“His advice saved a marriage, yet protected me in the future.” – Anonymous, Avvo review

“What drives me is being able to make a difference in someone’s life during a difficult and important time.”