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What Makes a Strong Family Law Firm? Knowledge and Compassion


Our family law firm upholds the tenants of strong legal representation.

Legal problems can take a significant emotional and financial toll. When it comes to legal representation that can deliver results, finding a law firm that can combine expert knowledge with compassion for your situation is of utmost importance.

Strong legal representation always starts with a deep knowledge of the law. However, family lawyers must go further still. Studies suggest that charisma, people skills, and “a strong desire to help people” are the most sought after traits in family attorneys. Among surveyed practitioners, 55% mentioned patience as the number one trait needed to succeed. Family law often involves emotional crises. As such, effective communication stands out as one the most valuable qualities your law firm can possess.

Still, a strong family law firm must also have objectivity. They must be able to empathize with the client, but also remain detached enough to stay focused and committed to the legal conditions of the client’s situation. This delicate balancing act is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of family law, and yet The Carlberg Law Firm is uniquely positioned to serve its clients on both these fronts.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Attorneys might be dime a dozen, but not all law practices are created equal. At The Carlberg Law Firm we place great emphasis on dignity, dedication, and determination. Our lawyers take a keen interest in listening to people’s stories. For us, listening is a non negotiable part of our practice. We understand that every legal situation is unique, and that’s why we invest so much of our attention into each of our client’s needs. Representing individuals in both the District of Columbia and Virginia, our attorneys have immeasurable experience in virtually all facets of family law. We provide comprehensive and professional legal counsel. The Carlberg Law Firm always pursues a level of excellence needed to address your needs.

Our Specialties

Our attorneys are capable of handling a wide array of family law matters, including no-fault and fault-based divorce, high asset divorce, military divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, temporary or pendente lite support and more.


The process of legally terminating a marriage relationship is almost always laden with complications, stresses, and other emotional burdens. But it doesn’t have to be. The attorneys at The Carlberg Law firm provide the personalized and experienced legal representation needed to properly navigate a divorce. We can assist you in filing for a no-fault or fault-based divorce.

Premarital Agreements

A premarital or prenuptial agreement helps decrease the potential for conflicts and financial stresses in the event that a divorce occurs. While it may seem to difficult to imagine you and your future spouse falling out of favor with one another, it’s important to recognize that these things do happen. The Carlberg Law Firm can help you determine whether or not a premarital agreement is right for your situation. We have experience negotiating and drafting fair premarital agreements.

Postmarital Agreements

The divorce process can be settled quickly and more amicably through a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) or Property Settlement Agreement (PSA). These are detailed contracts that contain a set of terms by which the two parties will move forward with their lives. Resolving these matters by entering into these agreements can help avoid the emotional and financial stresses of going to court.

A MSA or PSA agreement includes, but is not limited to, asset and debt distribution, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, date of separation, and no-fault divorce. The Carlberg Law Firm can help protect your rights and interests by negotiating or drafting a fair marital or property settlement agreement.

Child Custody

Separation can become all the more difficult when it involves minor children. We understand that you want to look out for the interests of your child and ensure that their lives are as minimally affected as possible. The attorneys at The Carlberg Law Firm can help negotiate and litigate custody, visitation, and child support matters. We will work tirelessly to review your situation and obtain the best possible parenting arrangement for you and your child(ren).

Military Divorce

Military personnel and their spouses often face unique problems when it comes to divorce matters. Certain federal laws and military regulations may impact matters of divorce, property division, support, custody and visitation. Our attorneys are very familiar with all of the issues that can be involved in a military divorce.

Stepparent Adoption

The adoption process is governed by complex rules and procedures in the state of Virginia, which can be confusing for both biological and adoptive parents. Compounding with that are the emotional challenges that come with biological parents and their spouses deciding on whether or not to pursue stepparent adoption. Our attorneys can assist you in determining whether or not stepparent adoption is achievable, and if so, in finalizing the adoption.

Wills & Estates

It is essential to ensure that estate documents are up-to-date, whether you are going through a divorce or not. A Last Will and Testament, for example, is a legal document identifying the individual(s) or entity you wish to impart your real and personal property to upon your death. Our attorneys can assist you in drafting Last Will and Testaments, Advanced Medical Directives, and also Powers of Attorneys.

Same Sex Family Matters

The Carlberg Law Firm is proud to welcome the addition of same-sex and LGBT family matters to our legal practice following the 2015 Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges. Same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States and its territories, meaning that same-sex couples now have the same legal rights and responsibilities of opposite-sex couples under the law. Our attorneys have had the privilege of representing a wide-range of clients and we gladly welcome any gender, orientation, creed, race, ethnicity, or religion at our practice.

A Trusted Practice

A strong family law firm lives and dies by its reputation. Established by Gwendolyn Jo M. Carlberg in 1970, The Carlberg Law Firm has guided many clients through difficult family matters. Ms. Carlberg has over 50 years of experience in the field of family law and has been granted the “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, an honor given only when a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Ms. Carlberg is joined by associates Sharon Moss and Karrie M.B. Dodson to form a relentless team of attorneys with a diverse background and exhaustive knowledge of family law. Many of our clients come to us as referrals, so we pride ourselves on the long-term relationships we’ve built with our clients and members of our legal community. Learn more about how the lawyers and staff at The Carlberg Law Firm have earned the trust and respect of its clients by reading some of our testimonials.

Get Representation from The Carlberg Law Firm Today

Ready to tackle your legal issues head on? The Carlberg Law Firm provides all the experience and knowledge of a larger firm with the personal attention and commitment of a smaller firm. We represent individuals from both the District of Columbia and Virginia, and our attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of family law.

Our offices are located in a beautiful 1875 historic building in Old Town Alexandria at 413 North Washington Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Please contact us to set up an appointment at (703) 549 5551 or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


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