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Barry Jay Waldman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fredericksburg, VA

4.5   15 reviews
Licensed for 23 years Virtual consultation available
Licensed for 23 years Virtual consultation available

About Barry

Learn Barry’s areas of practice.

Barry Waldman is the member-owner of Waldman & Associates, PLLC. He has over 20 years of experience to bring to your case.

Mr. Waldman was the Son of a Navy family and was born at the Keflavik Naval Air Station, Keflavik, Iceland. His family moved soon thereafter to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Mr. Waldman grew up and graduated from Princess Anne High School. Barry attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in History and a minor in Urban Planning. Mr. Waldman was active in the Inter-Fraternity Council, was an editorialist for a college newspaper, and a morning drive-time DJ for a radio station. Upon graduation Mr. Waldman worked as an account representative for a major textile manufacturer, serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Under Mr. Waldman's management, sales grew in his territory by over 400%.

Mr. Waldman attended law school at the University of Richmond’s School of Law in Richmond, Virginia. While there, he served as President of the school's chapter of the American Bar Association, participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic, and published two scholarly articles. Mr. Waldman served as the Manuscripts Editor for the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the first law journal published exclusively online.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Waldman commenced his legal career as an associate attorney with a law firm located in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2000 Mr. Waldman relocated his practice to Spotsylvania and began to focus his practice on Individual Services.

In 2005 Mr. Waldman formed his own law firm, Waldman & Associates, PLLC, serving individuals in the Fredericksburg Area. Mr. Waldman has represented thousands of clients in the Fredericksburg Region, focusing on Divorce, Family Law, Custody, and visitation related issues.

Barry has served his community as a Member and Chairman of the Architectural Review Board of the City of Fredericksburg, as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the City of Fredericksburg, as Chairman of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Fredericksburg Program, as a Member of the Board of Directors for Rappahannock Goodwill Inc., and has served both the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association and Virginia State Bar in leadership positions.

Mr. Waldman has handled simple Divorces, and Multi-Million Dollar Asset Client divorces with success for his clients. He has handled simple custody matters and multi-state and complicated third-party custody matters with success. Put his experience to work for you today.


Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Licensed for 23 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 03/29/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Waldman & Associates, PLLC
1300 Thornton Street
Suite 200
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401


4.5 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2013
Couldn't be happier
Barry helped me avoid letting emotions get in the way of getting things done. He dealt with the other lawyer who was difficult, annoying and unprofessional, and kept me focused on the end result. In the end, I got exactly what I told my husband I wanted a year earlier, and was shocked how much less I paid than him for my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2013
Professional and Honest
Mr. Waldman kept me focused on the end result and reminded me to not let emotions dictate my divorce case. He was honest and descriptive about how the process worked, more so than my prior lawyers. He made the experience a professional one, and finished what others couldn't.
Posted by Robert | September 30, 2022
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Satisfied customer
Barry did a great job on my case. He was professional and thorough. I would recommend him to others.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2022
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custody case
One of the best!! we hired Mr. Waldman in 2018 for a custody case and used him again in 2022. He's very knowledgeable, trustworthy, and gets the job done! I highly recommend to anyone!!
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2022
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Great advice
In a difficult argument over finances and my child, Mr. Waldman gave me great advice. I'll be a client again, if I ever need a lawyer in the future.
Posted by AD | September 24, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Top local lawyer. No question, talk to him first. Mr. Waldman handled my extremely complicated divorce/custody case. He is knowledgeable and professional. The staff in his office was very professional and helpful. I totally recommend him.
Posted by Becky | November 30, 2012
Grateful and Thankful for Mr. Barry Waldman
I am grateful and thankful for Mr. Barry J. Waldman Mr. Waldman's professional legal counseling and representation helped reassure me through my challenging times in my life. I appreciated their professionalism and legal expertise resolving any concerns I have in my legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2012
Super Lawyer!
I am single dad and was in the process of pursuing custody of my son, there were a lot of factors that had to be taken into consideration and i felt my case was a little complicated and the fact that i am full time working dad i thought the odds were against me, Mr. Waldman handled it like it was a breeze, his confidence in himself kept me going. He consistently kept me updated on my case by mail and was very informative throughout the entire time. His staff was also very helpful and pleasant, This man is very sharp, confident, Honest, and straight to the point. he cut out anything unnecessary quickly and prepared me for everything that was going to matter in the short time we had i was very nervous going into court and was probably not the easiest client he had to work with but he would quickly turn around a situation if i started to fumble. In the end i was awarded Joint Legal /Full Physical Custody of my son. Fees were fair and very flexible He defiantly is worth way more then he charges! He really is a Super Lawyer! :)
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2012
I couldn't say enough good things about Mr. Waldman.
Mr. Waldman handled my extremely complicated and drawn out adoption case. He is knowledgeable, professional, and just plain good at what he does. He managed to sift through a plethora of useless details in our case and get to the heart of the matter. His approach is very practical, which put us at ease. He is confident in his abilities and his confidence is founded in a mastery of his craft. The support staff in his office was also very personable and helpful. Fees were fair and forgiving, and payment was very flexible. To be honest he is probably worth a fair amount more than he charges. And in the end, I became a mommy (officially)!
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Posted by Joe | October 26, 2011
Great Lawyer
Mr. Waldman kept pushing to get my divorce to trial, and kept pushing to insure we had the information we needed. He was very professional and achieved a great result for me.
Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2011
The Best
Just simply did the job and did it well. I got custody of my kids, and he charged me half of what my ex's lawyer did.
Posted by LS | March 24, 2011
Quick & Professional
He removed the stress for me and really wrapped my whole case up quickly and professionally. I would definitely send anyone I know in Virginia to him
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2011
Honest Advice & Accurate Assesment
Mr. Waldman reviewed my case after my first lawyer really put me in a bind. He was honest with the problems I was going to face. In the end, the result he told me was most likely, was almost exactly what the judge ordered in my divorce. He told what the process was, what was going to happen, and it did.
Posted by Marissa | July 17, 2015
Same quality of a free representation lawyer
It makes me sick to my stomach that I paid him to insult me. I paid for an hour consultation (which by the way, I only got 40 minutes of, before he decided the consult was over.) I had two cases that I was looking to be represented in, one for custody, and one for child support. (They were in separate counties) The one for child support, was a little complicated. I had an old order, that had been closed, but there were still arrears on it. He couldn't give a projection on whether it would be likely or unlikely that I would be able to collect it. There is a calculator guideline that is used to calculate child support in most cases, and I understand that. But the father was asking for deviation (lowered) amount. It seemed like Barry had nothing to say regarding that, just kept mentioning the calculator. Then he straight up told me he would not represent me for the child custody one, because of WHERE it was located. So I asked for legal advice on it, since I paid for the consultation, and had time left- I might as well at least get advice if nothing else. He wouldn't even do that. Bottom line: He couldn't give a projected outcome. He never referenced laws statues. He didn't seem confident in representation. He was rude. He was not knowledgeable about child support deviation. He had no personality, and seemed like he hated his job. No spark about him at all. He seemed like he just goes with the flow, not caring if he wins or loses- no fight in him at all. I set up a consultation with another lawyer, who I have attained. She seemed very eager to help me, and very knowledgeable about family law. She quoted statues that would be used to determine the custody case. She also stated that by law, I would be able to collect any arrears- something Barry had no clue about. Shes also very professional, and confident in litigation-- unlike Barry. If I'm paying $350/hr, I expect them to fight for me- which is exactly what my new lawyer is doing.
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Response from Barry Waldman September 7, 2016
Sometimes a lawyer chooses, for a variety of reasons, not to represent a particular individual. Although I do not turn down the opportunity to represent a potential client often, in this case I chose to do so. I never actually represented this individual, and explained at the beginning of the consultation that I would not be able to represent her in reference to a matter that was further than I choose to travel for court appearances. I offered to refund her consultation fee prior to meeting with her, once I realized her matter would require appearance in a court that was beyond my region. She insisted on meeting. She was not, in fact, ever a client, even though she has sought to post this same review on three separate occasions. I am pleased that she was able to find representation where her matter was pending that apparently was to her liking. I hope she obtained the result she wanted to achieve.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2012
Do not use him
He does not return emails/phone calls. He is not prepared, is disoriented and did not keep me informed of my case. He never appeared to know anything about me or my case. I fired him.
Response from Barry Waldman August 21, 2012
Unfortunately, this individual has made these similar complaints about three different attorneys in relation to the same matter.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Waldman & Associates, PLLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Shareholder/Attorney
  • Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC
  • 2012 - 2017


  • University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Surles v. Mayer
  • Client prevailed


  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member, Board of Governors
  • 2021 - Present
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Leadership Fredericksburg
  • Chairman, Leadership Advisory Board
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Board of Zoning Appeals, Fredericksburg
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • 15th Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Chairman, Commission on Children and the Law
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Architectural Review Board, Fredericksburg
  • Former Member & Chairman
  • 2001 - 2009
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Ten of the Next Gen
  • Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013
  • Leadership Fredericksburg Fellow, 2013
  • Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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  • Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
  • A Unified Approach to Cyber-Libel: Defamation on the Internet, A Suggested Approach
  • 1999
  • Richmond Journal of Law and Technology
  • Overview-Regulatory Change in the Energy and Telecommunications Industries
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar
  • A View from the Bench - Use of Expert Witnesses
  • 2022
  • 41st Annual Family Law CLE - VA CLE
  • Moderator
  • 2022
  • 40th Annual Family Law CLE - VA CLE
  • Love & Income in the Time of Covid
  • 2021
  • FABA Lunch & Learn
  • Jurisdictional Interplay - Circuit Court and JDR in Family Law Matters
  • 2014
  • CLE Luncheon
  • Federal Civilian Employee Retirement Benefits
  • 2013
  • FABA Lunch & Learn
  • Virginia Rules of Evidence
  • 2012
  • FABA Lunch & Learn
  • Insurance Issues in Family Law Litigation
  • 2011
  • Fredericksburg Bar CLE
  • Child In Need of Services/Supervision Cases
  • 2010
  • Fredericksburg Bar Association CLE
  • Adult Protective Orders
  • 2009
  • Fredericksburg Advanced Preservation Workshop
  • Surviving the Legal Maze
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Barry
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Waldman is an experienced trial lawyer. He has even given speaking engagements on law matters due to his expertise in family law. He will work diligently on your case. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer he is very professional and knowledgeable."
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Fredericksburg Divorce and separation Lawyer Barry Jay Waldman
Barry Jay Waldman
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fredericksburg, VA
Licensed for 23 years
Virtual consultation available