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Benjamin Hale Carafiol

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fredericksburg, VA

4.6   13 reviews

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About Benjamin

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Ben Carafiol dedicates his practice to making a difference in someone's life. He has represented clients throughout Northern Virginia for the past twelve years. Former clients and other attorneys alike remark on his steady counsel and expansive knowledge. Ben has litigated, mediated, or settled every type of family law matter in Virginia. Those efforts have earned him a Superb rating from Avvo and a perfect 10.0 from Justia. He is also recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, and has been every year since 2016.

Born in St. Louis, Ben attended The College of William & Mary, where he graduated cum laude. He carried this dedication to Wake Forest University, where he earned his law degree. While there, he was part of Law Review and a teaching assistant for the Legal Research and Writing class. After completing his law degree in 2008, Ben returned to Virginia and began to practice law. He soon began focusing on family law in the Fredericksburg area, where he has represented thousands of clients. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association.

Ben specializes in military divorce and the unique issues they present. He has represented both sides in military family law matters, mastering its statutes, rules, and regulations. That experience lets him see all the angles in these complex and intricate cases. This allows Ben to make a difference for the many people in Northern Virginia who are – or are married to – active or retired service members.

Beyond family law, Ben also helps individuals and couples in estate planning. He works with them to learn their goals and the reasons behind those goals.

With three young daughters, Ben spends his after-hours time 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. They live in the Fredericksburg area, and catch a FredNats game whenever possible.

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Licensed for 14 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/27/2022

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

Contact Benjamin

The Law Office of Benjamin H Carafiol, PLC
910 Littlepage Street
Ste A
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
I really appreciate the efforts of Mr. Carafoil and Ms. Constant. They worked very hard on my case and helped me get it resolved. They came up with great solutions. I would highly recommend them both!
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Advice
Worked with me and completed in a timely manner. His advice saved a marriage, yet protected me in the future. Thanks
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, timely, and prepared.
Ben, was a great attorney. He was cordial during the consultation and intently listened to my concerns. In court he was well prepared. Citing cases that were indisputable and seemingly had the state's attorney conceding to, Ben in the matter before he finished his remarks. Ben, is certainly worthy of referring to anyone needing a dependable, professional attorney to fight on their behalf.
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Posted by Walter | March 16, 2017
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A Great Person To Have Representing Your Best Interest
Ben was a very professional and reliable lawyer. I previously had two lawyers outside of his firm in the past and neither of them gave me the attention to detail as him and his team did. He not only provided me with an explanation of the processes dealing with custody but also provided a detailed outline of what it consisted of. His team also kept me up to date with required documents but also detailed invoices of all expenses. 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.
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Posted by Monica | November 9, 2016
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Thank You!
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. He acted quickly and his paralegal, Ms. Lloyd, was always right there and very responsive. I would most certainly retain him again, if needed. It was an emotional time and he got me through the process with compassion and care. I simply cannot thank him (and the staff) enough.
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Posted by Nicole | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Custody
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. Ashley and the rest of the staff at the firm are also very helpful and kind.
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Posted by Mike | September 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding, Patient, Honest, Shrewd
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.
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Posted by CD | March 29, 2015
Excellent attorney services
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. I would recommend him to anybody in a similar situation.
Posted by Earl | September 22, 2014
Very professional attorney
Recently my wife put a protective order on me,so I researched some local lawyers and found Mr. Carafiol to be highly rated.I set up a consolation with him and found him to be very knowledgable and understanding to my situation.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.
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Posted by Linda | May 23, 2012
Excellent lawyer to work with!
Mr. Carafiol is excellent to work with. He handled both a modification to my separation agreement and my name change. He kept me very informed and made the process go smoothly and quickly. I feel confident in his legal knowledge and trust him completely. I have already recommended him to several friends and will continuing hiring him for all of my legal needs.
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Posted by KK | April 5, 2011
happy client!
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 and his paralegal team. Mr. Ben Carofiol and his paralegal team effectively solved my complex issues I had while flawlessly responding over numerous email inquiries. Mr. Carofiol extraordinary skills and total commitment to its clients mark him an outstanding attorney. His proficiency sets him apart and he would be an immesaurable asset to the people who need legal help. I will not hesitate to seek their services for my future legal needs. Without question, Mr. Carafiol and his paralegal Ashley Constant made a difference....thanks for all that you do!
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Posted by Jose | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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J. Aviles
Ben is a really pacient lawyer and endured with me the 3 years difficult divorce process. Also, 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. Thank to Ben finally my divorce ended with great results.
Posted by Nick | August 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awful representation
Benjamin Carafiol represented me in a custody case. Although he was supplied with ample evidence, he failed to submit the evidence at the hearing even though I requested it. The final determination was disastrous to me. The judges determination was negative towards me and the reason the judge outlined was due to lack of evidence. His lawfirm, Livesay & Myers refunded the fees that I paid for the representation, but the damage that this caused not only will cost me many times this amount, but it has also hurt my ability to spend more time with my children. I do not recommend using this attorney or the firm he represents, Livesay & Myers.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • The Law Office of Benjamin H. Carafiol, PLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Nichols Zauzig, PC
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Senior Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2019
  • Associate
  • Livesay & Myers, P.C.
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Robert Weed
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2008
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Spotsylvania Divorce Case
  • Indefinite Spousal Support to Client

Associations

  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 In Virginia
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
  • 2016
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • College of William & Mary
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Introduction to Law and Legal Writing
  • Virginia Family Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (32)
Endorse Benjamin
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben Carafiol is a dedicated advocate for his clients. He has great attention to detail as well as a vast knowledge of the law. When I am unable to take a case, I do not hesitate to recommend Mr. Carafiol. He works hard for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse Mr. Carafiol. He is a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney, especially in the area of military divorce. Mr. Carafiol is a dedicated attorney who will fight to obtain the best possible results for his clients. I recommend him to anyone seeking counsel in Northern Virginia for family law matters."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Caraflol's publications and answers to questions on this website illustrate his in-depth knowledge of Family Law and the ability to provide excellent service to clients in Northern Virginia."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Carafiol. His family law knowledge is expansive, particularly when dealing with the intricacies of military divorces. Ben's warm demeanor coupled with his passion for his clients makes him an outstanding and effective advocate in and out of the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Carafiol is a well respected family law attorney.He is knowledgeable in all areas of family law making him a highly effective advocate for his client."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ben is a dedicated and outstanding professional. His book smarts give him the edge on his competition, and his street smarts help him use the law to his clients' advantage, whether through zealous representation in court or wise and steady counsel in the course of a settlement negotiation. No wonder he has achieved so much during his years of practice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Carfiol is a dedicated and compassionate advocate. His years of experience and professional reputation lead me to recommend him as an advocate for those in the midst of custody or divorce matters."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ben is extremely knowledgeable, personable and eager to help. His depth of knowledge, coupled with his calm demeanor, make him a great choice for anyone going through a divorce or custody matter. Ben receives my highest endorsement."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ben Carafiol is a conscientious and dedicated attorney. He advocates passionately on behalf of his clients while maintaining respect with his adversaries on the opposing side. I absolutely endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Ben is a highly experienced attorney with a solid knowledge of family law. He works hard for his clients and has a successful track record to prove it. I would recommend Ben to anyone who needs representation in a family law matter."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Other
"I do not personally know Benjamin but I have read many of his answers to questions on Avvo.com and he provides solid "advice" and accurate answers to just about every question I have reviewed."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"A highly skilled and knowledgeable attorney, it is without hesitation that I endorse this lawyer. If you are in the process of separation or divorce, Mr. Carafiol will go the extra mile to ensure that you fully understand the process and obtain the best result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Having worked with Ben as both opposing counsel and as a co-worker, I can heartily endorse him as a professional and dedicated advocate for his clients in family law matters."
Family Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Any time I am looking for some insight or feedback on a complex family law issue, I turn to Ben. He is knowledgeable and skilled in his practice, and clients would be lucky to have him as their attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Ben Carafiol is a skilled advocate in the area of family law. He is also a prolific writer for the Livesay & Myers, P.C. blog, writing pieces that are both informative and entertaining. Mr. Carafiol has a warm personality that translates into the genuine care he has for his clients. I highly endorse Mr. Carafiol."
Family Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ben is an exceptional attorney. He has a way of bringing balance, foresight, and stability to difficult situations. He also has a depth of understanding of family law that is second to none, particularly in the realm of military divorce."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ben Carafiol is a rising star among military divorce lawyers in the Stafford and Fredericksburg area. I endorse him wholeheartedly to anyone in search of an energetic, knowledgeable attorney for a separation or divorce case, particularly one involving issues of military or government retirement."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"An outstanding military divorce attorney, Mr. Carafiol receives my highest endorsement."
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