Alanna Williams

The Law Office of Alanna Williams
10400 Eaton Place, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA 22030

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Divorcing a Spouse who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Disclaimer: I have no psychological training or experience. This article is based solely on my experience as a family law attorney. Fact Pattern: Jennifer who was 32 years of age, just went through a nasty divorce and is now a single mom ...

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Custody and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)

The UCCJEA answers the following questions: Where can I file for custody and where can I enforce a custody order? This blog provides information on where to file for custody. Generally jurisdiction lies within the home state or the state with ...

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Finding the Right Attorney

The range of attorneys and the legal services they provide are as varied as the people in our community. Finding the right attorney for you and your case are important for a favorable outcome. Below are a few examples: Abby and Zev have been ...

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What are nonmonetary contributions?

Virginia Code §10-107.3(E) mandates the Court to consider both monetary and nonmonetary contributions when dividing the parties marital assets and debts. The following is a list of some of the nonmonetary contributions you may have made during the ...

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Your Relationship With Your Family Law Attorney

For many people, their first experience with the Court and working with an attorney is when they go through a divorce. The following is some of the mistakes people make that negatively impact their relationship with their attorney. Most family law ...

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I am originally from San Diego, California where I obtained both a B.S. and a B.A. degree from San Diego State University in 1986, After spending several years in the private business sector, I attended California Western School of Law, graduating in 1991.

I spent the first seven years of my legal career in San Diego, California, where I represented more than 400 clients in a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury, medical malpractice, contract disputes and wrongful banking practices. It was during these initial years in California that I honed my negotiation and litigation skills.

In 1999, I relocated to Northern Virginia and focused my practice on family law issues of divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony) and equitable distribution of property.

Immediately after passing the Virginia Bar in 1999, I joined McDowell and Associates where I learned all aspects of family law. I joined The Duff Law Firm in June 2004, where I continued to handle all aspects of family law matters, and became a Principal of the Firm in February 2009.

On October 1, 2016, I opened my practice, The Law Office of Alanna Williams, PLLC

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Division of Marital Assets/Equitable Distribution
  • Child Support
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Property Settlement Agreements/Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Domestic Violence and Neglect
  • Protective Orders
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1999
  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: Jessup Moot Court Team (1989-1991)
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    • B.S. - 1986
    • Major: Business
  • San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: Political Science


  • The National Advocates – Top 100 Lawyers”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member (inactive)
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court Committee
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011 - Present
  • Fairfax Law Foundation

Pro Bono Activities

  • Virginia Legal Services, 2008 - 2009