Family Law Attorney

heshire I'Anson Eveleigh is one of the premier family law attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a result of her reputation, she receives referrals for new cases from all over the country, especially from other members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”). The AAML was formed to recognize preeminent family law attorneys across the United States and was founded “[t]o provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” Recently, Cheshire was invited to become a diplomate in the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (“ACFTL”). The ACFTL is a select group of the 100 top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. There are only 2 ACFTL diplomates in Virginia. Diplomates, all members of the AAML, are chosen based upon their recognized litigation skills and courtroom abilities. In addition to being a member of the AAML, Cheshire has an AV Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. An AV Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence. Cheshire is consistently praised by her clients on where you can see testimonials from some of her former clients. Cheshire’s family law practice includes divorces, prenuptial agreements, marital agreements, separation agreements, property and business valuations, equitable distribution (marital property division), spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation cases. As the daughter of a career military member, she is familiar with military issues including the impact that transfers of duty stations can have on families, such as in custody and visitation issues. Cheshire also serves as the chair of the Virginia Family Law Coalition. The Coalition is a joint committee of the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. The primary purpose of the Coalition is to provide information to the General Assembly on family law legislation, whether that is in the form of preparing legislation for passage, providing background information to legislators to aid them in proposing legislation or testifying for or against pending legislation. While practicing law over the past twenty-seven years, Cheshire has taught a variety of family law topics to other attorneys by lecturing at continuing legal education seminars. The topics have covered a wide range from civility and professionalism for lawyers to complex issues related to support cases.

Bar Admissions

  • 1990 Bar of Virginia
  • 1990 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia


The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
JD - Juris Doctor - 1989
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
BA - Bachelor of Arts - 1984

Career Highlights

  • Named Best Lawyer’s, Norfolk Family Law, “Lawyers of the Year”, 2016
  • Virginia Bar Association, Legislative Advocacy Award Recipient
  • Named One of the Best Lawyers in America for Family Law
  • Listed as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Family Law), Virginia Business Magazine, 2001 – 2004, 2006 – 2015, 2017
  • Selected as one of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s, “Top Lawyers”, 2016 - 2017
  • Listed as one of Virginia’s “Super Lawyers” (Family Law), Virginia Business Magazine, 2006 – 2017
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Virginia, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Listed as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Virginia Business Magazine, 2005
  • A Hampton Roads Outstanding Professional Woman, 2002
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law 2011
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association Joseph L. Lyle, Jr. Professionalism Award, 2013


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