Maryse C. Allen


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Maryse Allen, a partner of Compton & Duling, L.C., is the head of the domestic relations practice at the firm. She is an experienced trial attorney who handles divorce litigation involving complex issues including: equitable distribution of property, business valuations, military and federal government retirement benefits, child and spousal support, as well as child custody and visitation. She believes in leaving no stone unturned in advancing her clients’ interests and aggressively pursues court rulings and favorable settlements for her clients. Maryse is experienced in negotiating and drafting prenuptial, marital, separation and property settlement agreements.  Ms. Allen is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education courses and she has received Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Influential Women of Law Award” (Inaugural Class, 2019).  She has received an AV rating, which is the highest peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, Super Lawyers designations (2016-2019), and the 2016 “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.


  • Virginia State Bar Executive Committee, 2019-present
  • Bar Council, 31st Judicial Circuit Representative, 2016-present
  • Virginia State Bar Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 2019-present
  • Prince William County Bar Association Board of Directors, since 2016
  • Color of Justice Committee (Prince William County), 2019-present
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center Gala Committee Member, 2018-2019
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association Board Member, 2010 – 2016
  • President of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2013-2014
  • President of the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, 2011-2012
  • Faculty member of National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, since 2002
  • Prince William County Bar Association, since 1997
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • The ARC, Board of Directors, 2009-2011
  • Beat the Odds Program, Mentor
  • Prince William County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, Committee Member, 2010-2011
  • Fellow at The Virginia Law Foundation, 2022


“Prince William Circuit Court Guidelines,” CLE Speaker (Manassas, Virginia, February 1, 2019)

“Practice Pointers in PWC: A Round Table Discussion” – Family Law Discussion Leader, presented by the Prince William County Bar Association (Manassas, Virginia, May 30, 2018)

“Progress in Recognizing Our Responsibility to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services,” presented at the VWAA Fall Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration (Charlottesville, Virginia October 7, 2016)

“Tips from the Pros: Effective Mediation and Litigation of Equitable Distribution,” presented by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Prince William Chapter (Manassas, Virginia; June 30, 2016)

“Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets,” presented by National Business Institute (Fairfax, Virginia; April 27, 2016)

“Ethics” presented at the Advanced Family Law Seminar by National Business Institute (Fairfax, Virginia; September 25, 2015)

“Legal Update – A Year in Review” and “Marriage Dissolution – Process and Procedure” presented at Family Law from A to Z by National Business Institute (Fairfax, Virginia;  September 23, 2014)

“Trial of a Divorce Case” presented at Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish by National Business Institute (Fairfax, Virginia; January 23, 2014)

“Legal Update – A Year in Review”; and “Discovery in Divorce” presented at Family Law from A to Z by National Business Institute (Fairfax, Virginia; September 20, 2012)

“Death & Divorce”; and “Ethics” presented at the Advanced Family Law Seminar by National Business Institute (Fairfax, Virginia; September 19, 2011)









Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution of Property and Debt
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Prenuptial and Marital Agreements
  • Property Settlement Agreements
  • Protective Orders
  • Post Divorce Enforcement of Final Decrees
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship for Incapacitated Adults
  • Guardianship of a Minor’s Estate
  • Other Domestic Relations and Family Law matters



  • University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Member of the Law Review, Client Counseling Board
  • University of Virginia, B.A., honors, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia State Bar, 1985
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1985
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1986
  • Eastern District of Virginia, Bankruptcy Court, 1998