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Obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order During a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The term “protective order” is typically thought of as the means to prevent a stalker or other threatening person from harassing you. However, in divorce proceedings (and other legal matters), protective orders are issued for a number of reasons. Despite the connotation, protective orders are designed to prevent someone from carrying out any specific… Read More »

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Virginia Passes Equal Family Leave for Adoptive Parents

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The Commonwealth of Virginia now offers six weeks of adoption leave to state employees that adopt a child younger than twelve months. This is equal to the amount of maternity leave extended to birth mothers. Introduced by state senator David R. Suetterlein (R- Roanoke), the adoption leave benefit bill (originally Senate Bill 1412) passed… Read More »

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Can I Have a Mentally Ill Family Member Involuntarily Hospitalized?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia state law has strict requirements in order to have a person involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility. Family members who wish to have a loved one hospitalized against their will must be able to prove: The individual has a mental illness, and because of that illness; There is a substantial likelihood the person… Read More »

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How to Divorce-Proof Your Family Business

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a married couple goes into business together, they are planning for their future together. Unfortunately, many couples fail to prepare for a future apart, so when divorce happens, it can threaten the family business. When most of the spouses’ assets and net worth are tied up in their company, it becomes difficult to… Read More »

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How Domestic Violence Impacts a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are in a violent marriage, it is important to seek help right away. The presence of domestic violence or spousal abuse in your marriage can affect the divorce proceedings in several ways, including communication, financial judgements, and child custody decisions. Cruelty as Grounds for Divorce Most divorces in Virginia are no-fault divorces,… Read More »

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What Happens When Divorced Parents Disagree Over Vaccination?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The debate surrounding the health and safety risks of vaccines is about as polarizing as they come. Many parents, lawmakers, and medical professionals feel strongly about the importance of vaccinating our children to protect them and others from debilitating and potentially deadly diseases. A small but vocal minority believe the vaccines we give our… Read More »

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How Will My Virginia Divorce Settlement Be Affected By Bankruptcy?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If your ex-spouse has filed for bankruptcy, you may be left wondering how this will affect the financial arrangements ordered in your divorce decree. Bankruptcy is relatively common after a divorce, as the costs associated with separation and divorce can leave people in bad financial shape. The good news is federal and state laws… Read More »

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Why Are Women Filing For Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The longstanding trope of the “first wives club,” the sad older ladies left by their husbands in pursuit of a younger woman, may not be entirely accurate. It turns out most divorces in the United States are initiated by women. Studies have found that about two-thirds of divorce cases are filed by the wife…. Read More »

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5 Things to Consider About Military Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Military families make big sacrifices in service to their country. Long separations, frequent relocations, and the stresses and challenges of active duty take a toll on marriages in the military community. Military divorces have some unique circumstances and laws that distinguish them from civilian divorces. Here are five things for military families to think… Read More »

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Birth Parent Rights in a Virginia Adoption

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Placing a child for adoption is a difficult decision, but it may be the greatest gift you can give to your child. Virginia has laws in place to protect all parties involved in an adoption case, including the birth parents. This post provides a general overview of the rights and responsibilities of the birth… Read More »

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