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Children of Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Beginning a new school year can be a stressful experience for any student. Throw in a divorce (and all the changes that go along with it), and your child may be feeling overwhelmed. In this post, we write about some of the changes your children may experience after your divorce and how to help… Read More »


Virginia Divorce Jurisdiction and Out-of-state Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Each state has its own jurisdiction laws deciding who is eligible to file for divorce in that state. In Virginia, the law requires that divorce cases filed in Virginia family courts meet the residency requirement. To satisfy the residency requirement, at least one spouse must have lived in Virginia for at least the last… Read More »


What is a Parenting Plan and Do I Need One?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are getting a divorce, or you are not married to your child’s parent, you may have been told you need to create a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written agreement between co-parents that outlines expectations and procedures for legal custody, visitation, financial responsibilities, and other parenting issues. In Virginia, a… Read More »


Adopting a Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you married someone with children, you may have considered formally adopting your stepchildren. You probably don’t consider them to be your “stepchildren” at all; as far as you are concerned, they are already yours. Adoption is a wonderful way to show your stepchildren how much they mean to you and solidify a strong… Read More »


New Virginia Traffic Laws

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With every year comes new laws for drivers to learn about and get used to. Here are a few new traffic laws to be aware of: Your rights at traffic stops: Education programs provided through the public school system must instruct students on their rights and duties if they are pulled over by the… Read More »


Rebuilding Your Independence and Social Life After a Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A divorce can feel cataclysmic, particularly when it comes as a surprise. One day your life revolves around your spouse and marriage. The next, you are back on your own. This change can cause your friends to drift away from you, particularly when a couple was friends with both you and your spouse. Some… Read More »


Reconsider Your Pool Safety

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Two-year-old twins, Kaydan and Liam Aristhomene, died this June after drowning in their backyard pool in Sterling, Virginia. A family member discovered both children unconscious in the pool and sought help. Kaydan died the day of the incident. Liam was in critical condition was in critical condition for about two days before passing away…. Read More »


Consequences of Lying About Your Finances During Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

There is nothing fun or comfortable about a divorce. While you are attempting to separate your life from your spouse and become physically, financially, and emotionally independent, you have to continuous share information with your soon-to-be ex. When you are not on the best of terms with your spouse, having to give up personal… Read More »


What is a Guardian Ad Litem and Does my Child Need One?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Child custody disputes can become contentious, and parents have a tendency to focus on their own needs and desires. They may have convinced themselves they are looking out for their child’s welfare, yet not have really explored what is best for their child by talking to him or her, teachers, and counselors. Virginia’s family… Read More »


I Think my Spouse is Spying on me – What Should I do?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When your marriage is reaching its end or after you file for divorce, things can turn ugly. In some cases, your husband or wife may believe you are cheating on them, being a bad parent, or lying about money. To gain evidence of your supposed wrongdoing, he or she may turn to spying. However,… Read More »


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