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    Ruth M. McElroy practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Pre and Post Marital Agreements, Domestic Violence, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Juvenile Crimes, Felony and Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Debt Collection, Civil and Business Litigation. She serves the Virginia Court system as a Guardian ad litem.

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    Jennifer D. Cisneros practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crimes, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, Trusts, Civil and Business Litigation and Debt Collection.

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Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Different Types of Adoptions

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Adoption is one of the ways you can choose to bring a child into your life. If you’re considering adoption, it’s important to do research and understand what options are available to you. In the United States, you have several choices, including whether you want to adopt a child domestically or one from another… Read More »

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What to Know about Conservatorships in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A conservator is someone who is appointed by the court to manage the financial affairs and estate of someone who is incapacitated. This includes managing both real and personal property. In Virginia, an incapacitated person is an adult who was found to be incapable of meeting important personal care requirements or managing their financial… Read More »

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Cohabitation Agreements for Unmarried Couples in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a married couple ends their relationship, there are legal rights both parties have in regard to separating finances and assets. The law in Virginia follows the theory of equitable distribution, which means each spouse will have a fair share of the assets and property. However, what happens if you are not married and… Read More »

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Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Some people assume the legal requirements for getting married are confusing, but as long as you research what is required in the respective state, it’s pretty straight forward. Speaking with an attorney prior to getting married is not something that many people consider, but they should. Meeting with an experienced Virginia family law attorney… Read More »

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Bail Reform

By Cameron Benedetto |

Bail is an amount of money set by the court to act as insurance to make sure that a criminal defendant shows up for their day in court. If the defendant makes all court appearances then their money or property that they posted for bail will be returned.  If the defendant misses a court… Read More »

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Post-Divorce Checklist in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Once your Virginia divorce is finalized, it’s not uncommon to want to put everything to do with that relationship and divorce behind you. However, just because the divorce is finalized, it doesn’t mean everything is complete. There are still things you need to do, especially if there are children involved. First, you want to… Read More »

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How Mental Illness Can Impact a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia recognizes at-fault divorces, which include grounds such as desertion, adultery, spouse’s felony conviction, or cruelty/abandonment. Like other states, “irreconcilable differences” is also one of the grounds allowed, which is technically a “no-fault” divorce. A spouse can file for divorce from a mentally ill spouse citing any of the at-fault grounds or irreconcilable differences…. Read More »

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Changing Your Name after a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are preparing for a divorce or are in the process of getting one, the idea of getting your old name back can feel like regaining your identity. You can make the request for a name change during your divorce or you can file a separate petition down the line if you decide… Read More »

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Things to Avoid in a High Net Worth Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

While the break-up of a marriage is hard enough, it isn’t always the most difficult part. Deciding on asset division, child support, and spousal support can be the most contested aspects of the process. For couples with a high net-worth, the process is even more contentious as there is a lot more at stake…. Read More »

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