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    John C. Whitbeck, Jr. practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Mediation, Arbitration, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, All Felonies, All Misdemeanors, Juvenile Crimes, Mental Health Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Education Law, Election Law, Debt Collection, Consumer and Lemon Law.

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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: March 2019

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Is there a Difference Between Separation and Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Is there a difference between separation and divorce in the state of Virginia? Yes, there is a major difference. Separation is one of the more misunderstood terms in the arena of family law and divorce. People use the word “separated” to mean legally separated, when it in most cases they aren’t really separated. Unlike… Read More »

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What Constitutes Cruelty in Virginia for a Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are filing for an at-fault divorce in Virginia, it has to be under one of the approved grounds. One of these grounds is cruelty. Cruelty can have different meanings to different people. Unfortunately, not everything you may believe is cruel would qualify under the legal theory used to grant an at-fault divorce…. Read More »

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Determining Pet Custody During a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In most cases, the family pet is more than just a pet. It is an important family member who is often very well-loved by both spouses. But, what happens when you are preparing for a divorce and the subject of custody comes up? Where does Virginia law stand on pet custody as part of… Read More »

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2019 Tax Changes to Alimony Payments in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With the arrival of 2019, new tax changes went into effect for any new divorce agreements and spousal support payment orders. The changes are part of the tax reform law called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and includes a change to numerous popular tax deductions. One of these is the ability to take… Read More »

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Important Factors to Know about Guardian Ad Litem Appointments in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Guardian ad litem, or GAL, means “guardian for the suit.” In Virginia, a guardian ad litem is appointed by the judge to help the court in understanding the circumstances of a particular case. Guardian ad litem appointments in Virginia fall under two distinct programs — one for children and one for incapacitated people. The… Read More »

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What Rights do Grandparents Have for Visitation in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are a grandparent trying to secure rights to see your grandchild, there is something in Virginia that allows you to have visitation rights, but it’s not an easy process. A grandparent can petition for visitation on their own, or it can be included in a petition that is filed by the non-custodial… Read More »

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