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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.

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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

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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

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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: January 2020

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How to Prove a Parent is Unfit in Virginia Child Custody Cases?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Like in most other states, Virginia family law considers it is in the child’s best interests when they can spend time with both of their parents. But what if the other parent is unfit to make the right parenting decisions or his/her presence is a detriment to the child’s safety? In other words, how… Read More »

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3 Tips for Divorced Parents to Avoid Stress During the Holidays

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce should not stop you from having fun during the holidays, even if you and your ex share kids, and you have conflicting opinions about your co-parenting arrangement. But planning can be tough if you are a divorced or separated parent in Leesburg or elsewhere in Virginia, and there is no consensus between you… Read More »

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How Do Virginia Courts Calculate Spousal Support? Guidelines and the ‘Pendente Lite’ Formula

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When it comes to calculating alimony in the state of Virginia, many questions arise regarding how spousal support is determined and calculated after divorce. Under Virginia law, spouses who have been married for a long period of time and have a significant gap in their incomes are entitled to monthly alimony payments. But how… Read More »

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Can ‘Inaccurate’ Breath Test Results Be a Defense Against DUI/DWI Charges in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Police officers in Virginia often request a suspected drunk driver to submit to a blood or breath test, also known as a Breathalyzer test. These tests are popular tools in every police officer’s arsenal of standardized roadside tests to determine blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the driver’s system. These tests are used by prosecutors… Read More »

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Do You Need a Temporary Agreement for Pendente Lite Purposes in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce does not exactly happen overnight, which is why an increasing number of divorcing couples in Virginia sign a temporary agreement for Pendente Lite purposes. The waiting period between separation and finalized divorce in Virginia is at least six months if you have no children or a year if you share children. It takes… Read More »

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Why You Should Value Your Family-Owned Business in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Settling a divorce case in Virginia can be challenging, but things get even more complicated when one of the parties owns a business, or both spouses co-own a family business. Virginia family law treats a business as “property,” which means it may be divided upon divorce like your marital home. That is why it… Read More »

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What Are the Legal Consequences for Ending an Engagement in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are reading this, chances are you are either considering canceling your impending engagement or your partner ended your wedding, and you would like to file a lawsuit to get compensated for the emotional or even monetary damages. Or the third option is that you are someone who wants to weigh the pros… Read More »

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5 Reasons That Your Prenuptial Agreement Can Be Voided by the Court

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce, prenuptial agreements make perfect sense. However, in certain situations, having a prenup drafted and signed means nothing to the court. In other words, your prenuptial agreement must be valid to ensure that you get assets A, B, and C in the event… Read More »

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