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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.


    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


    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


    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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6 Scenarios Where You Need to Hire a Family Law Attorney in Virginia


When people think about hiring a family law attorney, it is usually related to a pending or upcoming divorce. However, family law attorneys have experience handling a number of different issues that fall under the heading of family law. Here are several situations where retaining a Leesburg family law firm can be extremely beneficial.


If you’re contemplating adoption in Virginia, a family law attorney can offer assistance to both the birth and adoptive parents throughout the process. If you run into issues, like a contested adoption, our firm is well-acquainted with local guardian ad litem who are appointed in contested matters, as well as personnel at local Departments of Social Services.

Spousal and/or Child Support

If you are already divorced and you are having issues with a spousal and/or child support award including the recent changes in the law regarding support, our attorneys have experience handling all matters that arise from court-ordered support.

Child Custody

Our firm has litigated thousands of custody cases involving minor children of all ages — from infancy to late teenage years. We are also experienced in handling custody matters that involve one parent who wishes to relocate to another state. Our attorneys can offer specialized legal assistance in child-related areas that you might not necessarily think about as well — including special needs and education, mental illness, substance abuse, and other child and teen issues.

Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Domestic abuse and child abuse are two of the most serious areas in family law matters. Our attorneys have not only aggressively prosecuted cases involving these matters, but we also have experience in representing individuals wrongly accused. We have built relationships with abuse prevention organizations, local counseling professionals, and physicians who can assist clients during these sensitive and emotionally difficult situations.

Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents’ rights is a specialized area of family law and you need a family law attorney who has experience in these type of custody matters. We have litigated matters where grandparents, other family members, and even third-parties have taken court action to gain custody and/or visitation rights with another person’s children.

Pre-Marital and Post-Marital Agreements 

There are some situations where expensive and drawn out litigation could’ve been prevented in a complex divorce. Couples who seek out advice in family and estate planning before or shortly after marriage can save money and some courtroom battles down the line in the event that the marriage does not work out. Our firm has years of experience drafting both pre-marital agreements as well as lesser-known post-marital agreements. We can also suggest interim support agreements that protect spouses during a trial separation or another temporary time period.

About Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC

The attorneys at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC are dedicated to helping families with all their legal needs. If you need advice on pursuing a Leesburg divorce or assistance in keeping your ex-spouse from taking off across the country with your child, our attorneys are competent, professional, and compassionate. We take all our client’s family law needs seriously, no matter how minor the issue may seem. Contact our office at 703-997-4982 to schedule a consultation.

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