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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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An Overview of Virginia Child Custody Agreements

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When parents break up, they may find themselves in a battle over where and with whom the children should live, how much time the children should spend with each parent, or who should get to make major decisions for the children.  If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to consider resolving… Read More »

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Can I Be Accused of Kidnapping My Own Child in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Is it possible to be accused of kidnapping your own child? Yes, it is possible that a parent could be charged with kidnapping his or her own child. There is a common misconception that kidnapping is “taking” someone else’s child.  If a parent withholds his or her child in violation of a custody or… Read More »

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How Can I Collect the Unpaid Child Support Owed to Me?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are owed back child support, also called child support arrearages, there are several different options available for you to enforce your support order and collect the money owed to you. Income Withholding If the person who owes you support (the “payor”) does not pay you on time, or misses payments altogether, you… Read More »

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Divorce in Virginia: What if My Spouse Cheated on Me?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Adultery is a legal basis or “grounds” for obtaining a fault-based divorce in Virginia.  If you suspect your spouse is cheating on you, you might be considering a divorce based on adultery.    Before you do, it is important to understand the potential benefits as well as challenges involved in the process. One benefit of… Read More »

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What to Do if You Believe a Virginia Divorce is Imminent

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you believe that your marriage is broken and there is no chance of fixing your marriage, you need to take the proper steps before you can file for divorce. The state allows for a no-fault divorce; however, it is not as straightforward as you might expect. You must live apart continuously for at… Read More »

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Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor and Punishment

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have criminal charges filed against you, you need to take it very seriously. Some people mistakenly assume that if the charge is a misdemeanor, it’s not serious and there is no need to retain an attorney or fight it. Do not just plead guilty and take whatever plea agreement the prosecutor’s office… Read More »

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What is Teenager Emancipation in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Until someone is 18 years old, they have not reached the legal age of majority. This means that parents or legal guardians have the right to custody and control of their children. This includes the legal responsibility to provide their children with the basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, etc. They… Read More »

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How Child Support Is Calculated in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

One area of a divorce that is more predictable is the calculation of child support. This is not something left up to chance, and actually follows a specific formula. How Child Support is Calculated in Virginia Each state has its own guidelines on how child support is handled. Virginia’s child support laws are covered… Read More »

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Is Sole Custody an Option in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

While the courts prefer that both parents are involved in a child’s life, the most important determining factor on custody is what is in “the best interest” of the child. If there is reason for the court to only award custody to one parent, it will. It’s important to note that there are two… Read More »

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How Mediation Can Help Your Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you are preparing for a divorce, you may be concerned about the costs, and how long the process will last. Mediation may be an option within the divorce process, or even an alternative for some Virginia divorces. You should not attempt to move forward without a skilled Leesburg divorce attorney on your side…. Read More »

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