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

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

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…. Read More »

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What to Know About Surrogacy and Contracts in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Surrogacy is the use of a third-party reproductive method where a woman, known as the surrogate, will carry a pregnancy to term for another couple or person. Virginia allows for surrogacy, but it’s also a state that has more strict laws surrounding the process. Parties to a Surrogacy Contract Surrogacy in Virginia is covered… Read More »

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Special Education Rights

By Megan Thornhill |

Every child has the right to learn and go to school, based on their individual capabilities and unique qualities. The education system prides itself on focusing on student’s individuality, therefore there should be the same level of pride when focusing on students with any sort of intellectual and psychical disability. However, when the focus… Read More »

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How to Handle a Business Valuation in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Dividing assets in a divorce is complicated on its own without the added challenge of evaluating assets with a subjective value, like that of a business. Virginia is an “equitable distribution” state, which means the courts are charged with dividing assets fairly, or equitably, rather than splitting everything 50/50 as is a common scenario… Read More »

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Understanding the Different Types of Child Abuse

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Child abuse and neglect falls under a variety of categories in Virginia. It’s important to be able to recognize each and understand what constitutes abuse and neglect in the state. If you suspect a child is being abused, or your own child has been abused by someone, it’s important to reach out to a… Read More »

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What are Custody and Visitation Rights of an Unmarried Father in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have a child in the Commonwealth of Virginia and you are not legally married to the mother at the time the child is born, the lack of an official marriage means there is no presumption under Virginia law that you are the biological father. If you do not establish paternity, you will… Read More »

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Can Social Media Hurt My Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A lot of people turn to social media in times of happiness, sadness, and certainly frustration. It seems innocent to fire off an emotionally charged status update and then forget all about it days later. However, if you’re going through a divorce in Virginia, you need to be mindful of your social media habits… Read More »

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Lifting a Protective Order in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In Virginia, restraining orders are known as protective orders, and the courts are authorized to issue emergency protective orders, preliminary protective orders, and permanent protective orders. These are normally issued due to some type of family abuse, including by those in the immediate household. Obtaining a protective order and requesting one be lifted are… Read More »

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Proving Adultery in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia allows for both fault-based and no-fault divorces. If you opt for a no-fault divorce, you must be living separately for at least 12 months before filing; with no cohabitation at all. If you don’t have any minor children, this time is reduced, and you only have to live apart without cohabitation for six… Read More »

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What is Collaborative Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When many people think about divorce, they assume that it’s always contested and a messy and aggressive process. There are assumed to be fights over money, assets, child custody, and spousal support payments, which all takes place in a courtroom setting. While litigating a divorce is common, it’s not the only option you have…. Read More »

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