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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 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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Who Gets the Engagement Ring in a Virginia Break Up?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you asked who gets to keep the engagement ring in a break up a few years ago, the answer might have been more complicated. In 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia clarified this matter in the case of McGrath v. Dockendorf, 793 S.E.2d 336 (Va. 2016). History of Dockendorf Case In this case,… Read More »

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How to Get Your Record Expunged in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Having a criminal record expunged is an option for someone who was arrested and charged with a crime, but was not actually convicted.  If you have multiple records from different courts you want to have expunged, it’s important to retain a skilled Virginia attorney who has some criminal defense experience.  While you’re requesting to… Read More »

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What Effect Does Adultery Have on Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Marriages that are ending in divorce are complicated and emotional enough. When the marriage breaks down due to a cheating spouse, there are a lot of emotions and confusion to contend with. Once you’ve come to terms with the fact that your marriage is indeed over, filing for divorce is the next logical step… Read More »

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Overview of Reckless Driving in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Reckless driving in Virginia is considered a class 1 misdemeanor, which means that it is a criminal charge which can have long-term consequences. If you’ve been charged with reckless driving, you need to meet with a skilled Virginia criminal defense attorney who can build you the best defense and get the charges reduced or… Read More »

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Do You Need a Forensic Accountant for Your Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce is never easy, but the process of asset distribution can take an emotional toll on the process. Virginia follows the majority of other states in its equitable distribution of marital assets and debts during a divorce. This means the state looks at marriage as an “economic partnership,” and when that partnership is over,… Read More »

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What to Know about Guardianships and Conservatorships in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Guardianships and conservatorships are relatively similar but have a few slight differences. These come into play when a Virginia court declares that a person is incapable of handling their own personal and/or financial affairs. The court will appoint a guardian and/or conservator for the incapacitated individual, often known as the “ward”. Guardianships versus Conservatorships… Read More »

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Same Sex Divorces in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

October 6, 2014, was the date that same-sex marriages became legal in Virginia, which also meant that same-sex divorces also became legal on that date. Since then, the courts have been forced to navigate through nuances in the law that presented some additional challenges for same-sex couples who were seeking a divorce. Basic Requirements… Read More »

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Basics of Getting Divorced in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you’re contemplating divorce in the state of Virginia, it’s pretty straightforward as far as requirements go. However, it can take months, or even years, especially if the other party contests any aspects of the divorce. Here are some basic things to consider if you plan on getting divorced in the state. Residency Requirements… Read More »

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Consider Incapacitation in Your Estate Plans

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When it comes to estate planning, most people are concerned with preparing documents that determine how their affairs and assets are to be handled upon death. But, what about if you become incapacitated? Estate planning helps with providing for your family and sparing them the expense and frustration of a drawn-out probate, but you… Read More »

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Do I Need a Virginia Attorney for a Reckless Driving Charge?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The state of Virginia is one of the strictest states when it comes to reckless driving. A reckless driving charge can net you hefty fines, can result in the your driver’s license being suspended and can carry criminal penalties as well. If you get a ticket for reckless driving, you need to immediately contact… Read More »

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