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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s not surprising that people have many questions when it comes to divorce and wanting to understand how the process works. Despite the fictional shows that you might’ve seen on television or stories you’ve heard from friends and co-workers, not all divorces have as much drama as a television soap opera. Retaining a Leesburg… Read More »

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How to Get a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia allows you to file for a no-fault divorce provided you meet certain requirements, but there is also the option to file based on other criteria as well. These two types are referred to as divorce from bed and board and divorce from the bonds of matrimony. Divorce from bed and board is essentially… Read More »

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5 Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Making a mistake during your divorce is common, especially if you are not represented by a skilled Leesburg divorce attorney. Divorce is stressful and emotional, so it’s easy to make mistakes and be controlled by your emotions. Having an objective attorney on your side who can help protect your interests in a contested Virginia… Read More »

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Distribution of Assets in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are preparing for a Virginia divorce, you are likely wondering how assets are divided in the state. Some people ask whether Virginia is a community property state, which would mean assets are divided 50/50 in most cases. Virginia follows the equitable distribution rule, which means assets are distributed in a fair and… Read More »

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What are My Alimony Options in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The term alimony, or spousal support, is a general term for support that can be awarded when a couple is getting divorced. However, it can take multiple forms and be awarded on a temporary or more permanent basis. If you have questions about spousal support options in a divorce, we recommend speaking with a… Read More »

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How do Mediation and Collaborative Divorce Differ in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

You’ve made the decision to end your marriage, and now you have to decide how to proceed. You may have heard about options like mediation and collaborative divorce, but you may not be very familiar with either one. Before making any decision on how to proceed with a Virginia divorce, it’s important to understand… Read More »

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Is there a Difference Between Separation and Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Is there a difference between separation and divorce in the state of Virginia? Yes, there is a major difference. Separation is one of the more misunderstood terms in the arena of family law and divorce. People use the word “separated” to mean legally separated, when it in most cases they aren’t really separated. Unlike… Read More »

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What Constitutes Cruelty in Virginia for a Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are filing for an at-fault divorce in Virginia, it has to be under one of the approved grounds. One of these grounds is cruelty. Cruelty can have different meanings to different people. Unfortunately, not everything you may believe is cruel would qualify under the legal theory used to grant an at-fault divorce…. Read More »

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Determining Pet Custody During a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In most cases, the family pet is more than just a pet. It is an important family member who is often very well-loved by both spouses. But, what happens when you are preparing for a divorce and the subject of custody comes up? Where does Virginia law stand on pet custody as part of… Read More »

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2019 Tax Changes to Alimony Payments in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With the arrival of 2019, new tax changes went into effect for any new divorce agreements and spousal support payment orders. The changes are part of the tax reform law called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and includes a change to numerous popular tax deductions. One of these is the ability to take… Read More »

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