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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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Creating a Parenting Plan in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are going through a divorce with children, creating a parenting plan or agreement can help you and your ex make the best decisions for them. It can help clarify any current issues, and discuss those that might arise in the future. Here are some elements to consider in your Parenting Agreement: Custody… Read More »

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Can I File for Divorce Without an Attorney in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s not uncommon for people to wonder if they can file for divorce without retaining an attorney. In Virginia, you can file for divorce on your own, but it’s not necessarily advisable in all situations. For couples who have very few assets, no children, and the divorce is uncontested, filing on your own might… Read More »

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5 Tips to Help You Get Through Your Virginia Divorce Hearing

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are nervous or anxious about the divorce process and what happens at a hearing, being prepared can help relieve your nerves some. Retaining a compassionate and knowledgeable Virginia divorce attorney is important because a good divorce attorney is the one who will walk you through how the process of a divorce hearing… Read More »

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How Assets are Divided in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Asset distribution can be one of the most contentious aspects of a Virginia divorce. If you can’t come to an agreement on your own on what is a fair distribution, the court is the one who will be left to determine who gets what. Despite what you might be imagining, assets and liabilities are… Read More »

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Do I Need a Criminal Lawyer for a Misdemeanor in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony, but it can still carry jail time and significant consequences if convicted. Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions, which typically do not result in any jail time. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you should still take it seriously. Retaining a Virginia criminal… Read More »

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How to Find Out if Your Spouse is Hiding Assets in Your Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you are preparing for a divorce, your Virginia divorce attorney will advise you to collect all your financial documents and prepare a detailed list of your assets and liabilities. Unfortunately, there are times when one spouse will not provide an accurate list of their financials. Perhaps they have an account they don’t want… Read More »

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What to Know about Marrying a Non-US Citizen

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Love knows no bounds, and it’s not surprising that many people are finding love abroad. Whether it’s a holiday romance or finding your significant other while on a military assignment in a foreign country, many United States citizens want to bring their new fiancé to live with them in the United States. To do… Read More »

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What to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Stepparent adoptions are where a stepparent wants to adopt their new spouse’s child, while the spouse maintains his or her legal rights. Stepparent adoptions can involve minor children, but they can also involve children who have already turned 18. Differentiating Between Adult, Second Parent, and Stepparent Adoptions Depending on the circumstances, a stepparent adoption… Read More »

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7 Reasons a Virginia Court Could Find Your Prenuptial Agreement Invalid

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you go through the time and expense of drafting a prenuptial agreement, you want it to stand up in court. Drafting one yourself is risky because a court can declare the entire agreement invalid if you have invalid clauses or your soon to be ex-spouse has grounds to challenge it. It’s recommended that… Read More »

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Different Types of Adoptions

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Adoption is one of the ways you can choose to bring a child into your life. If you’re considering adoption, it’s important to do research and understand what options are available to you. In the United States, you have several choices, including whether you want to adopt a child domestically or one from another… Read More »

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