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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.

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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

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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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Do You Need a Temporary Agreement for Pendente Lite Purposes in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce does not exactly happen overnight, which is why an increasing number of divorcing couples in Virginia sign a temporary agreement for Pendente Lite purposes. The waiting period between separation and finalized divorce in Virginia is at least six months if you have no children or a year if you share children. It takes… Read More »

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Why You Should Value Your Family-Owned Business in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Settling a divorce case in Virginia can be challenging, but things get even more complicated when one of the parties owns a business, or both spouses co-own a family business. Virginia family law treats a business as “property,” which means it may be divided upon divorce like your marital home. That is why it… Read More »

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What Are the Legal Consequences for Ending an Engagement in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are reading this, chances are you are either considering canceling your impending engagement or your partner ended your wedding, and you would like to file a lawsuit to get compensated for the emotional or even monetary damages. Or the third option is that you are someone who wants to weigh the pros… Read More »

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5 Reasons That Your Prenuptial Agreement Can Be Voided by the Court

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce, prenuptial agreements make perfect sense. However, in certain situations, having a prenup drafted and signed means nothing to the court. In other words, your prenuptial agreement must be valid to ensure that you get assets A, B, and C in the event… Read More »

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Is Mediation Right for Your Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Mediation can be an effective tool for expediting the divorce process in Virginia. It can also save you money and reduce your stress, helping your overall emotional state. However, mediation may not always be beneficial to your particular situation. When you retain a Leesburg divorce attorney, he or she will help you through your… Read More »

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Resolving Virginia High-Conflict Divorce and Custody Cases

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

You have divorces that are contentious and filled with emotion, and then you have high-conflict divorces that become more complex and harder to resolve. If you are currently involved in a high-conflict Virginia divorce and/or custody battle, you need a Leesburg child custody attorney who has experience handling these types of cases. High-conflict can… Read More »

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Differences Between an Uncontested and a Contested Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

One of the questions we are often asked is what is the difference between an uncontested and a contested divorce in Virginia? This is not something unique to Virginia. Most simply put, an uncontested divorce is one where both parties are in agreement about everything. A contested divorce means just that, one or both… Read More »

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Rebuilding Your Retirement Fund after a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Getting a divorce can have a major impact on your retirement savings and plans. During a Virginia divorce, you are required to split all marital assets in a fair and equitable manner. This means your spouse could receive money from your 401(k), pension, or other investment funds. Even if your retirement accounts are not… Read More »

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What is Considered Cruelty in a Leesburg Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

At-fault divorces tend to be the most contentious and emotionally tense type of divorce you can experience. If you plan to file for an at-fault divorce in Virginia, you can only choose from one of the approved grounds for divorce. One of these grounds is cruelty. If you plan to file for divorce using… Read More »

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What Should You Include in a Virginia Prenuptial Agreement?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A prenuptial agreement, often referred to as a “prenup,” has been the subject of countless heated debates within couples looking to tie the knot. While prenuptial agreements have typically been viewed with skepticism and negativity by the recipient partner, the premise behind these legal agreements is not to shut one spouse out or assume… Read More »

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