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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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Open vs Closed Adoptions in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Historically, most adoptions were closed. With a closed adoption, it means there is no contact at all between the birth parents and the child once the adoption is finalized. In some cases, there may not be any contact before the adoption as well. Recently, there has been a shift in trends with some people… Read More »

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Charges for Underage Drinking in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Possession of or consumption of alcohol by a minor is something taken very seriously in Virginia. Authorities firmly believe that underage drinking is both a safety and a health hazard to minors, and therefore, there are strict laws for someone who violates Virginia’s underage possession laws. If your child has been arrested for possessing… Read More »

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Choosing the Best Leesburg Child Custody Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

There are few things that are more stressful than a messy divorce, unless you have children. Then dial up the stress levels a few notches. Child custody battles are one of the most stressful and emotional challenges you may face in your life. This is why choosing the right Leesburg child custody attorney is… Read More »

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What is a Vocational Expert and Do You Need One in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If your Virginia divorce attorney has mentioned the term vocational expert, you may be wondering what this position entails and how does their expertise fit into your pending divorce. There may be situations where the use of a vocational expert is key to a divorce hearing. In fact, the use of vocational experts in… Read More »

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Mistakes to Avoid if You Think You’re Headed Toward a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When the realization sets in that your marriage is falling apart and you may be headed towards a divorce, it can be a painful moment. Even if you’ve only been married a short time, it can be difficult to accept. In many cases, there were warning signs that your spouse was unhappy and the… Read More »

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Preparing for Your Virginia Divorce: Determining Commingled Property

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

After your initial divorce paperwork is filed, you and your ex will need to come to an agreement on how to divide assets and debts. If you cannot come to an agreement, the judge hearing your case will ultimately be the one who makes a determination. Because Virginia is an equitable distribution state, it… Read More »

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Is Polygamy Legal in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Thanks to reality television shows that show some people’s lives with multiple “spouses,” there has been an increase in people wanting to know whether polygamy or bigamy are legal or not. The term polygamy is most often used, and it refers to having multiple spouses, or the practice of having more than one spouse… Read More »

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Can a Virginia Adoption be Reversed?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It may surprise you to learn that there are some situations where a finalized adoption can be reserved. After it’s finalized, if one party wants to initiate the reversal, he or she would need to submit a petition to the family court. This is most commonly done by either the child’s birth parents or… Read More »

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What Happens When Your Spouse Doesn’t Want a Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

There’s no denying that divorce is hard. The initial discussion is traumatic, especially if one side doesn’t anticipate the discussion is coming. What happens, however, if after telling your spouse you want a divorce, they refuse? While it may be a more difficult process, it doesn’t mean that your spouse can stop you from… Read More »

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Is a Hit and Run Accident a Crime in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Hit and run accidents are taken very seriously in Virginia. You can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the particular situation. There are even some cases where someone can be charged with a hit and run and not even realize an accident occurred, or even know about the situation… Read More »

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