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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

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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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WE ARE OPEN! Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 provides that businesses that offer professional rather than retail services may remain open.  Our firm is continuing to operate to ensure you and your family have advocates available for whatever legal issue you face. For clients who prefer, we can arrange meeting by Zoom or other… Read More »

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How Are Retirement Accounts Split During a Virginia Divorce?

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Dividing financial assets is one of the most complicated and contested aspects of a divorce. Those assets that may be split during a Virginia divorce include retirement accounts. Virginia family law has specific procedures to ensure the fair division of pensions, 401(k) plans, as well as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Virginia courts value those… Read More »

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Are Virginia Lawmakers Planning to Decriminalize Marijuana in 2020 or 2021?

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Decriminalizing marijuana is said to be at the top of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s criminal justice reform agenda for 2020. But does it mean that Virginia could legalize marijuana as early as 2020 or 2021? According to Marijuana Moment, Gov. Northam outlined a list of legislative priorities, and cannabis decriminalization was among them. He… Read More »

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Can You Stop Paying Child Support if You Cannot See Your Children?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Often, tensions between two divorced persons do not end after obtaining a divorce decree, especially if their divorce involves such issues as child custody, parent visitation, and child support. It is not uncommon for divorced parents to continue arguing and conflicting long after their divorce was finalized. When these arguments and conflicts arise, a… Read More »

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5 Signs That You Need an Uncontested Divorce in Virginia

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Getting divorced in Virginia can be tough, especially if you do not know whether an uncontested divorce is the right choice for your circumstances. In Virginia, an uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses on all aspects of the divorce. In other words, parties have no disagreements or conflicts regarding spousal support, property… Read More »

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No-Fault vs. Uncontested Divorce in Virginia: What’s the Difference?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Fault-grounds and no-fault divorce, contested and uncontested divorce. Yes, for someone who goes through the divorce process for the first time in his or her life, all these different types of divorces in Virginia can be confusing. Contrary to popular belief, no-fault and uncontested divorce are not the same. Luckily, we have a Leesburg… Read More »

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The Benefits of Selling the House Before vs. After the Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Naturally, if it is your first time going through the divorce, you probably have hundreds of questions on your mind. While alimony and child support probably occupy a fair share of your thoughts, other important questions that you should ask yourself are: “What happens to our marital home?” “Should I sell it before or… Read More »

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How to Prove a Parent is Unfit in Virginia Child Custody Cases?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Like in most other states, Virginia family law considers it is in the child’s best interests when they can spend time with both of their parents. But what if the other parent is unfit to make the right parenting decisions or his/her presence is a detriment to the child’s safety? In other words, how… Read More »

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3 Tips for Divorced Parents to Avoid Stress During the Holidays

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Divorce should not stop you from having fun during the holidays, even if you and your ex share kids, and you have conflicting opinions about your co-parenting arrangement. But planning can be tough if you are a divorced or separated parent in Leesburg or elsewhere in Virginia, and there is no consensus between you… Read More »

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How Do Virginia Courts Calculate Spousal Support? Guidelines and the ‘Pendente Lite’ Formula

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When it comes to calculating alimony in the state of Virginia, many questions arise regarding how spousal support is determined and calculated after divorce. Under Virginia law, spouses who have been married for a long period of time and have a significant gap in their incomes are entitled to monthly alimony payments. But how… Read More »

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WE ARE OPEN!

Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53 provides that businesses that offer professional rather than retail services may remain open. Our firm is continuing to operate to ensure you and your family have advocates available for whatever legal issue you face. For clients who prefer, we can arrange meeting by Zoom or other video-conferencing. We are also implementing internal procedures to provide a safe environment in the office. Please contact us at 703-777-1795 or schedule an appointment today!