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Potential Warning Signs of Violence in Teen Dating Relationships

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A recent article from NBC addressed a growing issue in our nation – domestic violence in teen relationships. According to the article, a Washington D.C. domestic violence organization helped more than 100 people between the ages of 13 and 17 in the last year. Experts say that in some cases, the perpetrators were victims… Read More »

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When Should You Hire a Family Law Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

People often think about hiring an attorney for personal injury matters like an automobile accident, but there are a number of other situations where retaining an attorney may be in your best interest. And, many of these situations involve family law matters. Here’s a look at several scenarios where a Virginia family law attorney… Read More »

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What is Ancillary Probate?

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Probate matters can be complicated enough on their own, but there is one type of probate that can be an extremely complicated matter. This case is what’s called an ancillary probate. Ancillary Probate Ancillary probate is required when estate assets are held in more than one state. Basically, it means the decedent owned real… Read More »

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What to Know about Becoming a Surrogate in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The decision to become a surrogate is life-changing, and there is a level of commitment required that only the most generous of women can handle. Here’s what to know if you’re considering becoming a surrogate in Virginia. Qualifications to Become a Surrogate There are some basic requirements to become a surrogate mother in the… Read More »

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What to Know about Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Sex offenders are required to register with the Virginia State Police or their local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where they reside. The following includes some things to know about those who may be required to register their status. Sex Offender Registry Guidelines Convicted sexual offenders are required to register within a certain… Read More »

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Child Protective Services and Definitions of Abuse and Neglect

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When there are suspicions of child abuse in the home, Child Protective Services (CPS) will likely become involved and order a family assessment. Learn what elements constitute abuse and neglect, and what role CPS plays. Abuse and Neglect Defined The Code of Virginia Section 63.2-100 defines child abuse as a case where there is… Read More »

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Virginia Launches Enhanced Domestic Violence Database

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia recently became the third state to launch a more detailed and enhanced version of VINE, the Victim Information and Notification Everyday program. VINE is a nationwide network that provides timely and reliable information to a victim when an incarcerated offender is released, transferred, or undergoes some other change in custody status. According to… Read More »

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What is Required to Get Married in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Couples planning to get married have a lot to think about when it comes to legal topics. Do you need a prenuptial agreement? Will you buy a new home? What about a joint bank account, name changes, custody and visitation of children from a prior marriage, etc. With a variety of complex legal issues… Read More »

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Indian Child Welfare Act and How It Relates to Foster Care and Adoptions

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you’re considering fostering a child or starting an adoption that involves a child of Native American descent, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and how differently these situations are handled. What is the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) The ICWA was enacted in 1978 to establish minimum… Read More »

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Transporting a Minor While Under the Influence (DUI)

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Getting a DUI in Virginia typically comes with hefty penalties, which may include thousands of dollars in fines, community service, license suspension, and the possibility of time in jail. If your DUI also involved an injury auto accident, you may be looking at a civil lawsuit for monetary damages and the other person’s pain… Read More »

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