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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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Reasons to Hire a Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney for a Misdemeanor

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you or a loved one was arrested for a misdemeanor, you might assume there is no need to speak with or retain a Virginia criminal defense attorney. While misdemeanor charges are less severe than felony charges, you should always have a skilled defense attorney on your side. Even misdemeanors can be nerve racking… Read More »

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Will My Spouse Being Charged with Domestic Violence Affect our Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are in a marriage with domestic violence, it’s imperative you seek assistance right away. If there is spousal abuse in your marriage, it can affect your divorce in multiple ways, including financial judgments, communications, and decisions regarding child custody. Citing Cruelty as Grounds for Divorce The majority of divorces in Virginia are… Read More »

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How Stepparent Adoptions Work in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Stepparent adoption is a formal adoption process wherein the stepparent legally adopts the child of his or her spouse and the spouse still has legal rights. Stepparent situations are unique, as some people may legally adopt their stepchild as soon as they are joining the family while others have raised the child for years… Read More »

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Common Misconceptions and Myths about Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Many prospective clients go to see a Virginia divorce lawyer armed with a number of preconceived notions based on family or friends or something they read online, which may or may not be true. Here’s a look at some of the more common misconceptions and myths when it comes to a Virginia divorce. A… Read More »

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What is Lump Sum Alimony and is it Better for my Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As its name suggest, lump sum alimony is court-ordered alimony that is typically made in one payment. There is no modification, and typically there are no future payments to be made. However, in some cases, a judge might order a specific amount to be paid each month as well as a lump sum payment… Read More »

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5 Questions to Ask before Hiring a Virginia Divorce Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Choosing the right Virginia divorce attorney is an important step in ending your marriage. Knowing what questions to ask can help narrow down the options and determine whether the attorney you are meeting with is the right one for you. You should have a list of priorities in mind when you meet with a… Read More »

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Can a Virginia Spousal Support Award be Modified?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Once your final divorce decree is signed, you might assume that you won’t have any further ties with your ex. However, even in the absence of having children together, an award of spousal support can bind spouses together long after the divorce is finalized. And, as time passes, circumstances can change that may lead… Read More »

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Answering a Divorce Lawsuit in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have been served with a complaint for divorce, the process can seem confusing and maybe even overwhelming. Retaining a Virginia divorce attorney is highly recommended to ensure your rights and assets are protected. Formal Start of the Divorce A divorce formally begins when one party files the complaint. Prior to that, the… Read More »

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Dividing Marital Debt in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

During the course of your Virginia divorce, everything will be divided, which includes not only your assets, but also your debt. But, how is debt handled? What is considered marital debt and how is it determined? The division of debts in a marriage is handled in pretty much the same manner as assets. Virginia… Read More »

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Pros and Cons of Collaborative Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Like a handful of other states, Virginia allows the use of collaborative process, including for divorce. If you are not familiar with the term, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with collaborative divorce, along with its potential benefits and negative aspects. What is a Virginia Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is a process that allows… Read More »

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