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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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What to Do if You Believe a Virginia Divorce is Imminent

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you believe that your marriage is broken and there is no chance of fixing your marriage, you need to take the proper steps before you can file for divorce. The state allows for a no-fault divorce; however, it is not as straightforward as you might expect. You must live apart continuously for at… Read More »

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Virginia Class 1 Misdemeanor and Punishment

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have criminal charges filed against you, you need to take it very seriously. Some people mistakenly assume that if the charge is a misdemeanor, it’s not serious and there is no need to retain an attorney or fight it. Do not just plead guilty and take whatever plea agreement the prosecutor’s office… Read More »

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What is Teenager Emancipation in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Until someone is 18 years old, they have not reached the legal age of majority. This means that parents or legal guardians have the right to custody and control of their children. This includes the legal responsibility to provide their children with the basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, etc. They… Read More »

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How Child Support Is Calculated in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

One area of a divorce that is more predictable is the calculation of child support. This is not something left up to chance, and actually follows a specific formula. How Child Support is Calculated in Virginia Each state has its own guidelines on how child support is handled. Virginia’s child support laws are covered… Read More »

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Is Sole Custody an Option in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

While the courts prefer that both parents are involved in a child’s life, the most important determining factor on custody is what is in “the best interest” of the child. If there is reason for the court to only award custody to one parent, it will. It’s important to note that there are two… Read More »

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How Mediation Can Help Your Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you are preparing for a divorce, you may be concerned about the costs, and how long the process will last. Mediation may be an option within the divorce process, or even an alternative for some Virginia divorces. You should not attempt to move forward without a skilled Leesburg divorce attorney on your side…. Read More »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s not surprising that people have many questions when it comes to divorce and wanting to understand how the process works. Despite the fictional shows that you might’ve seen on television or stories you’ve heard from friends and co-workers, not all divorces have as much drama as a television soap opera. Retaining a Leesburg… Read More »

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How to Get a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia allows you to file for a no-fault divorce provided you meet certain requirements, but there is also the option to file based on other criteria as well. These two types are referred to as divorce from bed and board and divorce from the bonds of matrimony. Divorce from bed and board is essentially… Read More »

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5 Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Making a mistake during your divorce is common, especially if you are not represented by a skilled Leesburg divorce attorney. Divorce is stressful and emotional, so it’s easy to make mistakes and be controlled by your emotions. Having an objective attorney on your side who can help protect your interests in a contested Virginia… Read More »

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Distribution of Assets in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are preparing for a Virginia divorce, you are likely wondering how assets are divided in the state. Some people ask whether Virginia is a community property state, which would mean assets are divided 50/50 in most cases. Virginia follows the equitable distribution rule, which means assets are distributed in a fair and… Read More »

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