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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

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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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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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Importance of Protecting Your Privacy in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Even though a number of divorces are fraught with bitterness and anger, many divorces will still settle rather than go through the full litigation process. One of the potential reasons for this is due to concerns about both parties’ privacy. For parties who proceed with litigation to resolve their divorce, their lives pretty much… Read More »

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Can I Change My Name After a Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Many women who are going through a divorce wonder whether they can change their name back to their maiden name, and the answer is yes. This can be done whether your divorce is still pending or has been already finalized. The right to change your name back is your decision, and your decision alone…. Read More »

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An Overview of Virginia Child Custody Agreements

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When parents break up, they may find themselves in a battle over where and with whom the children should live, how much time the children should spend with each parent, or who should get to make major decisions for the children.  If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to consider resolving… Read More »

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Can I Be Accused of Kidnapping My Own Child in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Is it possible to be accused of kidnapping your own child? Yes, it is possible that a parent could be charged with kidnapping his or her own child. There is a common misconception that kidnapping is “taking” someone else’s child.  If a parent withholds his or her child in violation of a custody or… Read More »

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