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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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    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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Category Archives: Adoption

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Open vs Closed Adoptions in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Historically, most adoptions were closed. With a closed adoption, it means there is no contact at all between the birth parents and the child once the adoption is finalized. In some cases, there may not be any contact before the adoption as well. Recently, there has been a shift in trends with some people… Read More »

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Can a Virginia Adoption be Reversed?

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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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How Stepparent Adoptions Work in Virginia

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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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What to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Stepparent adoptions are where a stepparent wants to adopt their new spouse’s child, while the spouse maintains his or her legal rights. Stepparent adoptions can involve minor children, but they can also involve children who have already turned 18. Differentiating Between Adult, Second Parent, and Stepparent Adoptions Depending on the circumstances, a stepparent adoption… Read More »

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Different Types of Adoptions

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Adoption is one of the ways you can choose to bring a child into your life. If you’re considering adoption, it’s important to do research and understand what options are available to you. In the United States, you have several choices, including whether you want to adopt a child domestically or one from another… Read More »

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Virginia State Adoption Assistance Program

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For parents who are considering adopting a child who is currently in foster care in Virginia, there may be some benefits available. Policies regarding adoption subsidies are primarily dependent on what state the child was in foster care before he or she was adopted. What is the Adoption Assistance Program? Also known as an… 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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Virginia Passes Equal Family Leave for Adoptive Parents

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The Commonwealth of Virginia now offers six weeks of adoption leave to state employees that adopt a child younger than twelve months. This is equal to the amount of maternity leave extended to birth mothers. Introduced by state senator David R. Suetterlein (R- Roanoke), the adoption leave benefit bill (originally Senate Bill 1412) passed… Read More »

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Birth Parent Rights in a Virginia Adoption

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Placing a child for adoption is a difficult decision, but it may be the greatest gift you can give to your child. Virginia has laws in place to protect all parties involved in an adoption case, including the birth parents. This post provides a general overview of the rights and responsibilities of the birth… Read More »

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Adopting a Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you married someone with children, you may have considered formally adopting your stepchildren. You probably don’t consider them to be your “stepchildren” at all; as far as you are concerned, they are already yours. Adoption is a wonderful way to show your stepchildren how much they mean to you and solidify a strong… Read More »

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