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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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Category Archives: child custody

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How Social Media can Harm Your Child Custody Case

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s generally recommended that people going through a divorce keep a very low profile on social media, as your prior posts can come back to haunt you, and your new posts could jeopardize your chances of a favorable outcome. In addition, your social media posts and behavior could work against you if you are… 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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Reunification in Virginia Custody Cases

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No child custody case is the same, and those involving an absentee parent or spouses who now live in different cities or states can present their own unique set of challenges. One term you may hear is something called reunification. What is Reunification? Reunification is pretty much a catch-all term used to describe reuniting… Read More »

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What is a Parenting Plan and Do I Need One?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are getting a divorce, or you are not married to your child’s parent, you may have been told you need to create a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written agreement between co-parents that outlines expectations and procedures for legal custody, visitation, financial responsibilities, and other parenting issues. In Virginia, a… Read More »

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What is a Guardian Ad Litem and Does my Child Need One?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Child custody disputes can become contentious, and parents have a tendency to focus on their own needs and desires. They may have convinced themselves they are looking out for their child’s welfare, yet not have really explored what is best for their child by talking to him or her, teachers, and counselors. Virginia’s family… Read More »

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Dos and Don’ts During a Child Custody Dispute

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you and your child’s other parent are fighting for custody, life cannot necessarily go on as normal. How you behave on a normal basis needs to be adjusted to best fit with the circumstances, particularly if you are attempting to receive full custody. While you cannot – and should not – change everything… Read More »

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Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Going from seeing your children every day at home to having to follow a child custody schedule can be a difficult transition. Whether you are the custodial parent who feels you lose out on fun, weekend time with your kids or you are the non-custodial parent who never feels like it is enough, there… Read More »

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Interested Party Care in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Extended families and friends often work together to ensure younger children receive the love and care they need. This can result in children living with grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings, cousins, and even close family friends. The arrangement may be best for the children, and avoids a legal battle over custody when everyone… Read More »

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When Can a Child Influence the Custody Arrangement?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Under the Code of Virginia Section 20-124.3, the child’s preference is one of the nine specific elements used to determine the best interests of the child in relation to child custody and visitation. Under the law, the judge can take into consideration “[t]he reasonable preference, if the court deems the child to be of… Read More »

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Child Custody Modifications in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you obtain a child custody order, either through agreement with the other parent or a judge’s decision, you should understand that this schedule will not work forever. Your situation, the other parent’s schedule, and your child’s needs will evolve. Eventually, these changes may require a modification to your child custody order. You might… Read More »

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