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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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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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Important Factors to Know about Guardian Ad Litem Appointments in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Guardian ad litem, or GAL, means “guardian for the suit.” In Virginia, a guardian ad litem is appointed by the judge to help the court in understanding the circumstances of a particular case. Guardian ad litem appointments in Virginia fall under two distinct programs — one for children and one for incapacitated people. The… Read More »

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How to File for Child Custody in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Are you facing a child custody battle and worried about losing your children? You are definitely not alone. The idea of potentially losing your children to your ex is a scary scenario. Child custody can take one of two forms, contested or uncontested. In an uncontested matter, both parents would reach an agreement on… Read More »

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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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