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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: Divorce

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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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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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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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Divorce in Virginia: What if My Spouse Cheated on Me?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Adultery is a legal basis or “grounds” for obtaining a fault-based divorce in Virginia.  If you suspect your spouse is cheating on you, you might be considering a divorce based on adultery.    Before you do, it is important to understand the potential benefits as well as challenges involved in the process. One benefit of… Read More »

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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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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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