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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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Category Archives: Divorce

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Do You Need a Temporary Agreement for Pendente Lite Purposes in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce does not exactly happen overnight, which is why an increasing number of divorcing couples in Virginia sign a temporary agreement for Pendente Lite purposes. The waiting period between separation and finalized divorce in Virginia is at least six months if you have no children or a year if you share children. It takes… Read More »

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What Are the Legal Consequences for Ending an Engagement in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are reading this, chances are you are either considering canceling your impending engagement or your partner ended your wedding, and you would like to file a lawsuit to get compensated for the emotional or even monetary damages. Or the third option is that you are someone who wants to weigh the pros… Read More »

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5 Reasons That Your Prenuptial Agreement Can Be Voided by the Court

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. ending in divorce, prenuptial agreements make perfect sense. However, in certain situations, having a prenup drafted and signed means nothing to the court. In other words, your prenuptial agreement must be valid to ensure that you get assets A, B, and C in the event… Read More »

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Is Mediation Right for Your Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Mediation can be an effective tool for expediting the divorce process in Virginia. It can also save you money and reduce your stress, helping your overall emotional state. However, mediation may not always be beneficial to your particular situation. When you retain a Leesburg divorce attorney, he or she will help you through your… Read More »

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Differences Between an Uncontested and a Contested Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

One of the questions we are often asked is what is the difference between an uncontested and a contested divorce in Virginia? This is not something unique to Virginia. Most simply put, an uncontested divorce is one where both parties are in agreement about everything. A contested divorce means just that, one or both… Read More »

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Rebuilding Your Retirement Fund after a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Getting a divorce can have a major impact on your retirement savings and plans. During a Virginia divorce, you are required to split all marital assets in a fair and equitable manner. This means your spouse could receive money from your 401(k), pension, or other investment funds. Even if your retirement accounts are not… Read More »

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What is Considered Cruelty in a Leesburg Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

At-fault divorces tend to be the most contentious and emotionally tense type of divorce you can experience. If you plan to file for an at-fault divorce in Virginia, you can only choose from one of the approved grounds for divorce. One of these grounds is cruelty. If you plan to file for divorce using… Read More »

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Common Questions about Property Division in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

During a Virginia divorce, dividing marital assets and liabilities is typically one of the most difficult aspects to resolve. Before you get worried about losing everything, you need to contact a Leesburg divorce attorney who can put your fears to rest. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about property division in a… Read More »

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How High-Value Assets are Divided in a Virginia Divorce Proceeding

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Some divorces have assets that extend beyond the family home and a couple of cars. Some couples have their own businesses and a lot of assets. Some of these assets can be worth a lot of money, like antiques, artwork, stocks, intellectual property, and more. The process of dividing these assets can be time-consuming… Read More »

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Intellectual Property and Your Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

All assets that are considered marital property are subject to a split in a Virginia divorce. This can also include intellectual property. Some people do not even realize that they have intellectual property that is subject to division. This means that you could be losing out on a share of the assets that you’re… Read More »

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