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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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What is Lump Sum Alimony and is it Better for my Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As its name suggest, lump sum alimony is court-ordered alimony that is typically made in one payment. There is no modification, and typically there are no future payments to be made. However, in some cases, a judge might order a specific amount to be paid each month as well as a lump sum payment… Read More »

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5 Questions to Ask before Hiring a Virginia Divorce Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Choosing the right Virginia divorce attorney is an important step in ending your marriage. Knowing what questions to ask can help narrow down the options and determine whether the attorney you are meeting with is the right one for you. You should have a list of priorities in mind when you meet with a… Read More »

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Can a Virginia Spousal Support Award be Modified?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Once your final divorce decree is signed, you might assume that you won’t have any further ties with your ex. However, even in the absence of having children together, an award of spousal support can bind spouses together long after the divorce is finalized. And, as time passes, circumstances can change that may lead… Read More »

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Answering a Divorce Lawsuit in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have been served with a complaint for divorce, the process can seem confusing and maybe even overwhelming. Retaining a Virginia divorce attorney is highly recommended to ensure your rights and assets are protected. Formal Start of the Divorce A divorce formally begins when one party files the complaint. Prior to that, the… Read More »

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Dividing Marital Debt in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

During the course of your Virginia divorce, everything will be divided, which includes not only your assets, but also your debt. But, how is debt handled? What is considered marital debt and how is it determined? The division of debts in a marriage is handled in pretty much the same manner as assets. Virginia… Read More »

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Pros and Cons of Collaborative Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Like a handful of other states, Virginia allows the use of collaborative process, including for divorce. If you are not familiar with the term, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with collaborative divorce, along with its potential benefits and negative aspects. What is a Virginia Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is a process that allows… Read More »

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How is Spousal Support Determined in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Unlike child support in Virginia, there is no single universal formula applied statewide for determining spousal support. There are some guidelines in several counties, but it doesn’t mean they are binding in all courts. In addition, some of the established guidelines only apply to select circumstances, like cases where the spouses’ combined monthly income… Read More »

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Can I File for Divorce Without an Attorney in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s not uncommon for people to wonder if they can file for divorce without retaining an attorney. In Virginia, you can file for divorce on your own, but it’s not necessarily advisable in all situations. For couples who have very few assets, no children, and the divorce is uncontested, filing on your own might… Read More »

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5 Tips to Help You Get Through Your Virginia Divorce Hearing

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are nervous or anxious about the divorce process and what happens at a hearing, being prepared can help relieve your nerves some. Retaining a compassionate and knowledgeable Virginia divorce attorney is important because a good divorce attorney is the one who will walk you through how the process of a divorce hearing… Read More »

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How Assets are Divided in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Asset distribution can be one of the most contentious aspects of a Virginia divorce. If you can’t come to an agreement on your own on what is a fair distribution, the court is the one who will be left to determine who gets what. Despite what you might be imagining, assets and liabilities are… Read More »

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