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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 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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Preparing for Your Virginia Divorce Mediation

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you and your spouse have opted to give mediation a chance to resolve outstanding issues in your pending divorce, it’s important to take the process seriously and ensure you are properly prepared beforehand. Mediation only works if both spouses are serious about resolving their outstanding issues rather than letting a judge decide during… Read More »

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Virginia Post-Divorce Modifications

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The majority of outstanding issues in your divorce may be negotiated between you and your ex. This can include alimony, child support and custody, etc. Those issues that cannot be resolved between you will be decided on by the judge prior to issuing the final divorce decree. However, what was in everyone’s best interests… Read More »

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USFSPA and Military Divorces in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you or your spouse is in the military and you’re preparing for a divorce, you may have heard of the USFSPA. This is the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act. It is a federal law that addresses a variety of concerns that are specific to divorcing military couples. Military couples may be dealing… Read More »

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What is a Virginia QDRO and How Does It Affect My Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A QDRO is a qualified domestic relations order, which will assist with dividing retirement assets. Your Virginia divorce settlement agreement might contain the language that you and your ex have agreed to split the accounts equally, but the QDRO is what is needed to actually move forward with transferring the assets. These only apply… Read More »

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Virginia Divorce: How to Serve Your Spouse Overseas?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

There are a number of similarities between filing a divorce petition and a standard civil lawsuit for financial damages. One of these is that you need to serve the other party and allow them the chance to respond before moving forward. However, what happens if the person you are divorcing is located overseas somewhere?… Read More »

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What is a Vocational Expert and Do You Need One in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If your Virginia divorce attorney has mentioned the term vocational expert, you may be wondering what this position entails and how does their expertise fit into your pending divorce. There may be situations where the use of a vocational expert is key to a divorce hearing. In fact, the use of vocational experts in… Read More »

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Mistakes to Avoid if You Think You’re Headed Toward a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When the realization sets in that your marriage is falling apart and you may be headed towards a divorce, it can be a painful moment. Even if you’ve only been married a short time, it can be difficult to accept. In many cases, there were warning signs that your spouse was unhappy and the… Read More »

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Preparing for Your Virginia Divorce: Determining Commingled Property

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

After your initial divorce paperwork is filed, you and your ex will need to come to an agreement on how to divide assets and debts. If you cannot come to an agreement, the judge hearing your case will ultimately be the one who makes a determination. Because Virginia is an equitable distribution state, it… Read More »

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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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