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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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How Are Retirement Accounts Split During a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Dividing financial assets is one of the most complicated and contested aspects of a divorce. Those assets that may be split during a Virginia divorce include retirement accounts. Virginia family law has specific procedures to ensure the fair division of pensions, 401(k) plans, as well as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Virginia courts value those… Read More »

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Can You Stop Paying Child Support if You Cannot See Your Children?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Often, tensions between two divorced persons do not end after obtaining a divorce decree, especially if their divorce involves such issues as child custody, parent visitation, and child support. It is not uncommon for divorced parents to continue arguing and conflicting long after their divorce was finalized. When these arguments and conflicts arise, a… Read More »

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No-Fault vs. Uncontested Divorce in Virginia: What’s the Difference?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Fault-grounds and no-fault divorce, contested and uncontested divorce. Yes, for someone who goes through the divorce process for the first time in his or her life, all these different types of divorces in Virginia can be confusing. Contrary to popular belief, no-fault and uncontested divorce are not the same. Luckily, we have a Leesburg… Read More »

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The Benefits of Selling the House Before vs. After the Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Naturally, if it is your first time going through the divorce, you probably have hundreds of questions on your mind. While alimony and child support probably occupy a fair share of your thoughts, other important questions that you should ask yourself are: “What happens to our marital home?” “Should I sell it before or… Read More »

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3 Tips for Divorced Parents to Avoid Stress During the Holidays

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce should not stop you from having fun during the holidays, even if you and your ex share kids, and you have conflicting opinions about your co-parenting arrangement. But planning can be tough if you are a divorced or separated parent in Leesburg or elsewhere in Virginia, and there is no consensus between you… Read More »

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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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