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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 there a Difference Between Separation and Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Is there a difference between separation and divorce in the state of Virginia? Yes, there is a major difference. Separation is one of the more misunderstood terms in the arena of family law and divorce. People use the word “separated” to mean legally separated, when it in most cases they aren’t really separated. Unlike… Read More »

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What Constitutes Cruelty in Virginia for a Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are filing for an at-fault divorce in Virginia, it has to be under one of the approved grounds. One of these grounds is cruelty. Cruelty can have different meanings to different people. Unfortunately, not everything you may believe is cruel would qualify under the legal theory used to grant an at-fault divorce…. Read More »

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Determining Pet Custody During a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In most cases, the family pet is more than just a pet. It is an important family member who is often very well-loved by both spouses. But, what happens when you are preparing for a divorce and the subject of custody comes up? Where does Virginia law stand on pet custody as part of… Read More »

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2019 Tax Changes to Alimony Payments in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

With the arrival of 2019, new tax changes went into effect for any new divorce agreements and spousal support payment orders. The changes are part of the tax reform law called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and includes a change to numerous popular tax deductions. One of these is the ability to take… Read More »

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5 Red Flags Your Marriage May be Headed for Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Sure, there are times where a divorce filing can come out of the blue, but in most cases, there are warning signs. Some of these signs may be obvious, while others might be easy to overlook. If you’ve been served with divorce papers or you are contemplating filing for divorce, we recommend speaking with… Read More »

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Which Professionals are More Likely to get Divorced?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

People often say that at least half of all marriages are likely to end in divorce, which is not necessarily the case. In fact, the National Center for Family and Marriage Research says the U.S. divorce rate has been on a steady decline, reaching its lowest point in almost 40 years in 2016. While… Read More »

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What are the Grounds for Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are considering terminating your marriage via a divorce, it’s important to understand how Virginia law works. The state requires that grounds for divorce exist and can be proven to the court, even in situations where both parties agree to terminate the marriage. The two main grounds for divorce are no-fault (if you… Read More »

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Common Misconceptions and Myths about Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Many prospective clients go to see a Virginia divorce lawyer armed with a number of preconceived notions based on family or friends or something they read online, which may or may not be true. Here’s a look at some of the more common misconceptions and myths when it comes to a Virginia divorce. A… Read More »

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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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