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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.

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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: Family Law

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What Should You Include in a Virginia Prenuptial Agreement?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A prenuptial agreement, often referred to as a “prenup,” has been the subject of countless heated debates within couples looking to tie the knot. While prenuptial agreements have typically been viewed with skepticism and negativity by the recipient partner, the premise behind these legal agreements is not to shut one spouse out or assume… Read More »

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Potential Concerns with Virginia Guardianships

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A guardianship is when you appoint someone to assume legal responsibility for certain situations or tasks depending on the nature of the situation. The appointment of a guardian is typically done in the court system, but there are still potential concerns that can arise down the line that might lead to a lawsuit against… Read More »

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An Overview of Virginia Child Custody Agreements

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When parents break up, they may find themselves in a battle over where and with whom the children should live, how much time the children should spend with each parent, or who should get to make major decisions for the children.  If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to consider resolving… Read More »

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Can I Be Accused of Kidnapping My Own Child in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Is it possible to be accused of kidnapping your own child? Yes, it is possible that a parent could be charged with kidnapping his or her own child. There is a common misconception that kidnapping is “taking” someone else’s child.  If a parent withholds his or her child in violation of a custody or… Read More »

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What is Teenager Emancipation in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Until someone is 18 years old, they have not reached the legal age of majority. This means that parents or legal guardians have the right to custody and control of their children. This includes the legal responsibility to provide their children with the basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, etc. They… Read More »

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Annulment of a Marriage in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

There are two main ways to terminate a marriage in Virginia, divorce or annulment. Annulment differs from a divorce as the divorce seeks to end a marriage which is valid while annulment seeks to end a marriage that was invalid. With a divorce, there is a record of you being married, while with an… 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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How to File for Child Custody in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Are you facing a child custody battle and worried about losing your children? You are definitely not alone. The idea of potentially losing your children to your ex is a scary scenario. Child custody can take one of two forms, contested or uncontested. In an uncontested matter, both parents would reach an agreement on… 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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How to Bring Up the Subject of a Prenuptial Agreement

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As a law firm, we often tell people they need a prenuptial agreement in Virginia. However, many people are afraid to talk to their fiancé about a prenup, or are unsure about how to bring the topic up in the first place. It can be an extremely difficult and uncomfortable conversation in many cases,… Read More »

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