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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: Family Law

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What to Know about Marrying a Non-US Citizen

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Love knows no bounds, and it’s not surprising that many people are finding love abroad. Whether it’s a holiday romance or finding your significant other while on a military assignment in a foreign country, many United States citizens want to bring their new fiancé to live with them in the United States. To do… Read More »

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What to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Stepparent adoptions are where a stepparent wants to adopt their new spouse’s child, while the spouse maintains his or her legal rights. Stepparent adoptions can involve minor children, but they can also involve children who have already turned 18. Differentiating Between Adult, Second Parent, and Stepparent Adoptions Depending on the circumstances, a stepparent adoption… Read More »

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7 Reasons a Virginia Court Could Find Your Prenuptial Agreement Invalid

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you go through the time and expense of drafting a prenuptial agreement, you want it to stand up in court. Drafting one yourself is risky because a court can declare the entire agreement invalid if you have invalid clauses or your soon to be ex-spouse has grounds to challenge it. It’s recommended that… Read More »

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Different Types of Adoptions

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Adoption is one of the ways you can choose to bring a child into your life. If you’re considering adoption, it’s important to do research and understand what options are available to you. In the United States, you have several choices, including whether you want to adopt a child domestically or one from another… Read More »

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Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Some people assume the legal requirements for getting married are confusing, but as long as you research what is required in the respective state, it’s pretty straight forward. Speaking with an attorney prior to getting married is not something that many people consider, but they should. Meeting with an experienced Virginia family law attorney… Read More »

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Changing Your Name after a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are preparing for a divorce or are in the process of getting one, the idea of getting your old name back can feel like regaining your identity. You can make the request for a name change during your divorce or you can file a separate petition down the line if you decide… Read More »

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Things to Avoid in a High Net Worth Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

While the break-up of a marriage is hard enough, it isn’t always the most difficult part. Deciding on asset division, child support, and spousal support can be the most contested aspects of the process. For couples with a high net-worth, the process is even more contentious as there is a lot more at stake…. Read More »

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Virginia State Adoption Assistance Program

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

For parents who are considering adopting a child who is currently in foster care in Virginia, there may be some benefits available. Policies regarding adoption subsidies are primarily dependent on what state the child was in foster care before he or she was adopted. What is the Adoption Assistance Program? Also known as an… Read More »

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Divorce in Virginia: What Happens to the Adopted Child?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are preparing for a divorce and you have children involved, it’s stressful enough. But, what happens if you have an adopted child? Aside from an increase in guilt and anxiety in many cases, some parents worry that the breakup might affect the adoption. It is important to note that if the divorce… Read More »

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What to Include in a Virginia Postnuptial Agreement

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Postnuptial agreements are agreements between spouses that occur after the marriage has already taken place. And, in some cases, the provisions set forth in a postnuptial agreement provide a more favorable outcome than those in a prenuptial agreement. If you are considering either a prenup or postnuptial agreement, it’s important to speak with skilled… Read More »

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