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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 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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Creating a Parenting Plan in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are going through a divorce with children, creating a parenting plan or agreement can help you and your ex make the best decisions for them. It can help clarify any current issues, and discuss those that might arise in the future. Here are some elements to consider in your Parenting Agreement: Custody… Read More »

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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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