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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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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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Major Change in how Virginia Courts Consider Custody Cases

By Megan Thornhill |

As of July 1, 2018 Virginia House Bill 1351 became law and many parents believe it will make consideration of custody cases more equal.  HB 1351 amends Va. Code Section 20-124.2 and requires judges to consider shared custody as part of an overall determination of custody cases.  Credit for the passage of the bill… 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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Understanding Mental Illness in Virginia Family Law Cases

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Mental illness is an important factor in many family law matters. It can be a primary reason behind a marriage breaking down, or even some criminal activity. In addition, mental illness can play a role in other Virginia scenarios such as child support, child custody, spousal support, and property division. Each of these is… Read More »

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What to Know about Retirement Account Assets and Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Spouses who decide to get divorced in Virginia need to know that pensions are one of the financial assets that may be affected by the divorce. It’s what’s known as a “defined benefit” retirement account, and the courts also look at other retirement accounts like 401K, IRA, and 403b plans, which are contribution plans…. Read More »

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Can Medical and Therapy Records be Used in a Virginia Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Privacy is one of the biggest concerns during a divorce or custody case, and those concerns certainly extend to what information your soon-to-be ex can obtain in regard to medical and mental health records. Medical and therapy records are filled with sensitive, private, and in some cases, potentially embarrassing information that no one wants… Read More »

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Reasons to Hire a Virginia Family Law Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you’re facing a divorce and/or custody dispute, it can seem overwhelming. An expensive, long, drawn-out legal battle is something no one wants to endure. Some people decide to attempt to take on family law matters without legal representation in hopes of saving money, only to discover it ended up costing them more in… Read More »

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How Social Media can Harm Your Child Custody Case

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s generally recommended that people going through a divorce keep a very low profile on social media, as your prior posts can come back to haunt you, and your new posts could jeopardize your chances of a favorable outcome. In addition, your social media posts and behavior could work against you if you are… Read More »

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Obtaining an Emergency Protective Order in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In order to qualify for an emergency protective order in Virginia, you must be the alleged victim of a criminal offense that resulted in serious bodily injury or allegedly be stalked. In these cases, either the victim or a law enforcement officer has the right to request an emergency protective order from the necessary… Read More »

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Common Types of Elder Abuse

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As adults age and become frailer, many are unable to take care of themselves. This can also mean they lack the ability to fight back or speak up if there are other health complications hindering their cognitive or speech skills. Abuse against the elderly is a clear problem in the United States, and while… Read More »

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