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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: Mental Illness

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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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Guardianships and Conservatorships for the Mentally Ill

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When a person is unable to make their own decisions regarding health care or handle their own finances, a relative or another individual may be able to take over this responsibility for them. When the court decides a person needs help and appoints someone to manage their affairs in their place, it is known… Read More »

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Can I Have a Mentally Ill Family Member Involuntarily Hospitalized?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia state law has strict requirements in order to have a person involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility. Family members who wish to have a loved one hospitalized against their will must be able to prove: The individual has a mental illness, and because of that illness; There is a substantial likelihood the person… Read More »

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How Virginia’s Mental Health Care Has Changed Since the Virginia Tech Massacre

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

On April 16, 2007, a senior at Virginia Tech shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 more. The violence took place in two different attacks about two hours apart and ended with the perpetrator committing suicide. Until an attack on a nightclub in Orlando, Florida in 2016, the Virginia Tech massacre was the… Read More »

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Schizophrenic Mother Spared Jail Time, Will Receive Mental Health Treatment

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A Maryland mother arrested for causing her child’s death after pushing him on a swing set for over 40 hours will not go to prison and instead receive outpatient mental health treatment. According to police, the child died of hypothermia and dehydration as his mother pushed him in a bucket swing during a psychotic… Read More »

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State Senator From Loudoun Hopes To Reform Role Of School Police Officers

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In response to reports of overzealous police charging troubled students with criminal disorderly conduct charges for behavioral issues, several Virginia state lawmakers recently introduced legislation aimed at curbing criminal prosecution of students in lieu of alternative scholastic discipline. Loudoun County Republican state delegate Dave LaRock introduced two such measures, HB 1132 and HB 1134…. Read More »

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Virginia Senator Sues State For $6 Million

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A Virginia state senator who nearly died at the hands of his mentally ill son recently filed a $6 million lawsuit against the state, its mental health services, and the caseworker who allegedly mishandled the attempt to institutionalize the troubled young man. Deeds’ hopes his lawsuit will spur the change Virginia’s mental health services… Read More »

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