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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: spousal support

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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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Can a Virginia Spousal Support Award be Modified?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Once your final divorce decree is signed, you might assume that you won’t have any further ties with your ex. However, even in the absence of having children together, an award of spousal support can bind spouses together long after the divorce is finalized. And, as time passes, circumstances can change that may lead… 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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What Does Cohabitation Mean in Relation to Spousal Support?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Having to pay your ex-spouse alimony can be a hard pill to swallow, particularly if the court orders you to pay spousal support indefinitely. If you divorced relatively young, this means you could have an additional monthly bill for decades. However, even indefinite alimony can come to an end. Virginia law §20-109 allows you… Read More »

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Factors for couples divorcing after 50

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It has been dubbed “gray divorce,” when individuals over 50 end their marriages. These types of divorces have become more common in recent years, and experienced divorce attorneys have learned that the major considerations in gray divorces can be far different than those for individuals ending their marriages in their 20s and 30s. If… Read More »

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When Can Spousal Support in Virginia End?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

While most individuals think of spousal support as monthly payments from one ex-spouse to another for the foreseeable future, alimony can be much more nuanced and customized to the situation. Spousal support can be paid in a lump sum following a divorce or it can be provided in periodic payments. Sometimes spousal support is… Read More »

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Does My Spouse Have To Pay Spousal Support During Our Separation?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce proceedings do not become finalized overnight and financially dependant spouses rarely land back on their feet immediately after filing for separation. Recognizing these pitfalls, Virginia divorce courts may order one spouse to make spousal support payments to the financially dependent spouse during the separation, before the divorce is even finalized. Temporary spousal support… Read More »

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How Is Spousal Support Determined In A Divorce?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The disillusionment of a marriage may be an emotional strain and financial difficulties may only complicate the situation. Spouses living a once comfortable lifestyle may be overwhelmed by circumstances such as division of property, selling a home, and financial needs. Fortunately, spouses may seek monetary support from their partner to alleviate financial issues. Virginia… Read More »

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