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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.


    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


    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


    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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Choosing the Best Leesburg Child Custody Attorney


There are few things that are more stressful than a messy divorce, unless you have children. Then dial up the stress levels a few notches. Child custody battles are one of the most stressful and emotional challenges you may face in your life. This is why choosing the right Leesburg child custody attorney is so important. You really only get one chance at fighting for custody, so it’s imperative you retain an attorney who is going to do their best.

You need an attorney who is on your side and is prepared to advocate for what’s best for your children. Here’s a look at some tips for helping you choose the best Leesburg child custody attorney.

Find an Attorney with Similar Experience

Choose a child custody attorney who has experience handling cases similar to yours. You want someone who has experience in the courtroom and understands how challenging these matters can be. If your case is going to be high-conflict, you don’t want an attorney who has never battled custody out in court.

Does your child have special needs or other unique circumstances that warrant a different approach? What about interstate issues? Is your ex living in another state or is there a risk of him or her wanting to move across the country? If so, choosing an attorney who has handled custody matters involving interstate issues is important.

Choose Someone Local

It doesn’t make sense to choose a child custody lawyer who is 400 miles away, as you won’t have the best accessibility to them. What if you need to make several in-person meetings? Those require time off from work, a hotel (potentially), fuel costs, etc. In addition to the convenience, remember that local attorneys have the most experience working with other local members of the legal community. Having an attorney who knows the judges and courthouse staff is always beneficial. This helps him or her better prepare for your case.

Pick an Attorney Who is a Good Communicator

It doesn’t matter if your attorney is five or five hundred miles away if he or she doesn’t communicate with you. Choosing an attorney who provides regular updates and returns emails/phone calls quickly is important. You are already stressed enough throughout this process, the last thing you need is to feel abandoned and in the dark by your legal counsel.

Find an Attorney with Passion and Compassion

Attorneys do this day in and day out, so it’s become a routine for them. This can lead to a sense of detachment in some cases. You want an attorney who is passionate about what they do rather than one who views child custody as a routine part of their day. This also means you want an attorney who is compassionate and helps you through the emotional aspects of this whole process. Your attorney shouldn’t be your therapist, but they should be helpful and comforting in order to make this process less stressful for you.

Contact Us For all Your Family Law Needs

If you are looking for a child custody attorney in Virginia, contact the team of Leesburg child custody attorneys at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC today at 703-997-4982. Let us put your mind at ease and help you through this challenging time in your life.


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