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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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How Mediation Can Help Your Virginia Divorce?


When you are preparing for a divorce, you may be concerned about the costs, and how long the process will last. Mediation may be an option within the divorce process, or even an alternative for some Virginia divorces. You should not attempt to move forward without a skilled Leesburg divorce attorney on your side. At Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC, we specialize in Virginia family law matters, including divorce mediation.

Why Should You Consider a Virginia Divorce Mediation?

Mediation can expedite the divorce process. It requires less investment of your time, emotions, and money, which can lead to a more productive environment for resolving outstanding issues in your divorce. There is a main goal to reach a binding settlement that resolves property distribution, child custody, as well as spousal and/or child support. This can be achieved through an open discussion in a less formal environment than a traditional courtroom.

Potential Benefits of Mediation in a Virginia Divorce

There are a number of potential benefits to considering mediation in your Virginia divorce. The most obvious is the potential cost savings. Divorce costs can add up fast, even when there are not a lot of outstanding issues to resolve. You can spend less in legal expenses while accomplishing more when you work out your remaining issues through mediation. This means your divorce will also conclude faster when you work out your issues in a mediation.

You have more control over the outcome rather than allowing a judge to decide important issues in your life. If the mediation is successful, it means that both sides created an agreement they can live with rather than continuing through an adversarial trial. It can also help improve your relationship with your ex since you worked together to agree on your divorce terms.

Avoiding a hostile or adversarial outcome in your divorce is beneficial to both sides. Most couples who resolve their divorce through mediation feel more satisfied, and it can help them move on with their lives without holding on to the bitterness of a nasty divorce.

Some of the common issues that a divorce mediation can resolve include:

  • Child custody
  • Divorce agreement
  • Property division
  • Spousal support
  • Co-parenting plans
  • Child support
  • Debt settlement
  • Asset management

Note that agreements involving child support, custody, and visitation are not binding until a judge approves them. This is to ensure that all agreements involving minor children have the best interests of the children in mind.

Are There Divorces that Mediation is Not Recommended For?

While mediation is a great alternative for most couples, there are situations where a traditional divorce may be more appropriate. Some of these can include:

  • Your ex does not consent to a divorce;
  • Your ex intimidated you or abused you during your marriage;
  • Your ex is emotionally or intellectually incapacitated; and/or
  • Your ex does not fully disclose his or her financial situation;
  • Your outcome in court would be better than mediation.

Contact a Virginia Divorce Attorney

If you have questions on how mediation works, contact Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC today at 703-997-4982 to schedule a consultation. Let one of our skilled Leesburg family law attorneys answer all your questions.


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