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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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Reasons to Hire a Virginia Family Law Attorney


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 the long run. In addition to helping you save money by streamlining the process of divorce or child custody, there are a number of reasons you should hire a skilled Virginia family law attorney.

Ensure You are Legally Protected

The laws surrounding divorce and child custody can be complex. You need to ensure you are adequately protected, and if your spouse has an attorney, you are already at a disadvantage by representing yourself. Your spouse’s attorney is looking out for his or her best interests, not yours. You need your own family law attorney to ensure you are not taken advantage of. In addition, threats feel far less terrifying when you have someone who is there to help you protect your legal rights and advise you on what is possible and what is just an empty threat.

Objective Voice

It’s beneficial to have an objective voice on your side. Family law matters are emotional by nature, and emotions can hinder negotiations and progress on reaching a settlement. And, while you may want to vent about everything to do with your case to your other family members and best friends, they are not necessarily the best sounding boards. Every family law matter is different, and while your case may sound similar on the surface, minute details can make a dramatic difference on the outcome. This is where a knowledgeable family law attorney can make a huge difference versus relying on family and friends for advice.


As mentioned previously, a family law attorney can save you money by streamlining the process. Because an attorney knows the ins and outs of court policies and procedures, he or she can have documents filed timely and correctly. If you are doing this on your own, you have to research what forms need to be filed, learn how to fill them out correctly, and then study court procedures, etc. If your forms get rejected, it just adds to the overall time it takes for your legal matter to be concluded.

Ensure the Matter is Concluded

Because family law attorneys do this for a living, they can also anticipate problems that might develop once the divorce or child custody matter is resolved. He or she can ask additional questions and try to prevent various scenarios that might arise. These may be situations the average person would not think of because they don’t deal with family law matters for a living. This can help avoid future arguments and prevent additional court matters and future hearings.

If you have a family law matter that you need legal assistance with, the team at Whitbeck, Cisneros McElroy PC have years of experience handling all areas of family law matters. Contact our office online or call us at 703-997-4982 to schedule a consultation.

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