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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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Six-Year Divorce Motivates Virginia Woman to Find and Share the Humor


Divorce is a difficult time in life. It is not only the end to an intimate relationship, it is also the separation of two people’s finances. In most situations in Virginia, a divorce can be finalized within a year or two. However, the more complex the issues pertaining to the divorce and the parties’ aversion to communicate and compromise, the longer the divorce can drag on. A Virginia woman, Debbie MacDougall, has found herself in this kind of situation. She has spent the past six years trying to get divorced and her case is heading to the Virginia Supreme Court last this year. While MacDougall has had her fair share of difficulties and negative emotions, she has also chosen to find the humor in her situation. MacDougall, along with some other writers and artists, has published a coloring book about divorce. “Divorce: The Comic Coloring Book” is available on Amazon, and MacDougall thinks it can help men and women facing divorce.

The Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books may seem like the latest craze, however, many people believe they are beneficial. Concentrating on a relatively easy creative task like coloring can help adults de-stress. Simply taking a few minutes or an hour to color in a page can get your mind off other issues. If you are having trouble coping with a bigger problem, this type of distraction can actually help you refocus at a later time. For adults who have a hard time unwinding at night, coloring can be a way to get away from screens that may negatively affect sleep. For individuals who have a hard time focusing, coloring books can be a simple task to practice paying attention to a task for a certain period of time. They can be an easy way to train your brain.

Not all therapists are convinced that adult coloring books are extremely helpful. They should not be used as a substitute for therapy or art therapy administered by a licensed professional. However, some medical professionals believe they can be therapeutic and useful, even if they are not perfect. And for many adults, particularly those going through a divorce, something therapeutic and useful may be all they need. Having a relaxing outlet for the negative and sometimes overwhelming emotions associated with divorce can be crucial.

Divorce: The Comic Coloring Book

MacDougall is keenly aware of the difficulties women face during a divorce. In addition to their family situation changing, women’s social circles often change. Many women feel alone in what they are going through. However, the truth is that divorce has become so common that many men and women have experienced the anger, sadness, resentment, and alienation associated with divorce. By tackling these issues with humor along with the relaxing activity of coloring, MacDougall hopes women will have a little help coping with the situation.

Get Help With Your Divorce

If you want to move forward with a divorce, it is important to do two things: seek experienced legal advice and find a way to express yourself. At Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC in Leesburg, we understand the myriad issues that arise during a divorce. While we can help you tackle all of the legal and administrative tasks in the coming months, we also want you to have all the emotional support you need to get through this difficult time. Whether it is a divorce-related coloring book or a local support group, find what works for you to express yourself.




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