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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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Tag Archives: Family Law Loudoun County

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Divorced & Unmarried Parents: Who Can Make Medical Decisions For Your Kids?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Raising a child can be difficult and when you do not agree on major decisions with your child’s other parent, the situation only becomes more stressful. One of the common topics unmarried or divorced parents fight over is medical decisions for their child. From immunizations at a young age to treatments for a condition… 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 Are My Kids Ready to Stay Home By Themselves?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As parents, we face tough decisions related to our children on a daily basis. Should we send them to school with that sniffle? Is that movie appropriate for them? Are they ready to stay home without a parent or babysitter? When children can handle being home alone is a serious question, one where many… Read More »

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Is My Pre-Marital Agreement Valid?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Pre-marital agreements are not for everyone, but many couples choose to use these contracts as a way to not only protect themselves in the event of a divorce, but plan for the future of the marriage. Pre-marital agreements can determine property division upon dissolution of the marriage and contain provisions for how the couple… Read More »

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Adopting in Virginia: A Complex Process

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

According to the most recent data provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, just over 130,000 children were legally adopted between 2007 and 2008. Virginia adoptions accounted for nearly 3,000 of those cases. The United States has a long history of adoption and in 1851, Massachusetts passed the first modern era… Read More »

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Virginia Guardianship Needs: When is it Appropriate?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When we think of having legal control over another individual, we often think of child custody laws. We often discuss custody matters in our blog, but there is also another very important way a person can affect the legal situation of someone else. That legal tool is called guardianship. A guardianship relationship can be… Read More »

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Virginia Custody Laws: Can a Custodial Parent Relocate to Another State?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you think about child custody issues, you most likely think of divorce. In fact, there are a variety of reasons you may seek custody over a child and Virginia laws allow any legitimately interested person the ability to petition the court for custody. Regardless of the reason, if you have legal custody over… Read More »

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Can Out-Of-State Courts Modify My Child Custody Order?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Child custody disputes are some of the most tumultuous issues that can arise during divorce proceedings and other family law hearings. When parents are awarded custody or visitation rights, the sense of relief they that comes with the ruling may be short lived as they begin to wonder whether their child’s other parent may… 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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