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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

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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: Leesburg Divorce Lawyers

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Pros and Cons of Collaborative Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Like a handful of other states, Virginia allows the use of collaborative process, including for divorce. If you are not familiar with the term, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with collaborative divorce, along with its potential benefits and negative aspects. What is a Virginia Collaborative Divorce? Collaborative Divorce is a process that allows… Read More »

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Can I File for Divorce Without an Attorney in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

It’s not uncommon for people to wonder if they can file for divorce without retaining an attorney. In Virginia, you can file for divorce on your own, but it’s not necessarily advisable in all situations. For couples who have very few assets, no children, and the divorce is uncontested, filing on your own might… Read More »

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How Mental Illness Can Impact a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia recognizes at-fault divorces, which include grounds such as desertion, adultery, spouse’s felony conviction, or cruelty/abandonment. Like other states, “irreconcilable differences” is also one of the grounds allowed, which is technically a “no-fault” divorce. A spouse can file for divorce from a mentally ill spouse citing any of the at-fault grounds or irreconcilable differences…. Read More »

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Things to Avoid in a High Net Worth Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

While the break-up of a marriage is hard enough, it isn’t always the most difficult part. Deciding on asset division, child support, and spousal support can be the most contested aspects of the process. For couples with a high net-worth, the process is even more contentious as there is a lot more at stake…. Read More »

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Divorce in Virginia: What Happens to the Adopted Child?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are preparing for a divorce and you have children involved, it’s stressful enough. But, what happens if you have an adopted child? Aside from an increase in guilt and anxiety in many cases, some parents worry that the breakup might affect the adoption. It is important to note that if the divorce… Read More »

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Recognizing Financial Fraud in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Divorce is typically already a contentious situation, creating strong feelings of anger and sadness, and even betrayal in some situations. These feelings might make you distrust your spouse and leave you wondering if he or she is hiding assets. Fortunately, hiding assets is not the norm and, in most cases, your spouse is probably… Read More »

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Reasons to Hire a Virginia Family Law Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

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… Read More »

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The Divorce Process in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Going through a divorce is an emotional process, even if both spouses want to part ways. Prior to diving head first into a divorce, it’s important to understand how the divorce process works. Important Divorce Topics and Terms to Know   Virginia allows for two types of divorce, one of which is essentially with… Read More »

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6 Things Not to Do During Your Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

One of the first mistakes people make during a divorce is not retaining a skilled Virginia divorce attorney to help guide them through the process. Emotions are running high, and people often act before they think about the consequences. This can cause negotiations to break down, or cause delays in getting your divorce finalized…. Read More »

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Proving Adultery in a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Virginia allows for both fault-based and no-fault divorces. If you opt for a no-fault divorce, you must be living separately for at least 12 months before filing; with no cohabitation at all. If you don’t have any minor children, this time is reduced, and you only have to live apart without cohabitation for six… Read More »

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