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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.

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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

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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 Family Law Attorneys

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What are Custody and Visitation Rights of an Unmarried Father in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have a child in the Commonwealth of Virginia and you are not legally married to the mother at the time the child is born, the lack of an official marriage means there is no presumption under Virginia law that you are the biological father. If you do not establish paternity, you will… Read More »

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What is Collaborative Divorce in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When many people think about divorce, they assume that it’s always contested and a messy and aggressive process. There are assumed to be fights over money, assets, child custody, and spousal support payments, which all takes place in a courtroom setting. While litigating a divorce is common, it’s not the only option you have…. Read More »

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Who Gets the Engagement Ring in a Virginia Break Up?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you asked who gets to keep the engagement ring in a break up a few years ago, the answer might have been more complicated. In 2016, the Supreme Court of Virginia clarified this matter in the case of McGrath v. Dockendorf, 793 S.E.2d 336 (Va. 2016). History of Dockendorf Case In this case,… Read More »

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Should You Give Your Fiancé an Heirloom Engagement Ring?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

The last thing on most people’s minds before proposing to the love of their life is whether the marriage is going to last. The sad truth is — some engagements do end prior to the marriage taking place, and even those couples who do make it down the aisle aren’t necessarily guaranteed to find… Read More »

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When Should You Hire a Family Law Attorney

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

People often think about hiring an attorney for personal injury matters like an automobile accident, but there are a number of other situations where retaining an attorney may be in your best interest. And, many of these situations involve family law matters. Here’s a look at several scenarios where a Virginia family law attorney… Read More »

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What is Required to Get Married in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Couples planning to get married have a lot to think about when it comes to legal topics. Do you need a prenuptial agreement? Will you buy a new home? What about a joint bank account, name changes, custody and visitation of children from a prior marriage, etc. With a variety of complex legal issues… Read More »

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Indian Child Welfare Act and How It Relates to Foster Care and Adoptions

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you’re considering fostering a child or starting an adoption that involves a child of Native American descent, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and how differently these situations are handled. What is the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) The ICWA was enacted in 1978 to establish minimum… Read More »

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Void Vs. Voidable Marriages in Virginia

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While many marriages end in divorce, there are other ways marriages can end. In some cases, a marriage may be void or voidable as well. It’s important to learn the differences and meet with a knowledgeable Virginia family law attorney if you have any questions about the validity of your marriage. Void Marriages A… Read More »

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How to Divorce-Proof Your Family Business

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a married couple goes into business together, they are planning for their future together. Unfortunately, many couples fail to prepare for a future apart, so when divorce happens, it can threaten the family business. When most of the spouses’ assets and net worth are tied up in their company, it becomes difficult to… Read More »

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5 Things to Consider About Military Divorce in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Military families make big sacrifices in service to their country. Long separations, frequent relocations, and the stresses and challenges of active duty take a toll on marriages in the military community. Military divorces have some unique circumstances and laws that distinguish them from civilian divorces. Here are five things for military families to think… Read More »

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