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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: Virginia Family Law Attorney

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What to Know about Marrying a Non-US Citizen

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Love knows no bounds, and it’s not surprising that many people are finding love abroad. Whether it’s a holiday romance or finding your significant other while on a military assignment in a foreign country, many United States citizens want to bring their new fiancé to live with them in the United States. To do… Read More »

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What to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Stepparent adoptions are where a stepparent wants to adopt their new spouse’s child, while the spouse maintains his or her legal rights. Stepparent adoptions can involve minor children, but they can also involve children who have already turned 18. Differentiating Between Adult, Second Parent, and Stepparent Adoptions Depending on the circumstances, a stepparent adoption… Read More »

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7 Reasons a Virginia Court Could Find Your Prenuptial Agreement Invalid

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you go through the time and expense of drafting a prenuptial agreement, you want it to stand up in court. Drafting one yourself is risky because a court can declare the entire agreement invalid if you have invalid clauses or your soon to be ex-spouse has grounds to challenge it. It’s recommended that… Read More »

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What to Know about Using Facebook during a Virginia Divorce

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

During a contested divorce, the other side is looking for every advantage they can to use against you. One potential source of advantage is information obtained from social media, especially Facebook. Some people might decide to delete or deactivate their account during a divorce, which could present additional problems. Here is what you need… Read More »

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What to Include in a Virginia Postnuptial Agreement

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Postnuptial agreements are agreements between spouses that occur after the marriage has already taken place. And, in some cases, the provisions set forth in a postnuptial agreement provide a more favorable outcome than those in a prenuptial agreement. If you are considering either a prenup or postnuptial agreement, it’s important to speak with skilled… 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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Establishing Paternity in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In the legal sense, establishing paternity means determining a child’s legal father and the obligations and rights that entails. This also means placing the father’s name on a birth certificate. In order for a father to be legally responsible for a child, you must start by establishing paternity. It’s also the first step for… Read More »

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Gray Divorce and What it Means for You

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The term gray divorce refers to divorces involving the demographic of older, or “gray-haired,” people who have been married for a long time, sometimes as long as 40 years. This term is typically reserved for people aged 50 and older. The trend has been around for years, but it was only given this name… Read More »

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Cohabitation Agreements in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a marriage ends, spouses are afforded a number of rights that enable them to separate their finances and personal lives equitably. Virginia law tries to ensure that one spouse does not walk away from a divorce in a considerably better position than other. It also provides power to the courts to make decisions… 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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