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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: Virginia Family Law Attorneys

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Can a Virginia Spousal Support Award be Modified?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Once your final divorce decree is signed, you might assume that you won’t have any further ties with your ex. However, even in the absence of having children together, an award of spousal support can bind spouses together long after the divorce is finalized. And, as time passes, circumstances can change that may lead… Read More »

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How to File for Child Custody in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Are you facing a child custody battle and worried about losing your children? You are definitely not alone. The idea of potentially losing your children to your ex is a scary scenario. Child custody can take one of two forms, contested or uncontested. In an uncontested matter, both parents would reach an agreement on… Read More »

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How to Bring Up the Subject of a Prenuptial Agreement

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As a law firm, we often tell people they need a prenuptial agreement in Virginia. However, many people are afraid to talk to their fiancé about a prenup, or are unsure about how to bring the topic up in the first place. It can be an extremely difficult and uncomfortable conversation in many cases,… Read More »

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Creating a Parenting Plan in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you are going through a divorce with children, creating a parenting plan or agreement can help you and your ex make the best decisions for them. It can help clarify any current issues, and discuss those that might arise in the future. Here are some elements to consider in your Parenting Agreement: Custody… Read More »

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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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