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  • John C. Whitbeck, Jr.


    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


    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


    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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What to Do if You Believe a Virginia Divorce is Imminent


If you believe that your marriage is broken and there is no chance of fixing your marriage, you need to take the proper steps before you can file for divorce. The state allows for a no-fault divorce; however, it is not as straightforward as you might expect. You must live apart continuously for at least twelve months. You cannot live together for ten months then cohabitate again for a month. Unlike many other states, Virginia doesn’t allow couples to use “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for filing a no-fault divorce.

If you headed towards divorce in Virginia, here are some steps you can take to be ready.

Meet with a Virginia Divorce Attorney

Start by speaking with a Leesburg divorce attorney immediately to understand your rights and responsibilities. An attorney will tell you what the right course of action is and how you need to protect yourself before you file for divorce.

Get Important Account Information

Before filing, you want to ensure you have copies of all your important information. This includes account numbers to banks, retirement accounts, investment accounts, and more. You should have the information on any life insurance policies and copies of your vehicle titles. If you have a home mortgage, obtain a copy or that as well as other debts like credit card numbers and statements. If you have a business together, you will want to copy as much information about the business as possible. 

Take Inventory of Family and Household Possessions

Make a list of any major items in your home. This can include furniture, automobiles, jewelry, artwork, and more. Ensure that you check in any safety deposit boxes and/or storage facilities.

You should also put together a list of the household expenses and budget. Like the other information, this will become important during the divorce itself.

Look at Your Own Financial Situation

Start by looking at your own credit history. If you don’t have any credit cards in your own name, now might be the time to start trying to establish your own credit history. In the event your credit history is negative, you can pay creditors now in order to help raise your score.

Try to start saving money and build your own nest egg. Having savings can certainly help to offset legal costs and get you on your own two feet. You should also look into making a realistic plan of what your earning potential is. Are you currently employable, or what additional education might you need to help you get the type of job you want?

Contact a Leesburg Divorce Attorney

If you have questions on Virginia divorce, or are concerned what issues will come up during the divorce, you need to speak with a Leesburg divorce attorney who can help walk you through the process and let you know what you can expect before you initiate the proceedings by filing the divorce petition. Contact the knowledgeable team of family law attorneys at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC today at 703-997-4982 to schedule a consultation.


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