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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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When Should You Hire a Family Law Attorney


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 can be your best ally.


Unfortunately, not all divorces can be easily handled and settled where both parties walk away amicably. Divorce is an emotional process for both parties and it’s easy to let your emotions get the best of you.

Child Custody and Support

Deciding on child custody, even if you are not married to the other parent, can be a complicated matter. Child custody is one of the most important areas of family law. You want an attorney who has litigated many family law matters and someone who has a family of their own on your side. Our Leesburg child custody attorneys are experts in the field of child custody and support, handling cases involving all ages of children, from infants to teenagers.

Prenuptial Agreements

You don’t want to enter marriage thinking about divorce, but prenuptial agreements are not necessarily about the marriage ending. They can set forth guidelines and agreements for each party during the marriage itself. If you or your fiancé have a lot of assets and/or children, preparing a prenuptial agreement is recommended. And, rather than prepare one on your own that may not stand up in court, it’s best to hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of prenuptial agreements in Virginia.

Spousal Support/Alimony

Spousal support is almost always a hotly contested matter, and like other family law issues, emotions tend to get the best of both parties during a divorce or spousal support case. Take the emotions out of it by letting someone else represent you for alimony matters in Virginia.

Grandparents’ Rights

Sometimes custody issues aren’t battles between parents, but grandparents, family members, or other parties may have to litigate custody matters and other specific issues.


Adoption in the United States is a complicated and often drawn out legal matter. If you are interested in adopting a child, it’s best to start the process with a knowledgeable adoption family law attorney in Virginia. Our attorneys are also familiar with the local guardians ad litem who are appointed in contested cases, as well as the Department of Social Services who are often involved in adoption matters.

Domestic Violence 

Domestic violence issues can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Physical and mental abuse against a spouse are common cases, and very sensitive matters. We’ve represented individuals both in situations where someone was abused, as well as in instances where someone was accused of domestic violence. We’ve worked hard to develop a wealth of resources for potential victims. We have physicians, counselors, and abuse prevention organizations available for our clients in domestic violence matters.

Contact a Leesburg Family Attorney

If you have any situation that falls under the umbrella of family law, contact our team of attorneys at Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC. We’re a full-service Leesburg family law firm handling a wide range of legal matters in Virginia. Let our knowledgeable and compassionate team help you through a difficult time.

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