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What are the Rights of a Wife in Divorce? | Part 2

This article is the second in a multi-part series on women’s rights in divorce cases. While divorce laws are supposed to apply equally to both spouses, there are issues unique to women in divorce worth considering. It’s essential to have a competent attorney who...

A Family Matter Newsletter – September 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE WHITBECKBENNETT FAMILYFamily, fall, and football. This can only mean one thing; school is back in session for the year. As we all resume our familiar routines, unfortunately, the back-to-school memories of pencils and blackboards have, in some...

What are the Rights of a Wife in Divorce? | Part 1

This article is the first in a multi-part series on women’s rights in divorce cases. While divorce laws are supposed to apply equally to both spouses, there are issues unique to women in divorce worth considering. It’s essential to have a competent attorney who...

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

How long you go through your divorce will depend on several factors. In many ways, the length of time for your divorce depends more on non-legal factors than legal ones. In Virginia for example, spouses cannot get divorced in less than one year if they have minor...

What Is Joint Custody?

There are two types of custody, legal and physical. Legal custody is about who makes decisions for a child. Physical custody is what determines each parent’s time with the child. When parents have joint legal custody, it means they have equal say over major decisions...

How Is Joint Custody Implemented and Interpreted in Oklahoma?

Ms. Godfrey has been practicing law for 13 years. Prior to joining WhitbeckBennett, she founded her own private practice in 2016 in Oklahoma City. She focuses on family law, which includes divorce, child support, custody modifications, Guardian ad Litem, adoption, and...

A Family Matter Newsletter – August 2022

A MESSAGE FROM THE WHITBECKBENNETT FAMILYDid you know that Whitbeck Bennett has a podcast? The podcast is called The Mind Itself and is hosted by our Managing Partner, John Whitbeck. The podcast focuses on mental health and mental health law. The latest episode of the...

Partner, Elizabeth Lancaster, featured in Loudoun Times-Mirror Article

  "As parents, we have to trust that when we send our children to school they will be safe.  When that trust is so badly broken, there must be consequences.” WhitbeckBennett Partner, Elizabeth Lancaster   Former principal accused in lawsuit of causing...

What is Legal Ghostwriting?

[08.02.2022] Can’t Afford An Attorney? We Can Still Help You ‘Ghostwrite’ Court Documents.   Litigation is expensive.  Not everyone can afford to have an attorney for their case.  This means that some people have to act on their own, or “pro se” in legal terms. ...

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

On this episode of the Mind Itself Podcast, John Whitbeck is joined by Dr. Sumit Anand, a Northern Virginian psychiatrist who has worked with John on multiple cases in the forensic realm. Together, John and Dr. Anand discuss the criteria of bipolar disorder, the...

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“I would highly recommend John Whitbeck to anyone needing legal counsel or representation. He was thorough, intentional, and professional in all of my dealings with him. He is well respected in the legal community of Loudoun County and is well liked by friends and colleagues alike. He has worked diligently to build a fabulous reputation and proven his knowledge of the law through his diligent practice in the area. No man would be as highly respected and sought after if he didn’t have the experience and professionalism to back it up.”

Loudoun County, VA

“For my divorce case, I had three different attorneys – the last was John Whitbeck. John was far superior than the previous two and also the opposing counsel. John is an excellent litigator and negotiator. Specifically, he had the judge reverse a previous decision based on his interpretation of the law and reached agreement on several contentious topics with a very difficult opposing counsel. John works closely with his client to develop a strong legal strategy and masterfully presents your case to the judge. I owe the outcome of my case to John’s tireless efforts and incredible talent.”

Leesburg, VA

“John Whitbeck was my third attorney for my divorce process. This is honestly one of the most painful experiences to go through. I appreciated John’s straight forward manner in presenting the choices. It helped cut through issues to define emotional vs strategic good decisions. Being clear about the process and outcomes is essential to seeing a way ahead. I am thankful for his work and support through this tough time.”

Falls Church, VA

“I highly recommend Mr. Whitbeck and his team to represent your side in a divorce. I needed a lawyer to defend and protect me from the constant barrage of attacks and demands from opposing counsel and wife and he did that swiftly and effectively. I also needed a lawyer to be cost effective while at the same time, ensuring that my case was properly attended. Lastly I needed a lawyer who was willing to listen to my arguments, to believe in them and where necessary, incorporate them into his own. John did all that and more and I couldn’t be more satisfied with his handling of my divorce. “

Kevin S.
Leesburg, VA

“Absolutely loved working with David Marquardt and his team! He answered any questions, calls, emails and texts promptly even on the weekends and did everything he could in my custody case for my daughter. He only had 12 days to work on the case and it was VERY messy! Yet, he still did everything he could and helped me with my daughter. Thank you all so so much!!!”

Emily P.
Rockville, MD

” Elizabeth Lancaster has represented my husband and I both in different cases, and I want to start by saying she is AMAZING at what she does. If you are looking for someone who is on your side and will do whatever it takes to get the best outcome then she is your answer. I will never use anyone else after hiring her. Also very responsive which is great.”

Toni S.
Leesburg, VA

” Please ask for Tara Brown, she is professional and makes you feel heard but also very transparent when it comes to handling your case. I’m so blessed to have found her, we have been working together for over a year and I trust her to handle all of my legal needs. 10 out of 10! “

Brii R.
Richmond, VA