Protecting What Matters Most

WhitbeckBennett is proud to be a successful, full-service law firm with a strong focus on Family Law, Mental Health Law, and Education Law. We provide legal services to families and individuals, helping them get the best result possible through experience and compassion.

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...

A Family Matter Newsletter – July 2022

A Message from the WhitbeckBennett Family   As the calendar turns to summer and kids are out of school, the stress of co-parenting can be amplified. Without the relief of school, and school-related activities. It is no secret that co-parenting can be challenging....

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...

The Rule to Show Cause: A Helpful Order Enforcement Tool in Virginia

The Rule to Show Cause: A Helpful Order Enforcement Tool in Virginia   [06.28.2022]   Jail time, fines, an order to take a certain action, or an award of attorney’s fees and costs. These are potential consequences of failing to follow a court order. When a...

Addressing Parental Alienation Issues Early Can Provide Lasting Protection to Children

Addressing Parental Alienation Issues Early Can Provide Lasting Protection to Children   [06.24.2022]   What is parental alienation? Parental alienation is when one parent attempts to turn one or more children against the other parent in one or more ways. ...

Qualities to Look for In A Divorce/Family Lawyer

John C. Whitbeck, Jr. is the founder of WhitbeckBennett. His practice focuses on family law, special education law, and mental health law. He regularly practices in several jurisdictions in the Northern Virginia area. He has also been certified as an expert witness in...

A Family Matter Newsletter – June 2022

A Message from the WhitbeckBennett Family   Greetings!   My name is Jenniffer DeNigris and I began working with Whitbeck Bennett as an Attorney in April, 2022. I primarily work out of the Leesburg office and have enjoyed getting to know the amazing team in...

Arm Yourself with Knowledge (Podcast Transcript)

Transcript of Episode 15 of The Mind Itself podcast: Arm Yourself with Knowledge [05.31.2022] John Whitbeck: The Mind Itself is a podcast about mental health, mental health law, and how they affect all aspects of our daily lives. By taking a deeper dive into how our...

Arm Yourself With Knowledge

On this episode of the Mind Itself Podcast, John Whitbeck is joined by Debbie Rose, an attorney who practices in the area of education law. Together John and Debbie discuss special education, the Title Nine Cases, school discipline, and other education-related...

Court Ordered Parental Education Programs

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...

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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