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Whitbeck Bennett is proud to be a successful, full-service law firm with a strong focus on family law, mental health law, and special education.

We provide legal services to families and individuals, helping them get the best result possible through experience and compassion.

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Virginia Divorce

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Virginia Divorce By: John Whitbeck [11.12.2020] Making mistakes during your divorce is common, especially if you are not represented by a skilled Virginia divorce attorney. Divorce is stressful and emotional, so it’s easy to make...

Things to Consider When Changing Your Name

Things to Consider When Changing Your Name By: Kevin McCandlish [11.05.2020] Changing one’s name can bring about a fresh start, a new perspective, or an opportunity to reconnect with an important personal history. Common reasons to change one’s name range from entry...

The Process of Changing a Name in the Commonwealth of Virginia

The Process of Changing a Name in the Commonwealth of Virginia By: Kevin McCandlish [10.28.2020] The process of a name change in Virginia is fairly complex. Generally, a person may apply on behalf of themselves or their child to their local circuit court for a name...

Military Divorce: What You Need to Know

Military Divorce: What You Need to Know By: John Whitbeck [10.22.2020] If you are married to an active member of the military and are contemplating divorce, there are some important considerations to know about military divorces. Divorce is an emotional and often...

When Does a Child Become an Adult?

When Does a Child Become an Adult? By: Calum Welch [10.20.2020] College is an important time for growth and exploration in your child’s life, but it can also pose many unforeseen challenges. While your child is now an adult in the eyes of the law, there are still...

Is it Legal to Date While My Virginia Divorce is Still Pending?

Is it Legal to Date While My Virginia Divorce is Still Pending? By: John Whitbeck [10.14.2020] The question of whether or not it’s legal to date while a Virginia divorce is pending is not uncommon. Unlike some other states, Virginia does not recognize legal...

Domestic vs. International Adoption

Domestic vs. International Adoption By: Calum Welch [10.02.2020] When you are considering adopting, one of the first decisions you will have to make is whether to pursue a domestic adoption or an international adoption. While each system has its benefits, there are...

Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy: What are the Differences?

Traditional vs. Gestational Surrogacy: What are the Differences? By: John Whitbeck [09.25.2020] Surrogacy is an assisted method of reproduction that can help prospective parents start a family when they are struggling or unable to get pregnant. When it comes to...

Custody and Visitation Exchanges During a COVID-19 School Year

Custody and Visitation Exchanges During a COVID-19 School Year By: Joseph Menze [09.23.2020] As the school year in Northern Virginia begins, many parents are dealing with remote learning and partial school schedules for their children. On top of this, some parents are...

What to Expect During a Consultation

What to Expect During a Consultation By: John Whitbeck [09.18.2020] The first step to hiring a lawyer is usually a consultation. To minimize the stress involved in hiring a lawyer for your situation, we think it is essential for you to know what to expect during your...

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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.”

Amanda
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.”

John
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.”

Charlotte
Falls Church, VA

“John Whitbeck represented me on, what most people would agree was, an extremely complicated and emotional divorce and custody case involving abuse and infidelity by my ex-husband. From the moment, I sat down with John, I felt that I was heard, understood, and respected, not just by John, but by his entire team. I was supported and informed through every step of the process. John was a true advocate for myself and my kids. He fought for and achieved true justice for us. Today, my kids and I couldn’t be happier, and we truly owe a great deal of that to John and his team.”

Shabnam
Fairfax, VA