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Proudly serving families in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida. 

What a Woman Should Ask for in a Divorce Settlement

Often, women go into divorce proceedings overwhelmed by their new responsibilities and unsure of what a woman should ask for in a divorce settlement. The idea of going to trial is enough to worry about, and fear of the unknown can be debilitating. Women should know...

Who Suffers the Most in Divorce?

People have preconceived notions about who suffers the most in a divorce, and it’s only natural. As they begin to think about divorce, they might think they understand how the world treats divorced men and women and use these notions to construct narratives about...

How Long Does Divorce Take in Texas?

So, you’ve filed for divorce. How long will it take to get your divorce finalized? On the short end, Texas requires a 60-day “cooling off” period following the filing of the petition for divorce. This means 60 days must elapse between when the petition for divorce is...

Should I Talk to a Lawyer Before Asking for a Divorce?

The choice to get a divorce is a major life decision, and asking oneself, "should I talk to a lawyer before asking for a divorce?" is common. Still, many separating couples, intimidated by the prospect of the unknown legal road ahead, feel it would be safer and easier...

What is Considered Income for the Purpose of Child Support?

In a divorce proceeding involving the calculation of the parties’ child support obligation or in child support proceedings generally, the determination of income is a cornerstone of such support calculation. So, what is considered “income” for this purpose? Employment...

Who Gets the House in a Divorce?

A home is a family's most significant asset, and it's only natural that many divorce negotiations revolve around the future of a family's real estate. However, deciding who gets the house in a divorce need not be a source of undue conflict, and a little understanding...

What Are My Rights As A Caregiver In Kinship Care?

This article will explain your rights as a caregiver providing informal kinship care. Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends. Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from...

What are the Rights of a Wife in Divorce? | Part 5

This article is the fifth 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...

What are the Rights of a Wife in Divorce? | Part 4

This article is the fourth 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...

What are the Rights of a Wife in Divorce? | Part 3

This article is the third 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...

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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

“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