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Basics of Getting Divorced in Virginia

Basics of Getting Divorced in Virginia  By: John Whitbeck [02.26.2021] If you’re contemplating divorce in the state of Virginia, it’s pretty straightforward as far as requirements go. However, it can take months, or even years, especially if the other party contests...

Understanding Mental Illness in Virginia Family Law Cases

Understanding Mental Illness in Virginia Family Law Cases By: John Whitbeck [02.23.2021] Mental illness is an important factor in many family law matters. It can be a primary reason behind a marriage breaking down, or even some criminal activity. In addition, mental...

Special Education in the Classroom

Special Education in the Classroom  By: John Whitbeck [02.19.2021] Special Education in the Classroom According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 7.1 million students between the ages of three and twenty-one received special educations services under...

How Child Support Is Calculated in Virginia

How Child Support is Calculated in Virginia By: John Whitbeck [02.16.2021] One area of a divorce that is more predictable is the calculation of child support. This is not something left up to chance, actually following a specific formula. While divorce can be...

Cohabitation Agreements for Unmarried Couples in Virginia

Cohabitation Agreements for Unmarried Couples in Virginia By: John Whitbeck [02.12.2021] When a married couple ends their relationship, there are legal rights both parties have in regards to separating finances and assets. The law in Virginia follows the theory of...

Love Abroad: Marrying Non-U.S. Citizens

Love Abroad: Marrying Non-U.S. Citizens By: John Whitbeck [02.09.2021] Love knows no bounds, and it’s not surprising that many people are finding love abroad and marrying non-U.S. citizens. Whether it’s a holiday romance or finding your significant other while on a...

Prenuptial Agreements: What Should Be Included

Prenuptial Agreements: What Should be Included By: John Whitbeck [02.05.2021] What Should You Include in a Virginia Prenuptial Agreement?   A prenuptial agreement, often referred to as a “prenup,” has been the subject of countless heated debates within couples looking...

Adopting Stepchildren in Virginia

Adopting Stepchildren in Virginia By: John Whitbeck [02.02.2021] What to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Virginia Stepparent adoptions are where a stepparent wants to adopt their new spouse’s child while the spouse maintains his or her legal rights. Stepparent...

Reversing an Adoption in Virginia

Reversing an Adoption in Virginia [01.29.2021] Can a Virginia Adoption be Reversed?    It may surprise you to learn that there are some situations where a finalized adoption can be reversed. After it’s finalized, if one party wants to initiate the reversal, he or she...

Pros and Cons of Keeping Separate Property Separate

Pros and Cons of Keeping Separate Property Separate [01.22.2021] Virginia classifies property and debt during a divorce as either marital property and debt, separate property and debt, or a mix (or “hybrid”) of both. Your actions during the marriage and separation...

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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

“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.”

Fairfax, VA