Category: child custody

3 Factors to Consider When a Previously-Absent Parent Returns

Losing contact with one parent due to a separation or divorce is often traumatic for a child to experience. Whether the relationship was secure prior to the family law action or not, suddenly not seeing or hearing from a parent can have consequences that impact the child for years to come. For some families, however, […]

The Child Custody Evaluation Process

A child custody evaluation is a common process in New Mexico family law cases. However, it can still be an anxiety-inducing time for a parent. To keep your fears in check and ensure you are properly prepared for this process, you should take a closer look at the custody evaluation process and how it can […]

The Right of First Refusal Explained

Parents tend to have the most influence on their children’s lives. The time that children spend with each parent helps shape their personalities over time and gives them their first look into what being part of a family is like. As long as there are no issues related to safety, it’s important that children spend […]

6 Parenting Plan Mistakes to Avoid

In New Mexico, a parenting plan is an agreement that covers all the details of a custody arrangement, including the parenting time schedule and holidays. This plan, once approved by the court, is binding on both parents and must be followed, although it can be changed if circumstances call for it. Because it is binding […]

The Differences Between Custody and Guardianship

Custody and guardianship are closely related but different concepts that are used to describe the legal relationship between a child and an adult. Although these two terms are often confused, the relationships are different in a number of significant ways, including: Who can appoint them The legal relationship’s duration Who is usually granted custody versus […]

Navigating Infant Care Plans After a Divorce

Crafting the most suitable parenting plan is the goal for many families after a New Mexico separation or divorce. When a parenting plan supports healthy, stable relationships, it’s the best thing for the children’s happiness over the long term. Creating the “best” parenting plan, however, can feel intimidating at the onset, especially if one of […]

Co-Parenting for Never Married Parents

Not all co-parents in New Mexico have been through a divorce because some couples chose not to get married. Never-married parents, however, still face challenges similar to those of parents who are going through a divorce, with some additional issues. Determining what the parenting responsibilities are in a legal sense can be more complicated for […]

Parenting Plan Modifications

At the end of your separation, divorce or custody case in New Mexico, you will receive a final parenting plan. This plan can be crafted by the judge in your child’s best interests if you and your co-parent can’t agree, or it might be based on arrangements you and your co-parent agreed upon. While this […]

Stepparents and Legal Guardianship

Families are not static. They change and grow, and people welcome new members all the time through friendship, birth and marriage. Stepparents are an increasingly common and important part of the structure of many families. They can play a significant role in the upbringing of a child, acting as another adult for the child to […]

Child Custody Law

Child custody can be a confusing subject for a lot of people. If you have never dealt with a custody case in New Mexico before, you may feel a little lost when you start looking into custody because of all the professional and legal terms involved. However, once you see everything broken down, it is […]