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Elder Law – How to Protect Your Aging Loved Ones

The field of “elder law” covers a multitude of situations, all of which aim to address the issues that one encounters toward the end of one’s life in an effort to increase the quality of life for senior citizens. “Elder Law” is not actual field of law but rather a nickname given to these set […]

Military Divorce – Special Considerations and Complications

The state of New Mexico is home to more than 14,000 active-duty service members [1], and over 9% of the state’s population is made up of military veterans. This is largely due to a strong military presence in the state courtesy of the military bases that many service people and their families call home. Service […]

The Unexpected Consequences of Divorce

Divorce is a major life event that reshapes the lives of a separating couple and can have wider implications for their social circles. While most people only consider the immediate impact of divorce, it is important to understand the potential unexpected consequences that often accompany it. Where did my friends go? When a couple separates, […]

The Diverse Workload of a Family Law Attorney

Family law is a fascinating practice area in which attorneys experience a wide range of complex situations and work closely with their clients to achieve outcomes that prioritize their health, financial security and happiness. The issues that occur in families are often deeply personal and can be complex. A family law attorney’s role is to […]

How Domestic Violence Affects Custody Outcomes

Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects the safety and well-being of more than 30% of New Mexico residents every year [1], and it is one that the courts take extremely seriously. Reports of domestic violence in a relationship can significantly increase the complexity of child custody proceedings as protecting the best interest of […]

Can Disproving Biological Paternity Nullify Custody Agreements?

When a relationship breaks down and the trust is gone, a couple facing divorce may begin to question the very foundations of their relationship. In some cases, they may actively seek validation for their decision to leave. If either party has been unfaithful in the past, some may question whether the children they have raised […]

How to Get Sole Custody and When to Pursue it

Very few issues in the field of family law are as emotional as child custody. Parents who are divorcing often have concerns about child custody, and some question the ability of their partner to care for their children by themselves. This tends to be where the topic of sole custody is raised, and while it […]

Same-sex divorce – Challenges and rights

Same-sex marriage became legal in New Mexico in December 2013, affording same-sex couples the same rights to marry and divorce as their heterosexual counterparts. The marriage and divorce process is the same for same-sex and heterosexual couples in the state, following the same legal procedure and requiring the same legal documentation. However, there are some […]

Why women tend to initiate divorce proceedings

Getting married is a big step that requires a significant commitment from both parties. For some women, the reality of marriage can be overwhelming, and this is reflected in startling new statistics that show that in heterosexual marriages, women are the instigators of nearly 70 percent of divorces in the US[1]. There are many reasons […]

Understanding parental responsibility for a minor’s willful misconduct

Willful misconduct is the deliberate act of causing harm or damage to other people or their property. This includes but is not limited to assault, theft and vandalism. When such acts are performed by a minor, under New Mexico law, the parents or custodial guardians of the offender are held accountable for their actions [1]. […]