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Child Custody for Unmarried Parents: What You Need to Know

When a baby is born to an unmarried couple, the mother of the child is automatically recorded as the legal guardian of that child. For a father to potentially have joint responsibility, his name needs to be on the birth certificate or have paternity established. New Mexico law has a firm belief that, in most […]

What to Do If Your Co-Parent is Withholding Parenting Time

New Mexico law assumes that it is in the best interest of a child to spend time with both of their parents, even after the relationship ends and the parents separate. This is known as joint custody and the intention is to ensure a fair division of parental responsibilities between the child’s parents and provide […]

Bringing Someone with You to Meet Your Family Law Lawyer

Attorney-client privilege is the fundamental principle through which clients can freely discuss their private affairs with their chosen family law lawyer while remaining safe in the knowledge that their disclosures will go no further. To ensure that the discussions between a lawyer and their client remain absolutely confidential, they are normally held with no other […]

What Is Paternity & Why Do You Need to Have it Confirmed?

Being a parent is an honor and something that many fathers cherish and look forward to in their lives. However, there are occasions where this is not the case. Occasionally, a father’s wishes don’t align with those of the child’s mother and the issue of paternity may play a role in the impending discussion of […]

The Challenges of Divorce in an LGBTQ+ Marriage

Marriage equality became law in the state of New Mexico in 2013, finally granting members of the LGBTQ+ community to legally marry and for their marriages to be recognized in the same way as a heterosexual couple. Once this law passed, it allowed LGBTQ+ couples the same legal rights in marriage that their heterosexual counterparts […]

3 Things to Consider When Pursuing a Divorce When You’re Self-Employed

It goes without saying that emotions run high during the breakdown of a relationship, especially if it’s a marriage. Even when you intend to part on amicable terms, tensions can understandably run high once finances and spousal support discussions get underway. This can be particularly true for those who are self-employed and have worked hard […]

Starting a Family Before Marriage: What You Need to Know Legally

Marriage isn’t for everyone. Some people are content just being in a committed long-term relationship that isn’t formalized by a wedding and the legalities that accompany it. However, there are some cases where those legalities are useful for protecting the rights of the individuals involved, and one of these instances is when children are involved. […]

What You Need to Know About Kinship Custody in New Mexico

In most cases, children are raised by their biological parents, who retain responsibility for their care and well-being until they reach adulthood. However, there are some instances when kinship custody must be enacted, either for the safety of the child or to provide support for the parent(s). In New Mexico, the guardianship of a child […]

Planning Your Will: 5 Steps to Get Started

Major life events like marriage, divorce, buying property, or the arrival of a child often provide the momentum most people need to get their affairs in order and prepare a will. A will is an essential legal document that details your wishes regarding end-of-life care, who will manage your finances if you are incapacitated, and […]

Maximizing Your Retirement Savings During And After Your Divorce

A divorce brings a lot of emotions with it, including anxiety, and this is often heightened by having to deal with money matters, too. Divorce will likely impact your finances now and in the future, including your future retirement funds. As you approach your divorce, you should have the mindset that you are going to […]