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Long Distance Child Custody and Time-Sharing Arrangements in New Mexico

There are a number of reasons why divorced or separated parents move away from the city or state where their children reside. Whether it is the custodial or non-custodial parent who is moving away, or both, such a move creates obvious problems for parents who share child custody. However, there are a host of long-distance…

New Mexico Child Support Enforcement: CSED Enforcement/ Collection Methods

Paying child support is a legal obligation. If an individual fails to make child support payments, then there are several collection methods that the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) of the New Mexico Human Services Department can use to enforce child support orders and collect past due child support. These include, but are not limited…

Loss of Income and New Mexico Child Support

Many parents know that payment of child support is often a delicate topic because the parent receiving the support may depend heavily on receiving it each month. In turn, the parent paying the support may have a tough time making ends meet and still managing to pay their monthly child support obligation. In New Mexico,…

Sole Child Custody: When Is It Appropriate in New Mexico Divorce?

New Mexico child custody laws are based on a presumption that joint custody is in a child‘s best interest, which means that the New Mexico courts favor parents sharing both legal custody and physical custody of their children (remember that physical custody is now often called timesharing). However, there are certain discrete situations where sole…

Divorce Ceremonies Gaining Popularity

While it may sound a bit strange at first, divorce ceremonies are beginning to gain recognition as a way to help children cope with their parents‘ divorce and a way to reaffirm parents‘ commitment to raising their children as a parental unit. A recent MSNBC article discusses this new trend. First off, divorce ceremonies are…

Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer? Different Ways to Approach Your New Mexico Divorce

It has become common knowledge that nearly 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. When it comes to divorce in New Mexico, there are a variety of ways to approach the divorce process, which can be broken down into three general categories: litigated divorce, collaborative divorce and a Pro Se divorce. These…

The “Best Interests Of The Child” in New Mexico Involves Many Factors

While there is no specific, uniform definition of the “best interests of the child,” this is a standard that is used by courts in many states to determine many child-related issues, especially those involving child custody and timesharing. Specifically, The best interests of the child standard is used by the New Mexico courts when family…

Paternity Testing Basics in New Mexico

Establishing paternity has several important legal consequences. However, before paternity can be legally established, a party alleging paternity must have reliable evidence to present to the court. In the past, paternity could be difficult to determine and courts were often forced to rely on testimony or other anecdotal evidence in order to do so. However,…

Military Service And Child Custody

The fact that nearly 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce is well known. However, the divorce rate among members of the armed forces is slightly higher and continues to increase. As military divorces rise, so do the number of child custody cases, bringing issues particular to military service to the fore. In…

Protecting Your Credit Before, During, and After Your New Mexico Divorce

A divorce does not affect an individual‘s credit and credit score directly. However, shared or joint credit obligations often do. Joint credit obligations include bank loans, credit cards, finance and auto loans, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, and credit cards. Fortunately, there are several things that a person can do before, during, and after…

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