How Do New Mexico Divorce Proceedings Work?
In New Mexico, the legal term for a divorce is a “dissolution” of marriage. Although state law allows a few fault-based grounds for dissolution, such as adultery, it is not necessary to prove fault to dissolve the marriage. In most cases, the ground used for divorce is known as “incompatibility.” The case starts when the person seeking the dissolution files a petition and an information sheet. The person filing the petition becomes known as the “petitioner” in the case, and the spouse against whom the petition is filed is known as the “respondent.” Together, they are known as the “parties” to the action.