Divorce is tragic for all the obvious reasons, but it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Knowing […]
My how things have changed! Back in the “old days” it was always the woman got […]
You are confronted with a legal issue involving your family and you want to resolve it […]
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If you have been charged with armed robbery in New Mexico, you need experienced criminal defense counsel. Armed robbery is a second-degree felony that will lead to a prison sentence if you are convicted. Fortunately, the state must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and there are several defenses that may apply to your case. However, it’s critical that you consult with an experienced New Mexico criminal defense attorney quickly to protect your rights. New Mexico law defines robbery as follows: "[T]he theft of anything of value from the person of another or from the immediate control of another, by use or threatened use of force or violence."
Unreasonable Marital Debt: When Only One Spouse Is Liable
A common question our lawyers receive is the extent to which one spouse is responsible for the debts of the other after the spouses separate. This can be a significant issue when an angry or irresponsible spouse racks up debt either to spite the other spouse or in spite of the other spouse’s interest. Generally speaking, courts divide the debts of the parties similarly to the way they divide assets. First, they identify the debts, then they classify the debts as either separate or marital. Lastly, they divide the debt. The far majority of debts are considered marital debt for which both parties are responsible.
Never Underestimate the Power of a Dad
As families have changed, the roles of both parents have shifted with them. For decades, mothers have served as the primary caretaker of children, and it is unlikely that this will change anytime soon. However, whether or not parents are married, fathers and father figures can play a powerful role in raising children. A recent report issued earlier this year by the American Academy of Pediatrics summarizes much of the research relating to fathers and the important role they play in their children’s health and development. The report defines father “broadly as the male or males identified as most involved in caregiving and committed to the well-being of the child, regardless of living situation, marital status, or biological relation.” What did the study find?
What Is the “Divorce Diet” and Does It Work?
It is widely thought that people who marry may gain weight. There is support for this notion. In fact, a research study showed that compared to the normal weight that people gain as they grow older, married men and women are heavier by 1.5% and 2%, respectively. On the other hand, the impact of divorce on couples’ weight was also revealed in the same study. As relationships shatter and eventually end in divorce, men’s weight regressed to almost the same as they were before marriage. What about women? Their weight dropped by 2.5% compared to when they were single. Overall, about 70% of divorcees are getting “extremely thin,” comments Rachel Sussman, author of “The Breakup Bible.”
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Not many people missed last year’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. But many people do not realize that until that ruling, many same-sex couples were unable to get a divorce. Before 2015, the legality of same-sex marriage was determined on a state-by-state basis. For example, California was well-known for allowing these marriages. As a consequence, many people traveled to California and other states who would allow them to marry there. The couple would then return to their home state as married. But as some relationships soured, these couples found that they were not able to get a divorce in their home state. And because of residency requirements, which require a person to live in a state for certain period of time before filing for a divorce, they could not reasonably divorce in a different state. To do so, at least one of them would have had to have moved to a state that allowed same-sex divorces—for an extended period of time. All of that changed last year when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
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In the wake of a recent murder of a Hatch police officer, New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez, has vowed to reinstate the death penalty. Republican Martinez is a former prosecutor who is shaken by the Hatch murder, as well as recent killings involving children. The move follows the recent shooting of a Hatch police officer, which occurred after a routine traffic stop. The alleged shooter was an Ohio fugitive passing through New Mexico. He has also been charged with violating federal firearms laws. In addition to the Hatch shooting, Governor Martinez cited the recent killing of a Navajo girl as support for her position. The success of Governor Martinez’s initiative will no doubt turn on who fills New Mexico’s legislative seats in the election this fall. While Republicans tend to support the death penalty, Democrats do not.
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Divorce crosses all boundaries, such as age, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. In the news as of late is former NBA player Rasheed Wallace and his wife, Fatima Sanders Wallace. In addition to bringing the location of filing to the forefront of public discussion, the Wallace cases provides a primer on prenuptial agreements. Mr. Wallace filed an action for divorce in North Carolina, and Mrs. Wallace filed her action in Michigan three weeks later. The parties had been married for about 16 years, through most of Mr. Wallace’s NBA career. Mr. Wallace played basketball for the Portland Trailblazers, the Detroit Pistons, the Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks. He also worked as an assistant coach for the Pistons. The Wallaces did have a prenuptial agreement, which included spousal support.