Top 5 Child Custody Concerns
For most parents, their greatest priority is their children. Divorce doesn’t change that – in fact, […]
Leaving is Not Abandoning: A Recent Child Abuse Decision
A recent decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court examines the term “leaving or abandoning” in […]
Establishing Paternity in New Mexico
Paternity is defined as the legal status of fatherhood. Questioning paternity can be complicated, emotional and […]
Losing a job before you have the next one lined up can be incredibly frightening. Scary […]
The decision to perform paternity testing stems from a variety of scenarios that all lead to […]
They say moving and weddings are two of the most stressful events in our lives – […]
How do Grandma and Grandpa suffer when spouses divorce? They don’t get to visit with their […]
Divorce is tragic for all the obvious reasons, but it doesn’t have to be terrifying. Knowing […]
Termination of Joint Legal Custody in NM: Why and How?
New Mexico is one of the few states that presumes that joint legal custody is in the best interest of a child. With a joint legal custody arrangement, each parent has significant periods of responsibility for the child and the parents work together to make major decisions about the child. But what happens when one of the parties asks to terminate joint custody? How do courts handle that situation? In making their initial determination about custody, New Mexico courts use the “best interest of the child” standard. Many factors go into this determination.
Domestic violence can have a significant impact in a New Mexico custody determination, and that is how it should be. Children are one of the most vulnerable populations in our society. The way they are raised, particularly when domestic abuse is an issue, is a significant concern for the state.