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Much of the anxiety associated with family law cases has nothing to do with the actual conflict. Rather, anxiety and tension arise from simply not knowing what to do or what comes next. The family law attorneys at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC provide the information and trusted counsel you need to more calmly and confidently navigate the divorce process.
In New Mexico, a divorce begins by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document is filed in the district court presiding over where you live; for Albuquerque residents, you file in the Second Judicial District Court. An official copy is served by one spouse (the petitioner) to the other (the respondent) either personally, through certified mail or, more commonly, through a process server—someone paid to ensure personal delivery of sensitive legal documents.
The petitioner has 30 days to respond in writing to indicate if he or she agrees with statements made in the Petition.
Within 45 days of the response, the parties involved must exchange financial disclosures (called Notice of Compliance with 4-123 NMRA*) that outline separate and joint assets and debts, income and expenses.
From this point, divorces can take many different paths. Parties who agree on major issues may proceed to the creation of a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) that outlines how joint assets and debts will be divided and a Parenting Plan that outlines how parents will share time with their child(ren) and each party’s child support obligation.
Parties with contested issues may seek mediation or move to litigation where a judge will intervene to settle disputes.
No two families are alike and no two cases are alike, so the strategy for each family law case needs to be tailored to you. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC provides the personalized family law services and counsel your case requires. We offer legal service packages to accommodate families who feel they can achieve their desired outcomes with minimal legal assistance as well as those who need full representation. We also offer third-party financing so that your budget does not compromise your ability to get the legal support you need.
Although no two family law cases are alike, all family law cases are defined by and subject to New Mexico laws, statutes and precedents, all of which uphold two core principles:
Although equally dividing assets or your child(ren)’s time may not seem fair, knowing these tenets may help you forego some conflicts that are likely to only create more hostility and expense.
New Mexico law does not require that either party in a divorce have an attorney. However, there are many good reasons to seek legal counsel. Foremost, it is difficult to think clearly and make decisions about your family’s future during times of such emotional intensity. Having an experienced family law attorney can help you see beyond the immediate crisis so that your family has the documents and financial support in place for a secure future.
Meeting with a family law attorney does not obligate you to be represented by one, so there is no risk when you contact Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC. We invite you to our Albuquerque office to interview our team and learn more about your legal options and resources.
Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC has helped thousands of families navigate the New Mexico Family Court system. We have the experience to handle all types of family law issues, including:
We also provide the legal assistance to preempt many family law issues through pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as alternative conflict resolution through mediation.
If you are facing a family crisis that requires legal intervention, contact Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC in Albuquerque. Interview our team to find the family law attorney who can best steer your family toward a better future.
Call us to interview our Albuquerque-based team and take the legal action required to move towards a better future.