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How to Keep Your New Mexico Divorce Private

Divorce is a delicate matter. Many private details are documented, such as financial information and personal information pertaining to the divorce. These are details most people want to keep private.  Court proceedings are public record unless there is a specific reason to seal them. Therefore, facts about your New Mexico divorce may be accessible [...]

Three Divorce Scenarios You’ll Need an Attorney to Handle

Divorce is a challenging, and often harrowing, experience. It is especially difficult when either one or both spouses attempt to manipulate the division of assets, both financial and otherwise. This complicates matters and extends the divorce timeline. You must be proactive in protecting yourself once you find yourself in this position. At Sutherland Law [...]

5 Tips for Financial Planning for a Divorce

One of the best ways to alleviate some of the stressors that come with divorce is to find a reputable Las Cruces divorce lawyer. You can also be proactive, informed, and fully participatory in the divorce process. This is especially true when considering how divorce affects you financially.  Whether or not you were proactive [...]

New Mexico Adoption | Planning to Adopt Your Child

Adopting a child can be a very complicated and confusing process. It's also a beautiful one. For individuals and families choosing adoption in the land of enchantment, there are some key facts to be aware of. You should expect your New Mexico adoption to take 4-7 months to complete. New Mexico Adoption Laws In [...]

10 Signs Your Spouse is Cheating On You

Sometimes you have a gut feeling that something is wrong in your relationship. While that instinct may not be enough to know whether your spouse is cheating on you, it may be enough to start looking for proof. At Sutherland Law Firm, we handle many cases involving cheating spouses for clients in New Mexico. [...]

Will Getting A Divorce Affect My Citizenship Status?

Getting a divorce is not an easy process. In most cases, divorces are tiring and expensive. If you have immigrated to the United States, a divorce may affect your citizenship status. Depending on where you are in the process of obtaining citizenship, you may not have an issue. It may seem overwhelming to have [...]

Social Media and Divorce – The Complete Guide

For many of us, divorce is the inevitable dark reality that follows marriage. Almost 50 percent of all marriages in the US will end in a divorce, with first-time marriages coming in at a slightly lower rate of 41 percent. The divorce rate in the US has been dropping during the last decade, but [...]

Study Finds: Friends Don’t Let Friends Stay Married

As a Las Cruces divorce lawyer, I often have clients who are on the fence about a divorce. Maybe they—or their partner—can change. Perhaps a couple hopes to stay together for their kids. There are a number of internal and external forces that determine whether a couple splits up. But did you know that [...]