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Guide to Divorce Mediation

Though nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, a number of them can end civilly, and with mutual agreement. Divorce mediation can produce agreement in the majority of cases. In mediation, you’ll decide on core issues at the heart of divorce, which may include things like division of property and assets, custody, and child [...]

Preparing for a Custody Hearing

A custody hearing can bring up feelings of fear and uncertainty. We understand. The impact on you, your children, and your family is very real. Sometimes, it's helpful to know what to expect, so that you can be well-prepared for what comes next. What we've shared here is not exhaustive, and we highly recommend [...]

Adoption in New Mexico: What LGBTQIA+ Families Should Know

If you're considering bringing a child into your home through adoption, you are in good company! According to the Adoption Network, there are about 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which is one out of 50 children. There are many ways to adopt a child, including but not limited to: Open, Semi-Open [...]

What is Kinship Guardianship?

In the state of New Mexico, there are laws and processes in place to protect the best interests and well being of children. This is true when it comes to issues of guardianship, that is, deciding who will care for a child in a specific circumstance. The Kinship Guardianship Act offers guidelines for decision-making [...]

Divorce and The Holidays

The holidays are a stressful time for everyone. When a family has gone through a recent divorce, everyone feels the effects, especially children.  The court normally stipulates regular visitation rights as well as holiday time in the final divorce proceedings. If you cannot come to an agreement, the court will decide for you. In [...]

Legal Guardianship | 5 Things to Know

When you’re asked to be a guardian of a minor or elderly person, there are hundreds of questions that spring to mind. You may have a desire to help out a family member or close friend in need. Fortunately, the laws and guidelines surrounding guardianship in New Mexico are designed to help everyone involved [...]

Child Custody Laws in New Mexico—What You Need to Know

It’s never easy to enter into a conversation about the custody of your child. Separating emotions and feelings in order to understand the child custody laws in New Mexico is difficult and confusing. Child custody laws differ from state to state. Finding out how they apply to you and how they will affect your [...]

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 [...]