Family Law for New Mexico Residents

Simply stated, family law means cases involving divorce, custody, parentage, child support, and adoption.

The most challenging conflict is one within your own family.  The fear of having to pay for an attorney while you are trying to leave a relationship can be troubling.  We have developed solutions that can guide you regardless of your budget and the complexity of your case.  We understand that the litigation will end, the crises will fade and you need to be left with reliable legal documents that create the foundation for your future.  We strive to avoid the fight when you can, but if litigation is needed, we fight to win.

Our main focus is your outcome.  No two families are alike, no two cases are alike and the strategy for each case needs to be tailored to you.  Its common for a person facing a family law issue to feel hopeless, scared and unable to see the future.  We guide you to envision what you need in your future, what your children need and how to find peace.

Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s team of legal counsel for family law have all been selected because of their ability to navigate you through the litigation process. Time and time again, our attorneys have proven that they can do more than just handle the emotional intensity, constantly changing rules and technical aspects of family law.

What is Family Law?

Family law is the resolution of all conflicts and issues concerning families and marriages. Because many of these cases involve extreme pressure and emotional stress for our clients, it is especially rewarding when we can see them through their family difficulties and help them to find the justice they deserve.

Family law can be emotionally exhausting for clients since many times in family law disputes there are one or both parties that are determined to make all procedures and discussions as difficult for the other as possible. There is a great deal of personal passion in the hearts of the clients we represent in this field, and that is why we select equally passionate and determined attorneys for our family law cases.

Find your Family Law lawyer today

If you are in need of representation for a family law case, call 505-288-3500 or email the offices of Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. Well be the driving force behind your victory and work to resolve your family law conflicts.

  • Abuse and Neglect

    The abuse and neglect of a child, disabled adult, senior citizen, patient, or any other kind of dependent human is an unforgivable but all-too-common occurrence. Abuse and neglect of a dependent is taken very seriously by both state and federal courts. There are many ways to define the abuse of another.

    Abuse can be verbal and psychological as well as physical. The regular use of hurtful language that damages a child emotionally constitutes emotional abuse and is dealt with in the same way and with the same seriousness as physical abuse.

    Parental substance abuse is considered to be a form of child abuse under some circumstances. If a child is exposed to substance abuse in the womb through his pregnant mother’s substance abuse, this can be considered child abuse. It is also abusive for a child to in an environment where illegal substances are made or sold. Selling or giving illegal substances to children is also considered abuse.

    Sexual abuse is a very serious form of child abuse that can exist in several different forms. Sexual abuse not only includes sexual actions made upon a minor or disabled and in-consenting adult, it also includes exploitation. Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse that includes actions such as allowing or forcing a dependent into prostitution or forcing a child to participate in child pornography.

    Neglect

    When a parent, guardian, or other responsible party fails to provide a dependent with food, shelter, supervision, medical care, or any other basic necessity of living, it is deemed neglect. Neglect is considered to be a form of abuse to a person. Neglecting a dependent such as a child or disabled adult can harm them physically over time as well as psychologically and emotionally. Medical neglect occurs when a person refuses to give a child or disabled adult the medical care and nutrition that he or she needs in order to live well.

    Stop Abuse and Neglect Today

    If you or a person you know is the victim abuse or neglect in any way, it is important that you call the authorities and end the abuse immediately. Quite often abuse results in long-term physical and emotional damage to the victim. If you believe that you are entitled to further justice as the result of this kind of damage, our highly experienced family law attorneys and legal professionals will see to it that you are safe and taken care of as well as properly compensated for any physical or emotional damage you have sustained.

  • Alimony

    One of the most difficult parts of separation is the possible battle between spouses over child custody. Child custody is sometimes agreed upon in the process of a divorce settlement and other times must be taken to court as a dispute to be decided with a judge.

    Physical and Legal Child Custody

    Physical custody of a child means a parent having the right to have a child live with him or her. Legal custody is the right for a parent to make decisions on his or her child’s behalf. Both of these types of custody can exist as either joint or sole custody. Joint physical custody is the most effective if both parents are residing close to each other. This lessens the stress on the child who will have to travel between homes in the future.

    Joint Child Custody

    When two parents separate and no longer live together, they can file for joint custody of a child. Joint custody means that both parents have physical and/or legal custody over their child, each having an equal say in the child’s living space and future.

    Sole Child Custody

    Sole custody is when a parent has complete physical and/or legal custody over a child. That parent has complete authority over the child’s residence and in all matters pertaining to the child’s life. Sole custody is usually awarded to a parent if the other parent is unfit. For example, sole custody would be given to a parent if the other parent has a substance abuse problem, behavioral issues, or is otherwise an irresponsible parent on his or her own.

    What’s Best for Your Child?

    When it comes to disputes over child custody, it is rarely an easy decision to make for either parent. It is an emotionally strenuous time for both parents and their children. In the end, you must do what is best for your child. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s family law attorneys understand this and well be with you to see that your child has the best future possible.

  • Child Custody

    Children’s law, also known as juvenile law, is an area of law that concerns juveniles. Contrary to popular belief, children’s law does not just apply to babies and very young children. The term juvenile addresses all people who are not legal adults, so children’s law applies to all minors.

    Subjects Covered in Children’s Law

    Children’s law usually deals with minors who have committed crimes, are being neglected or mistreated in their homes, are in need of help or care from the state, or juveniles who have committed a status offense. Status offenses are violations of age restrictions such as possession of alcohol or tobacco, violating curfew, or any other underage activity. Truancy is another form of status offense. Truancy is the legal term for skipping school. Attending public or private school is a legal requirement for all minors who are not officially home schooled.

    Juvenile courts also deal with the abuse and neglect of minors in their homes. If the parent(s) of a child have demonstrated unfit behavior, it is up to the juvenile court and attorneys specializing in children’s law to take the proper measures to either correct the problem at home or to find a safer, more caring environment to raise the minor in

    Tried as Adults

    It is becoming increasingly common that minors who have been convicted of criminal activity such as theft, violence, or drug trafficking are being tried as adults. Trying minors as adults is a response to the rapid increase in juvenile crime and a general get tough approach to disciplining juvenile criminals. Minors who have committed criminal offenses may be tried as adults but are best defended by attorneys who specialize in children’s law.

    If your child, ward, or a child you know is in any kind of legal trouble in New Mexico, you can rely on Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s children’s law attorneys to defend your child’s safety and prosperity. We want what’s best for your child, and we know you do too.

  • Child Support

    Divorce means giving up many things you’ve worked for and invested in over the course of your marriage. It changes your life completely and can feel like having a rug swept out from under you. If your spouse supported you during the marriage, then one factor to consider during a divorce is how you are going to support yourself without your spouse. One way in which recently divorced people support themselves permanently or temporarily is through alimony.

    Alimony is the legal obligation of a person to support his or her spouse before or after a divorce. It is not always an obligation in a divorce. Whether or not a spouse in a divorce receives alimony is based on employment, ability to earn, and whether or not the spouse can support his or herself. Proving a need or right to alimony involves disputes between the two parties and should be carried out by attorneys who know what to say and how to deal with divorce disputes.

    Alimony can be paid in one of three ways. The first is a lump-sum payment, which is an agreed upon amount of alimony that is paid all at once to the recipient. The second payment is called permanent alimony, which is a scheduled regular series of payments that occur indefinitely (without ending). The third kind of alimony is temporary alimony, in which the person paying alimony only pays for a set period of time and then ceases to pay after that time.

    Get the Alimony You Deserve

    If you are going through a divorce and believe that you are entitled to alimony payments, contact us at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. to schedule a consultation and discuss how our divorce attorneys can keep you financially secure through the divorce process.

  • Children’s Law

    Divorce means giving up many things you’ve worked for and invested in over the course of your marriage. It changes your life completely and can feel like having a rug swept out from under you. If your spouse supported you during the marriage, then one factor to consider during a divorce is how you are going to support yourself without your spouse. One way in which recently divorced people support themselves permanently or temporarily is through alimony.

    Alimony is the legal obligation of a person to support his or her spouse before or after a divorce. It is not always an obligation in a divorce. Whether or not a spouse in a divorce receives alimony is based on employment, ability to earn, and whether or not the spouse can support his or herself. Proving a need or right to alimony involves disputes between the two parties and should be carried out by attorneys who know what to say and how to deal with divorce disputes.

    Alimony can be paid in one of three ways. The first is a lump-sum payment, which is an agreed upon amount of alimony that is paid all at once to the recipient. The second payment is called permanent alimony, which is a scheduled regular series of payments that occur indefinitely (without ending). The third kind of alimony is temporary alimony, in which the person paying alimony only pays for a set period of time and then ceases to pay after that time.

    Get the Alimony You Deserve

    If you are going through a divorce and believe that you are entitled to alimony payments, contact us at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. to schedule a consultation and discuss how our divorce attorneys can keep you financially secure through the divorce process.

  • Divorce Law

    Paternity is the status of a person as the legal father of a child. Though paternity is usually established before or immediately after birth and registered on the newborn’s birth certificate, there are exceptions in which paternity must either be granted or proved. Whether or not the parent is biologically the father of a child, he is the legal father. This means that the paternal parent has all the rights of a father, including custody, time-sharing, and influence on how the child is brought up.

    In New Mexico, a man is established as the paternal parent of a child if he is married to the mother at the time of childbirth or 300 days after birth, assuming that the biological father is not present in the life of the child at the time of birth. If the father is not married to the mother at the time of childbirth, then he may file for Acknowledgement of Paternity.

    Other times, courts establish a man’s paternity. The mother of a child can file a lawsuit against a man who she believes to be the father of her child. If he contests paternity and claims that he is not the biological father of the child, then the court may order DNA testing to find out whether or not he is, in fact, the biological father of the child.

    Paternity law is a very serious and delicate matter that is best handled by attorneys who are experts in family law. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s family law attorneys are specially trained and experienced in this field. Whether you are trying to prove paternity of another, contest the paternity of a child, or trying to obtain paternal rights to a child, we will help you find the truth at the bottom of your case to give your child what he or she deserves in a father.

  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic abuse is defined as any incident of violence by a household member against another household member. That household member could be a child, spouse, other family members, in-law, or any two (or more) people who have had an ongoing personal relationship. This means that violence against a close friend or roommate in your home can still be deemed domestic abuse.

    What Actions Count as Domestic Violence?

    The following actions can all be deemed domestic violence if they occur between two or more people with the relationships listed above:

    • Physical Harm
    • Criminal Trespassing
    • Intentional Damage to Property
    • Stalking
    • Harassment
    • Threats Against a Household Member or Member’s Children
    • Assault
    • Any Emotional Distress Caused Verbally or Physically

    How Does the Law Deal with Domestic Abuse?

    The initial retaliation to domestic violence is usually a court granted order of protection. An order of protection protects victims of domestic abuse from the abuser by forcing him or her to leave the residence, keep a set physical distance from the victim, and refrain from all contact with the victim. Additionally, counseling may be ordered for the restrained abuser.

    Violation of an order of protection is a serious offense, and a police officer can arrest a person he or she believes to be in violation of a restraining order without a warrant. Violation of a restraining order is a misdemeanor charge on its own but the sentence for violation may increase if there are additional charges of domestic violence in addition to the violation.

    Do Not Live in Fear

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or abuse, it is crucial that you contact your local authorities and end the abuse immediately. If you pursue legal against a domestic abuser, Roybal-Mack P.C.s domestic abuse attorneys will help you get the peace of mind and body that you deserve.

  • Legal Guardianship and Kinship Guardianship

    Divorces are emotionally stressful and difficult times for both involved in the ending marriage. The divorce process can also be an angry time full of hurt feelings and unclear thoughts. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s expert divorce attorneys are there for you in your time of need from beginning to end. We always have your best interests in mind and are there to protect you and your feelings during the divorce process.

    Protecting Your Assets During A Divorce

    During the divorce process, it is essential to have legal representation to minimize your losses in the divorce process. Divorces, especially those that do not have prenuptial agreements, involve a division of the assets. Your assets are made of both your possessions and money. Dividing these assets can sometimes be a ruthless process for both people involved in the dissolution of a marriage.

    Alimony

    Alimony is the legal obligation of a person to support his or her spouse before or after a divorce. Alimony is not always an obligation in a divorce. Whether or not a spouse in a divorce receives alimony is based on employment, ability to earn, and whether or not the spouse can support his or herself. Proving a need or right to alimony involves disputes between the two parties and should be carried out by attorneys who know what to say and how to deal with divorce disputes. Click here to learn more about alimony.

    Reaching a Settlement

    While some divorces cannot be settled between the two spouses and must be taken to court, most divorces are settled out of court. This happens over the course of discussions and negotiations between the two spouses and their legal representatives. It is your attorneys job to try to reach a peaceful settlement that protects your interests and assets.

    Minimize Your Losses

    If you are in the process of dissolving your marriage, you need legal counsel to protect you in the process. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s divorce attorneys are there for you every step of the way.

  • Paternity Status

    Divorces are emotionally stressful and difficult times for both involved in the ending marriage. The divorce process can also be an angry time full of hurt feelings and unclear thoughts. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s expert divorce attorneys are there for you in your time of need from beginning to end. We always have your best interests in mind and are there to protect you and your feelings during the divorce process.

    Protecting Your Assets During A Divorce

    During the divorce process, it is essential to have legal representation to minimize your losses in the divorce process. Divorces, especially those that do not have prenuptial agreements, involve a division of the assets. Your assets are made of both your possessions and money. Dividing these assets can sometimes be a ruthless process for both people involved in the dissolution of a marriage.

    Alimony

    Alimony is the legal obligation of a person to support his or her spouse before or after a divorce. Alimony is not always an obligation in a divorce. Whether or not a spouse in a divorce receives alimony is based on employment, ability to earn, and whether or not the spouse can support his or herself. Proving a need or right to alimony involves disputes between the two parties and should be carried out by attorneys who know what to say and how to deal with divorce disputes. Click here to learn more about alimony.

    Reaching a Settlement

    While some divorces cannot be settled between the two spouses and must be taken to court, most divorces are settled out of court. This happens over the course of discussions and negotiations between the two spouses and their legal representatives. It is your attorneys job to try to reach a peaceful settlement that protects your interests and assets.

    Minimize Your Losses

    If you are in the process of dissolving your marriage, you need legal counsel to protect you in the process. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C.’s divorce attorneys are there for you every step of the way.

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