Getting Ready for a Child: Legal Adoption in New Mexico

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Welcoming a new member into your family requires a lot of preparation. If you are a New Mexico resident thinking about adoption, an attorney could help you a great deal during this process. Below is what you should expect once you decide to adopt a child in New Mexico. 

Licensing

The State of New Mexico, under the Children, Youth and Families Department (hereafter referred to as the department), will conduct a home study to determine if your home or family can accommodate a new member. Typically, they identify your strengths as a prospective adoptive family. They also evaluate your ability and willingness to create a safe and conducive environment for the child.

Social Media and Divorce: What Not to Do and Why

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The emotional stress caused by divorce prompts many to turn to friends and family for support. However, in today’s digital age, social media is a popular way for people to reach out to their support group. Unfortunately, social media can be harmful, and in many cases, the cause of divorce itself. Once you post something, there’s no going back.

While social media is a useful tool to connect to others, if you’re currently going through a divorce, it’s best you refrain from posting your woes on social media. Here’s an overview of what not to do, and why.

Anything You Say Can, and May, Be Used Against You

How to Maintain Parent-Child Relationship During a Divorce

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Family — Albuquerque, NM — Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLCA strong parent-child relationship is necessary for the emotional, social, and physical development of a child. Unfortunately, this relationship often breaks down during a divorce. Below are some measures to help you maintain your relationship with your child during a divorce.

Minimize Conflict

Conflicts between parents affect the parent-child relationship. For example, the child might view one parent as the antagonist and the other as the victim. In that case, the child’s relationship with the perceived antagonist might suffer.

Minimize conflict during your divorce to avoid such effects. Here are some helpful tips:

Divorcing a Spouse With Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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The root cause of divorce for couples varies widely. From infidelity to financial distress, there are many reasons why couples choose to end their marriages. Another common problem for married couples is personality disorders.

Those with personality disorders, specifically Narcissistic Personality Disorder, can have a difficult time maintaining a marital relationship, though this is not the case for everyone. Some people with NPD can seek help with their personality disorders and have a happy marriage. Sadly, others cannot.

Read on to see some information on NPD and how it can impact your divorce if your spouse deals with this personality disorder.

Dividing Property During Divorce

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Before the court can grant a divorce request, couples are required to divide their assets and debts. Because of this, if you’re going through a divorce, you must understand how property is divided. Here are some factors that affect the division of property during divorce.

Applicable Laws

The first thing you need to consider when dividing property during a divorce is the applicable laws. If you reside in a community property state, the court will presume that any assets acquired during the marriage should be shared equally between the spouses. This means marital property is split evenly. However, in such cases, you can request the court to award separate property to you if it was property that you acquired before the marriage and you kept it separate during the marriage.

If you reside in an equitable distribution state, the court will divide property fairly between the spouses. This doesn’t necessarily mean a 50/50 split. The court categorizes property as either marital or separate before awarding portions to either spouse. You need to prove ownership of a separate property with receipts or any other admissible evidence.

Dividing Retirement Benefits in a New Mexico Divorce

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Property division is a critical and often divisive process during a divorce. Some properties, such as marital homes, businesses, and retirement accounts, require special treatment during a divorce. Below are some things you should know if you are divorcing and have retirement benefits in New Mexico.

Community Property Laws Apply

The first thing to note is that New Mexico follows community property laws. In a community property state, assets you acquire before the marriage are separate property. Assets you acquire during your marriage are community property. If you divorce, you divide the community properties, and each person keeps their separate property.
Retirement benefits are subject to property division laws. Thus, you will divide the benefits you accrued during the marriage and keep the ones you accrued before the marriage.

Decisions You Face as a Prospective Adoptive Parent

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Mother and Child — Albuquerque, NM — Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLCAdopting a child or sibling set is a significant decision that will change your family’s lives forever, as well as the life of your new child. If you’re thinking about adopting from your own country — in this case, the US — you have a lot of steps to go through, but the result can be a marvelous reward. Today, let’s take a look at some of the decisions you’ll have to make in the process of adopting a child.

Newborn or Older Child Adoption

One of the first choices you’ll face as a prospective adoptive parent is whether you want to look for a newborn or adopt an older child. Each choice comes with a unique set of joys and potential challenges. Your adoptive son or daughter will likely experience emotional turmoil when they understand the circumstances of their adoption, so you will have to prepare for difficult conversations when they’re old enough.

Tips to Help You Avoid a Contested Divorce

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Avoid a Contested Divorce — Albuquerque, NM — Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLCIf you can’t resolve your divorce issues with your spouse, then the judge will resolve them for you. Such a contested divorce shouldn’t be your first option — there are better ways to divorce. Below are some tips to help you avoid a contested divorce.

Understand the Repercussions

The first tip is to understand the cons of a contested divorce. The understanding may motivate you to avoid a contest. For example, you should understand that a contest is likely to:

Could Divorce Mediation Be Right for You?

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Divorce Counselors — Albuquerque, NM — Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLCEnding a marriage is nearly always a difficult time. Unfortunately, the process of getting a legal divorce can make things even more challenging. If you dread the thought (or expense) of hashing out your divorce in a courtroom, mediation may be the answer you need.

What is mediation and who can benefit the most from it? How can you prepare for mediation? And how can you decide if it’s right for you? Here are a few important answers.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Top Factors That Determine Visitation Schedules

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Mother and Daughter — Albuquerque, NM — Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLCDo you need to set up a visitation schedule for your children? If you can’t agree on a visitation schedule, the court will have to step in and create one. Below are some of the factors the court will use to create the schedule.

The Child’s Age

The child’s age matters for two main reasons. First, some parents exclusively breastfeed their babies during the first few months after delivery. If the mother has elected exclusive breastfeeding, then the other parent cannot stay with the child for too long. In such a case, the visiting schedule must not interfere with the infant’s feeding habits.

Secondly, courts may consider the opinion of older children to determine a reasonable visitation schedule.