In 1968, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act was enacted. This law was aimed at preventing parents without custody from taking their children across state lines to establish custody in another state. This type of forum shopping was […]
While many people in the gay and lesbian community lauded the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a major step forward for same-sex couples, a more nuanced understanding of the ruling suggests that the situation is […]
The prospect of divorce can be a deeply upsetting life change that stirs up a wealth of emotions that include anger, fear, anxiety, resentment, and jealousy just to name a few examples. These emotions can make it tempting […]
Long-term alimony is the most difficult type of alimony to obtain.  This form of spousal maintenance generally is only awarded to marital partners in long-term marriages that are close to twenty years or longer.  When long-term alimony (also […]
An important aspect of settling the financial issues in a divorce involves the gathering of financial information to facilitate division of property and debts as well as the determination of whether some level of alimony is appropriate.  While […]
Many people have heard that there is little benefit to retaining an attorney in a child support case because the outcome will not generally justify the legal fees involved in retaining a child support lawyer. The reasoning behind […]
There are many parents who do not retain legal counsel when facing a paternity action because they presume that such cases are fairly cut and dry. The rationale for this view is that a DNA paternity test will […]
We frequently receive inquiries from grandparents, aunts and uncles or other extended family who inquire about their ability to obtain guardianship of a minor child.  While the New Mexico Kinship Guardianship Act does provide legal authorization and a […]
If you are currently involved in a divorce or have been through a divorce in the past, you probably know that for most spouses the best part of the divorce process is knowing that it is behind them. […]
Our New Mexico Family Law Attorneys at Jay Goodman & Associates are frequently asked about whether it is necessary to retain an attorney when seeking a divorce. Although there are a fair number of people that choose to […]