Albuquerque Same-Sex Family Law Attorney

Same-sex couples experience virtually the same legal problems that straight couples do, but it is not always clear where their rights begin and end. New Mexico does not allow same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships. This leaves the approximately 10,000 same-sex couples in the state unsure about their rights. Meanwhile, same-sex couples in committed relationships must resolve legal matters by other means. At Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A., same-sex couples have a source of information, advocacy and representation in a full array of family law-related legal matters. Contact us to discuss your legal issues related to the following common family law matters:

Family Matters That Affect Many Same-Sex Partners

  • Domestic violence: Protect yourself from physical or emotional abuse — or protect yourself from unfounded accusations of domestic violence if you have been named in a complaint or restraining order without justification.
  • Grandparents' rights: Whether you are in a same-sex relationship and seek legal advice regarding visitation rights with your grandchildren, or you have legal concerns regarding a grandchild being raised by a same-sex couple, talk to an attorney at one of New Mexico's most notable family law firms. We can help you identify and pursue solutions that are right for your family.
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: Since same-sex couples do not have the option of marrying in New Mexico, some wisely choose to craft domestic partnership agreements , similar in nature to prenuptial agreements for engaged couples. Domestic partnership agreements can include issues such as property division and support (similar to spousal support) in the event the relationship dissolves. Mr. Nicol helps gay and lesbian couples establish domestic partnership agreements.
  • Special needs children: Parents of children with special needs can get solid advice and reliable answers at our law firm regarding child support, child custody, child visitation, health insurance and more.

Dissolving A Same-Sex Domestic Partnership Agreement: Divorce-Related Topics For Same-Sex Couples

  • Asset/debt division and business valuation: Whether you are planning to create a domestic partnership agreement or apply terms of an existing one as you are separating from a same-sex partner, our law firm can offer valuable guidance.
  • Child support and child custody: Discuss your concerns regarding co-parenting with a same-sex partner following a divorce, or about what will happen with the children in light of a separation from a same-sex partner. We can help.
  • Collaborative divorce: Dissolving a domestic partnership is not the same as a divorce, but when significant property or child custody issues are involved, a process similar to collaborative divorce may be the best way forward.
  • Relocation and modification: Are you co-parenting with a same-sex partner and seek to relocate with your child? If there are potential conflicts with the biological mother or father, know your rights and how to craft a workable solution for your family. In addition to these, Mr. Nicol can review employment contracts and ensure you are working in a healthy environment. He can help bring legal action in cases of complaints about sexual orientation discrimination.

Do you need help with same-sex partnership divorce-related or child custody issues? Do you have questions? Call the Albuquerque same-sex family law attorneys at Atkinson & Kelsey at 505-796-6238 or write us using this online form.