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Child custody considerations in a military divorce

Military families in New Mexico face unique challenges not faced by civilians. Deployment and frequent relocation can take a toll, and for some, divorce results. If the couple has children, this means that they will enter into a child custody and visitation agreement.

Unpacking divorce mediation myths

Despite it being a viable way to settle a divorce out-of-court, some individuals in Albuquerque may be reluctant to participate in divorce mediation. However, if they can look past their misgivings and consider the positive aspects of divorce mediation, they may find it is the right choice for them.

What types of alimony might a New Mexico court award?

Couples in New Mexico going through a divorce often have many disagreements, especially where money is involved. One often contentious issue that comes up when a couple in New Mexico goes through a divorce is that of spousal support, also known as alimony. Per New Mexico statutes, there are several types of alimony a court in New Mexico may award: rehabilitative, transitional and indefinite. Alimony may also be paid in a single sum, either all at once or in installments.

Bill addressing grandparent custody introduced

For a variety of reasons, there are many grandparents in Albuquerque and nationwide who are raising their grandchildren. In fact, according to one source grandparents are caring for around 2.6 million children in our nation. While sometimes this is done when both of the child's parents passed away before the child is grown, other times it is done because the child's parents are unfit to care for the child. For example, grandparent custody may be the best choice if the child's parents are addicted to drugs. Opioids and heroin in particular are two drugs which are seeing an upsurge in use across the nation. Moreover, two out of every five children currently being cared for by foster parents were taken out of their homes because their parents were abusing drugs.