Taxes-from Chapter 14-Divorce in New Mexico

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A number of tax issues may arise in your divorce. Your attorney may not be able to answer all of your tax questions, so consulting your accountant or tax advisor for additional advice might be necessary. Taxes are an important consideration in both settlement negotiations and trial preparation. They should not be overlooked. Taxes can impact many of your decisions, including those regarding alimony, division of property, and the receipt of benefits. It is important to know … Read more »

Division of Debts-From Chapter 13-Divorce in New Mexico

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Throughout a marriage, most couples will have disagreements about money from time to time. You might think extra money should be spent on a family vacation, but your spouse might insist it should be saved for your retirement. You might think it’s time to finally buy a new car, but your spouse thinks you driving the ten-year-old van for two more years is a better idea. If you and your spouse had different philosophies about saving and … Read more »

The First Legal Steps To Divorce

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Here is some information and a handy checklist to help you set goals and think about options as you move forward with your divorce – and life. By Henry Gornbein, Esq. October 15, 2015 When you build a house, it all starts with the foundation. In divorce, the foundation is the initial complaint or document putting your spouse on notice that you want a divorce. In some states and provinces, the parties must reside separately and apart for … Read more »

Benefits: Insurance, Retirement, and Pensions-from Chapter 12-Divorce in New Mexico

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During your marriage, you might have taken certain employment benefits for granted. You might not have given much thought each month to having insurance through your spouse’s work. When you find yourself in a divorce, suddenly these benefits come to the forefront of your mind.You might also, even unconsciously, have seen your own employment retirement benefits as belonging to you and not to your spouse and referred to “my” 401(k) or “my” pension. After all, you are the … Read more »

Division of Property-from Chapter 11-Divorce in New Mexico

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You never imagined that you would face losing the house you and your spouse so happily moved into—the house where you celebrated family traditions and that you spent countless hours making “home.” Your spouse wants it and your lawyer says it might have to be sold. During a divorce, you will decide whether you or your spouse will take ownership of everything from bathroom towels to the stock portfolio. Suddenly you find yourself having a strong attachment to … Read more »

Spousal Support-from Chapter 10-Divorce in New Mexico

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The mere mention of the words alimony or spousal support might stir your emotions and start your stomach churning. If your spouse has filed for divorce and is seeking alimony, you might see it as a double injustice—your marriage is ending and you feel like you have to pay for it, too. If you are seeking spousal support, you might feel hurt and confused that your spouse is resistant to helping support you, even though you may have … Read more »

Center Offers Support for Grieving Children, Families

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By Ali Stratton / Journal Staff Writer Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 12:02am  — Haley Flannagan, 14, and grandmother Betsey Stilson-Neil listens as their brother and grandson, Charlie Oldfield, 13, talks about the grieving process after the children’s mother and Betsey’s daughter died. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal) ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Charlie Oldfield snuggled up on the couch next to his mother one night in March 2012. When he woke the next morning, she felt cold. He tried to … Read more »

Child Support-from Chapter 9-Divorce in New Mexico

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Whether you will be paying or receiving child support, it is often the subject of much worry. Will you receive enough support to take care of your children? Will you have enough money to live on after you pay your child support? How will you make ends meet? Most parents want to provide for their children. Today, child-support laws make it possible for parents to have a better understanding of their obligation to support their children. The mechanisms … Read more »

Child Custody-from Chapter 8-Divorce in New Mexico

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Ever since you and your spouse began talking about divorce, chances are your children have been your greatest concern. You or your spouse might have postponed the decision to seek divorce because of concern about the impact on your children. Now that the time has come, you might still have doubts about whether or not your children will be all right after the divorce. Remember that you have been making wise and loving decisions for your children … Read more »

Emergency: When You Fear Your Spouse-from Chapter 7-Divorce in New Mexico

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Divorce can be very emotional and may cause even the most rational people to act in inappropriate ways. People often panic over the thought of losing their family or their financial stability. If a situation was already volatile, divorce also can be the final straw for many people. It is not unusual for people to make threats, to steal money, to destroy property, or to hide children from the other parent. When facing such emergencies, attempt to remain … Read more »