Three Easy Steps to Change Last Your Name After a Divorce in New Mexico

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Although it is legal to keep your married name after a divorce, many women find that returning to their maiden name is a step toward a fresh start.  It is important that you let your attorney know you would like to change your last name prior to the entry of the final divorce decree, as your attorney will need to include that information in the divorce decree. While you can change your last name after the entry … Read more »

5 Simple Steps to Keep the Holidays Special for your Children After Divorce


Holidays are often filled with joy and excitement for children but can also be a source of pain and sadness when the family is no longer together. Navigating two households during the holidays requires adults to put their own feelings aside and focus on the children first. Here are five simple steps to assist in keeping the holidays special for everyone involved. Start new traditions – This is a big one. This is an opportunity to … Read more »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In honoring the brave individuals who are breaking the cycle of abuse, Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley is partnering with Jenell Pagan, an independent Mary Kay Representative, in sponsoring Halloween pumpkins to be delivered to victims living in local safe houses. These pumpkins are filled with Mary Kay products good for pampering the body and spirit. The hard truth about domestic violence is that every 9 seconds a woman is beaten in … Read more »

Congratulations to Best Team of Family Lawyers in New Mexico


Congratulations to Sandra Morgan Little and Roberta S. Batley for your continued recognition by The Best Lawyers in America.©   Our amazing attorneys were again selected by their peers for inclusion in this top group for their work in Family Law.  This is the 12th consecutive year that Roberta Batley is being recognized and the 25th consecutive year that Sandra Morgan Little has received this honor. Ms. Batley continues to advance the professional field of Family Law … Read more »

Should You Hire A Male or Female Attorney?

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We get this question a lot from potential clients. Possibly because in family law people believe there may be biases associated with various genders or gender roles.  “If she has a female attorney I need a female attorney too, or vice-versa.”  In my experience the decision whether to hire a male or female attorney should be based on anything, but the gender of the attorney.  I have never walked out of a hearing thinking the gender of the … Read more »

New Mexico Women's Bar Award for Supporting Women In Law

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On May 10, 2018, Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, PA, received the New Mexico Women’s Bar Award for Supporting Women in the Law. Why? It’s a long story.   The firm began in 1992, when Jan Gilman-Tepper and Sandra Morgan Little left the firm they had practiced with for many years.   They wanted to establish a firm in which they could provide quality representation to clients while at the same time continue to take care of … Read more »

Tips from a Judge on Finding the Right Attorney


Attorney Randy Powers shares Judge Kass’ perspective regarding effective legal representation. Randy W. Powers, Jr. Esq. Good Divorce Lawyers Tell You Bad News by Honorable Anne Kass. Ann Kass is a District Judge in the Second Judicial District State of New Mexico I have heard people who are thinking about getting a divorce say, “I want the meanest, toughest attorney I can find. I want a fighter.” I always shudder and say that a fighter is … Read more »

Communicating With 3rd Parties About Your Case

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Family law cases can be stressful, and it is extremely common to vent about such frustrations to family members, friends, significant others, co-workers, etcetera. However, we would recommend that you exercise caution, and remember the following before doing so: Your communications are not protected under the attorney-client privilege. Only communications between you and your lawyer are privileged. This means the opposing party could call the person you communicated with as an adverse witness against you. They could … Read more »

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? - Picking and Choosing Your Battles in A Family Law Case

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In a family law case it is always important to try and focus on your larger long term goals. By doing so you will achieve more favorable results in the long run, and avoid unnecessary skirmishes along the way.  You will also avoid more conflict with the opposing party.  This will not only save you attorney fees, but may result in a higher likelihood of settlement. Before rushing to the courthouse you should consider how much is … Read more »

Dating before Your Divorce is Finalized

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It happened. You or your spouse decided it is time to go your separate ways and you are ready to move on.  You suddenly realize you have so much to do now.  Time to update your Facebook relationship status, change your profile picture create a bumble account, swipe left and right for hours on end, and go out with your friends to mingle.  I mean why you shouldn’t date since the paperwork is already started? The … Read more »