Proper Courtroom Etiquette

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It should always be the goal of attorneys and parties in a domestic matter to resolve things outside of the courtroom; however, when efforts to negotiate fail or where one party needs to seek some form of emergency relief, it may be necessary to access the judicial system in order to get the matter resolved.  The following is a list of do’s and don’ts for parties in the courtroom: 1.ALWAYS DRESS APPROPRIATELY The courtroom should always be treated as … Read more »

Howdy Partner!

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We could not be more excited to announce that Randy W. Powers, Jr. is now a partner at our Firm.  “Partner” is a big word and means different things to different people.  Our founding partners, Jan Gilman-Tepper and Sandra Morgan Little, have exemplified that partnership at our Firm means an alignment of core values with a trusted collaborator.  In many traditional Firms, there is a “partnership track” that generally encompasses factors affecting the business end of … Read more »

The Mathematics of Divorce: 6 Steps to a Strong Financial Future After the Divorce is Finalized

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Unfortunately, the dynamics of divorcing means one household will soon become two. Depending on your current lifestyle, this can stretch a budget to its breaking point. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prepare yourself for living on one income. These steps can be tedious and definitely are not fun, but they make a huge difference in preparing you for your future. Step 1: Run your credit report: Running a credit report tells you several things. Read more »

When Going Through a Divorce Focus on the Long Run Decisions

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When going through a divorce case it is extremely easy to get wrapped up in the conflict with your spouse, and engage in every little skirmish.  Throughout the case you will have to constantly weigh how important issues are to you, and whether you want litigate or mediate those issues.  These fights can be extremely costly as you try to minimize attorney fees, and can be even more costly on your mental health.  Unfortunately, I hear … Read more »

Don’t Take the Bait! - Speaking with Your Children About the Details of Your Divorce Case

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How children process your divorce, and whether they have scars as a result of the divorce are things that you can help control.  Child custody research shows that conflict among parents is incredibly harmful to children.  Not the physical separation between parents, but the actual conflict. Perhaps your spouse is telling the children about the specifics of your divorce case.  Your natural reaction would probably be to immediately correct any falsehoods, and tell your version of events.  … Read more »

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

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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

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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

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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 »