CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER SERVING NEW MEXICO
As child custody lawyers serving New Mexico since 1993, the team at Batley Family Law understands what’s at stake in a custody case. We take a multidisciplinary approach to find the right resolution for your family.
When parents are unable to work together to develop an appropriate parenting plan, we have the experience and sensitivity to successfully litigate to achieve your objectives.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHILD CUSTODY IN NEW MEXICO
Courts allocate both legal and physical custody between parents in custody cases.
Legal Custody: Legal custody refers to the ability of parents to make major decisions about their child’s life (medical, educational, religious, extracurricular activities, residence, etc.).
Physical Custody: Physical custody decisions refer to the child’s living arrangements, primary residence, and the schedule of when each parent will have direct supervision of the child.
Whenever possible, the New Mexico courts prefer to award joint legal custody, with both parents making joint decisions. However, shared legal custody does not necessarily mean that a child spends an equal amount of time with each parent.
If a judge finds joint custody inappropriate, the court will award sole physical custody to one parent as the primary caretaker (custodial parent). In most cases, the non-custodial parent receives visitation rights (sometimes referred to as time sharing) and may also share legal custody.
WHAT FACTORS CAN AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF A CHILD CUSTODY CASE?
Several variables affect the outcome in child custody cases. In New Mexico, the courts consider many factors, including:
- The child’s best interests
- The wishes of both parents
- The child’s current living situation
- The general relationship between the parents (Can they communicate amicably? Any history of substance abuse or domestic abuse?)
- Mental and physical health of all parties
- The child’s personal preference (for those over 14)
- The quality of the relationships between children, parents, and siblings
- The child’s level of emotional well-being and social adjustment
- Each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s financial needs
- The willingness of each parent to accept childcare responsibilities
- The geographic distance between parents
If the parents can’t reach a mutual agreement, custody will most-likely become more complex, expensive, and time-consuming to resolve. The court may appoint a separate attorney or social worker to serve as Guardian ad Litem to protect the child’s best interests.
PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS SERVING NM
At Batley Family Law, our experience with complex child custody cases in New Mexico allows us to champion your interests effectively throughout the process. We focus our practice solely on family law matters to provide our clients with dedicated service.
What Our Clients Say
“Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
I had a great experience at Batley Family Law. They assisted me with my case. They were excellent and ensured that my case was handled as efficiently as possible and always made me feel informed. This firm helped me through a stressful time. Would absolutely recommend this law firm.”
“Thanks for everything yesterday! I had a very informative and meaningful consultation with Batley Family Law. I can tell that they are compassionate and strong which I admire in a law firm. Their firm has written a great book on New Mexico Divorce Law and they had recommendations for books to help my kids in this process! Thanks for the great gifts as well. I look forward to working with them in the process that lies ahead.”
Bobbie Batley is unquestionably the top family lawyer in New Mexico, largely because of the amazing team she leads. This firm cares about their clients, and puts those needs out front. I will never hesitate to refer to this firm!”
“Batley Family Law is an excellent place to work. I enjoy coming in everyday. It is clear to see how much our attorneys value New Mexican families. They work their hardest to advocate for their clients on a daily basis.”
“Batley Family Law provided me with excellent advice and service to effectively and efficiently resolve an issue with my best interests in mind. They did this with a great deal of compassion. I would highly recommend this firm.”