When Should I See a Lawyer?

A new client, I’ll call her “Diane”, asked me the other day, “When is it appropriate to see an attorney if you think you might be headed for a divorce?” She also wondered if coming in to see a lawyer would automatically mean she would get a divorce. Many of our clients ask this question and the answer is whenever you begin to worry that your marriage may not last, this is when you need to know your legal rights and your legal responsibilities. It does NOT mean that just because you interview one lawyer, that your marriage automatically will end in a divorce. In fact, knowing what might be ahead of you, if you and your family go through a divorce might be a very motivating factor to continue to work on your marriage.

Knowledge about what is realistic in a future divorce situation is good not bad. We all have had situations in which had we known what was ahead, we would have done something different. Divorce advice can be very important in building realistic expectations of the future.

Pre-divorce planning is also a tool that can help a client reduce the impact of a divorce in his/her life. If you sense that the marriage may not last much longer, knowing what the long term effects of decisions you are currently making may be, is really smart. Do you buy a new house, boat, car? Do you take a job out of state? Do you seek counseling and what is the goal of the counseling? All of these are important questions and arranging to see a lawyer well in advance of the divorce becoming a reality is an intelligent thing to do and should not be held against you.

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.”

J. A.

“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.”

K. W.

“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.”

E. F.

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Batley Family Law
316 Osuna Road Ne #301
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Email: office@batleyfamilylaw.com
Phone: 505-246-0500