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Call us at: (505) 881-2566
2727 San Pedro NE • Suite 114 • Albuquerque, NM 87110

Mary Ann R. Burmester

Real Results for Real Families

img_FirmProfileMary Ann R. Burmester has been a lawyer for more than 25 years. She’s also been divorced twice (once with custody issues and once without). With this experience, she brings extensive professional and practical experience to your divorce or custody concerns. Born and raised on Long Island, NY, she moved to New Mexico in 1989 shortly after graduating from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1987.

Ms. Burmester practices state-wide in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody and support, property and debt division, alimony, enforcement or modification of orders and domestic violence restraining orders. She earned a Masters of Gerontology in 2007 from Webster University and with this degree helps grandparents with custody cases and couples age 50+ going through divorce (“divorce in the golden years”).

Prior to opening NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC, Ms. Burmester was a partner and shareholder of Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A. Before that, she was the Deputy Litigation Director and Managing Attorney (Las Vegas, NM office) of New Mexico Legal Aid. She served as the Managing Attorney of the Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program (LREP) and the Director of the Public & Legal Services Department of the State Bar of New Mexico, during which time she earned her M.A. in Gerontology. From 1997-2005, she had her own firm, Baker-Randall & Associates, which served family law clients throughout the state.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2014 to present
  • Family Law, Supreme Court of New Mexico – Board of Legal Specialization, 2000-2005 and 2011 to present
  • Family Law, NITA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 2012

Published Works

  • “Developing Trends in Non-Parent Custody and Visitation Cases”, American Bar Association’s GP Solo Magazine, Oct/Nov, 2001
  • “Dividing Federal Employee Retirement Benefits for Divorcing Spouses”, American Bar Association’s GPSolo Magazine, July/August, 2000
  • “Custody and Timesharing”, Bridges Magazine, June/July, 2000
  • “The Parental Relationship After The Divorce: Communicating and Cooperating With Your Ex-Spouse”, Parenting New Mexico Magazine, June, 2000
  • “Child Support – Facts & Myths”, Parenting New Mexico Magazine, May, 2000
  • “Custody & Timesharing”, Parenting New Mexico Magazine, April, 2000
  • “Child Support and Disabled Children”, Bridges Magazine, March/April, 2000
  • “Children’s Reactions to Divorce – Short and Long Term Effects”, Parenting New Mexico Magazine, March, 2000

Classes / Seminars – samples of trainings taught

  • Business Valuations, Annual Family Law Retreat, Denver, CO, 2013
  • Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form, NBI, Albuquerque, NM, 2013
  • QDRO Basics, NM Legal Aid, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, “Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements: What’s Love Got to Do With It?”, State Bar of New Mexico CLE at Sea, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Co-Adjunct Professor, Family Law Drafting, UNM Law School, 2012
  • “Rule 123 Financial Disclosures and Miscellaneous Judicial Procedures/Preferences”, Annual Family Law Retreat, Chicago, IL, 2012
  • Panel Speaker, “Boomer Concerns: The Health Care Gap, Long Term Care, and Financial Concerns Later in Life”, Family Law Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 2011
  • QDRO Basics, DNA People’s Legal Services Annual Conference, Ganado, AZ, Conducted CLE, 2010
  • “The Human Tsunami: How the Baby Boomers Will Impact Legal Services”, Equal Access to Justice Conference, Minneapolis, MN , 2008
  • The Resource Center Training, Santa Fe, NM, Aging & Long-Term Services Dept. (Jan.), 2007 – 2008
  • “Powers of Attorney and Adult Guardianship”, National Home & Community-Based Services Conference, Albuquerque, NM , 2007
  • Presented CLE on Bankruptcy and Elders, State Bar Annual Convention, Ruidoso, NM, 2007
  • Conducted Training on Elder Abuse, NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Albuquerque, NM, 2007
  • Conducting Training on Powers of Attorney and Adult Guardianship, Aging Network Training (ANTs), Taos, NM (April), 2007 and Albuquerque, NM (Nov) 2007
  • Conducted Training on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Conference, Santa Fe, NM, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • NM Business Weekly’s “Women of Influence” Honoree , 2012
  • NM Aging & Long-Term Services Department’s “Public Service Award”, Lawyer Referral for the Elderly Program, 2008
  • Recipient of First Annual NM Business Weekly “40 Under 40” Award, 2000
  • Recipient of First Annual UNM Anderson Schools of Business “Up & Comers” Award, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • American Bar Associates, Family Law and Solo Small Firm Sections
  • Collaborative Law, International, New Mexico, and Albuquerque Practice Groups, Member, 2011-Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Elder Law Section, Chair for 2015, Member of the Board of Directors 2007 – 2015
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Family Law Section Chair for 2015 and Member of the Board of Directors 2012 – present.
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Bridge the Gap Mentor, 2012 & 2014
  • Tri-County Family Justice Center, Board of Directors, Domestic Violence Service Provider, 2010-2011
  • New Mexico Women’s Bar Association, Past President, 2003 and Board Member, 1998-2003.
  • State Bar of New Mexico, Member, Committee on Women and the Legal Profession
  • Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Member and volunteer Ambassador 2015 – Present.

Select Pro Bono Activities

  • NM 2nd Judicial District Court – Peter H. Johnstone Pro Se Day volunteer mediator for divorce and custody cases
  • NM 13th Judicial District – Court Clinic for Pro Se Parties

Contact Mary Ann R. Burmester

If you are looking for a family law attorney with professional and common sense experience helping families in New Mexico, look no further. Mary Ann and her team are dedicated to helping you resolve your family legal issues whether it is divorce, custody, or pre-marital legal counseling. Contact us today.

Call 505-881-2566 to schedule an appointment with an attorney at NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC today.
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The attorneys at New Mexico Divorce & Custody, LLC help families in the Greater Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas as well as all over New Mexico, no matter the county you live in. NM Divorce & Custody Law, LLC helps New Mexicans in all 33 counties, including Bernalillo, Catron, Chavez, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, Sandoval, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union and Valencia

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I appreciate everything Mary Ann and her team have done for my children, and myself, which entailed so much. Everyone’s support was wonderful, and so needed, during such a brutal, emotional, and heartbreaking time.   M.F.
2017-03-31T16:04:38+00:00
I appreciate everything Mary Ann and her team have done for my children, and myself, which entailed so much. Everyone’s support was wonderful, and so needed, during such a brutal, emotional, and heartbreaking time.   M.F.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your representation. I can’t tell you how confident and comfortable I felt having you represent me and the peace of mind that brought was worth more than I could...
2017-03-31T16:22:11+00:00
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your representation. I can’t tell you how confident and comfortable I felt having you represent me and the peace of mind that brought was worth more than I could have imagined.  I never once felt that you were working without my best interests in mind and contrary to my ex-husband’s experience, the expenses incurred were reasonable and fair, and I believe you were diligent about not incurring additional costs unless they were absolutely necessary.   A.N.

The day I walked into your office I did not believe that my life would take such a toil on my life, the fact and promise you made that you would never leave my side at any point even when...
2017-04-03T10:55:47+00:00
The day I walked into your office I did not believe that my life would take such a toil on my life, the fact and promise you made that you would never leave my side at any point even when I just couldn’t find the strength to open emails because it was so painful to read has defined a new beginning for me.  I am back in NM and I will never look back thinking that he got the best of me, because you kept your promise to me and because I am doing it; I am living life again!D.A. D.A.

Going through a divorce is an agonizing process, the emotional distress was overwhelming at times and the financial implications only exacerbated my anxiety. On top of that I had to hire a lawyer and hope that they would be professional,...
2017-04-03T10:56:15+00:00
Going through a divorce is an agonizing process, the emotional distress was overwhelming at times and the financial implications only exacerbated my anxiety. On top of that I had to hire a lawyer and hope that they would be professional, reliable and honest. I found that at NM Divorce & Custody and can’t express how fortunate I felt to have had Mary Ann Burmester’s representation in what I thought was going to be a quick divorce. Mary Ann is sharp, knowledgeable and honest. She gave me recommendations that I felt comfortable in taking and I never felt her representation didn’t have my best interests in mind. Mary Ann was an excellent advocate when my husband’s lawyer was requesting things from me that were completely unnecessary and had no purpose other than escalating expenses. She and her team were on top of things from day one, leaving me no doubt I’d made the right choice. I’d recommend them to absolutely anyone. A.B.

I want to give NM Custody & Divorce LLC a HUGE THANK YOU, for your professionalism, but most of all your patience and kindness. My experience with your firm was amazing start to finish, in such a difficult time in...
2017-04-03T10:56:42+00:00
I want to give NM Custody & Divorce LLC a HUGE THANK YOU, for your professionalism, but most of all your patience and kindness. My experience with your firm was amazing start to finish, in such a difficult time in my life, your team made me feel supported not just legally but with your concern. Ms. Burmester is an amazing women and attorney her and your firm have my highest recommendation!!   C.S.