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

NM Divorce & Custody Law

Death & Divorce Part 3 – Lump-Sum Alimony and Attorney’s Fees

As if getting a divorce weren’t difficult enough, what happens when one spouse dies before the divorce becomes final?  Part 1 of this series of articles addresses what happens when the deceased spouse died without a Will or Trust.  Part 2 covers situations in which there was a Will and Trust.  Part 3 covers how…

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Death & Divorce Part 2 – Dying With a Will or Trust

As if getting a divorce weren’t difficult enough, what happens when one spouse dies before the divorce becomes final?  Part 1 of this series addresses what happens when the deceased spouse died without a Will or Trust.  Part 2 covers situations in which there was a Will and Trust.  Part 3 covers how to handle…

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Death & Divorce Part 1 – Dying Without a Will or Trust

As if getting a divorce weren’t difficult enough, what happens when one spouse dies before the divorce becomes final?  Part 1 of this series of articles addresses what happens when the deceased spouse dies without a Will or Trust.  Part 2 covers situations in which there was a Will and Trust.  Part 3 covers how…

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What to Expect – Court Clinic

Overview The Second Judicial Court Clinic in Albuquerque is a group of professional family therapists, counselors, psychologists, and social workers who work for the court. They are called Court Clinicians. Court Clinicians sometimes get involved when there are issues relating to when and for how long the children will be in each parent’s care, both on a regular basis…

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What to Expect – The First Meeting with Your Family Law Attorney

Most people feel nervous when meeting with a lawyer, especially when they are also dealing with a major change in their family life. Take a deep breath. I promise I don’t bite. Here’s a little bit about what to expect in our first meeting. Time My initial consultations take about 1 ½ hours on average.…

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What to Expect – Going to Court

If you’ve never been to court before, it can seem scary. I will try to de-mystify the experience and hopefully alleviate your fear. What should I wear? Men should wear a button down shirt, dress slacks and nice shoes. If you wish, you can wear a suit. Dressing properly – like you were going to…

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FAQs – Divorce & Legal Separation

What does “Dissolution of Marriage” mean? “Dissolution of Marriage” is just another way of saying divorce. When two people get divorced, they are dissolving the marriage. Once the judge signs the Final Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, the spouses are no longer married to each other. What is Legal Separation? If the spouses no longer…

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FAQs – Just Got Served?

I was just served with court papers – what do I do now? Take a DEEP breath. Do it again. Find a quiet place, sit down, and read through the papers once to look for the date and time of any court hearing or deadline to file an Answer or responsive pleading. Then read through…

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FAQs – Child Support

How is child support determined in New Mexico? Child support in New Mexico is set by the statute known as the New Mexico Child Support Guidelines. It is a straight forward formula that looks at the gross income (before taxes and withholdings) of both parents, multiplied by the number of children.  The formula tells you…

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FAQs – Custody & Visitation in New Mexico

What’s the difference between custody and visitation? “Custody” addresses whether one or both parents has the power to make decisions about the child whereas “visitation” covers when the child will spends time in each parent’s care. What does “joint custody” mean? Child custody means decision-making power, not when the children spend time with each parent.…

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FAQs – Divorce & The Family Business

When a couple owns a family business, the divorce has to deal with the breakup of both the family and the business. How is the business taken into account in a divorce? If a couple starts a business while married, then the business is community property, even if only one spouse actually worked in the…

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FAQs – Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

When there is recent abusive behavior between a couple – whether physical violence or severe emotional or sexual abuse – you can obtain a restraining order against your spouse or partner under the Family Violence Protection Act.  NMSA §40-13-1 et seq.  It is not necessary to call the police to obtain a restraining order, but…

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FAQs – Paternity Cases

Establishing paternity is very important to a child or children. It provides many emotional benefits for the child or children and legally entitles the children to the same rights as those of a child whose parents are married. What is Paternity? Paternity is the legal status of fatherhood. In New Mexico, this means that a…

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How to Take a Screenshot

Within one of the many email blogs I receive I came across a very interesting organization known as the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). They have a very informative website with easily accessible and downloadable content. I would like to share the following link with my clients and other attorneys, regardless of whether…

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Facebook Privacy Safety

Be safe on Facebook. Facebook seems to be a daily part of most people’s lives nowadays. I don’t think that everyone grasps the potential dangers and just how compromised one’s privacy is while online. Nor do most people understand how controllable it all is, and that with the proper education and precaution, Facebook can be…

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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.