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

Divorce Lawyer

A divorce lawyer is an attorney who represents people going through a divorce. To the general public, the words lawyer and attorney mean the same thing and are used interchangeably. Technically, a lawyer is someone who graduated from law school, and an attorney is someone with a law degree who also passed the Bar exam and is licensed to practice law.

If you are thinking about getting divorced or your spouse has already started the process, then you should find a lawyer who focuses his or her practice on divorces. You want someone to explain your option, give advice, and represent you. This attorney should have the legal expertise and real world experience in handling these kinds of cases. You wouldn’t go to an ear doctor if you broke your foot, even though they both went to medical school. Similarly, all lawyers in New Mexico had to graduate from law school and pass the Bar exam to get a license to practice law, but most attorneys concentrate in specific areas of law.

Divorce lawyers are also referred to as a family law attorneys, domestic relations attorneys, matrimonial lawyers, and other names. Such lawyers also handle custody and visitation cases where the parents are not married to each other. They also usually represent clients in domestic violence cases, grandparent visitation or guardianship cases, legal separations, etc. Basically, if the situation involves a family breaking up or raising children, most divorce lawyers can handle it. Note that not all family law attorneys handle adoptions.

Some lawyers who truly focus their practices on divorce, custody and family law matters take the extra steps to obtain recognition for their expertise in this area of law. New Mexico has a Board Certification in Family Law that is only available to attorneys who have been practicing in this field for a certain number of years, take additional Continuing Legal Education courses every year, and have been acknowledged by their peers and judges as being highly competent as a divorce and family law attorney. The application for certification is reviewed by a panel, and not everyone is approved.

There are also national organizations that have their own criteria, and sometimes an exam, for recognizing lawyers who are at the top of the field, such as the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

The bottom line is that you want a lawyer who knows divorce and family law, who has practical experience in representing clients going through a divorce, and who is acknowledged by other lawyers and judges as being at the top of the field. This is your life – why wouldn’t you want the best legal representation you can obtain and afford?

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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.