Divorce & Legal Separation Options
We all know people who have gone through a divorce. We have heard the nightmare stories and distressing outcomes. Our divorce lawyer at NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC is experienced in mediation, settlement facilitation and collaborative divorces as well as those that are less amicable and courtroom-bound.
You have choices in how you end your relationship. Not everyone needs to go to court and have the judge decide, which is known as “litigation.” You and your partner have options, including:
- Negotiate an agreement yourself and have a lawyer prepare the legal paperwork
- Use a neutral mediator / settlement facilitator to help you reach an agreement
- Opt out of Court completely by using the Collaborative Law process
Mediation or settlement facilitation is an option seriously worth considering for many couples. You and your partner probably already have a good idea on how you want to divide things and continue to raise your children in the future. If this is true, consider meeting with Ms. Burmester together to learn about her services as a neutral mediator.
Ms. Burmester is trained in Collaborative Law process. She is a member of the International, New Mexico and Albuquerque Practice Groups. She also serves on a committee that is working on improving the collaborative process for clients. This can be the quickest and least expensive way to finalize your divorce or legal separation.
What is the difference between divorce and legal separation in New Mexico?
There is no real difference with the legal steps of getting a full decree of dissolution of marriage or of legal separation. In both instances, the couple identifies and allocates property and debt, decides on custody of the children, calculates child support and determines spousal support.
A person can file for legal separation when there has been a permanent physical separation of the spouses. Being legally separated does not give either party the ability to marry another person as you are technically still married to your spouse. Only through a full decree of dissolution of marriage (divorce), are the spouses able to legally marry another person. Our divorce lawyers can advise you on whether a legal separation or a divorce is appropriate to your situation.
This is your divorce – not your parents’, your friends’, your co-workers’ divorce
This may not be your first divorce. Fortunately, times have changed and people now have more choices to end a marriage or get legally separated. The main ways in which couples get divorced now include:
- Collaborative divorce
- Settlement facilitation / mediation
- Negotiation in the context of litigation
- Litigation – a trial where the judge makes the decisions
As your divorce lawyer, Ms. Burmester can explain how each process works and the steps necessary to hopefully achieve a positive resolution. We want to help you move on in your life and gain a fresh start.
Are you thinking of getting a divorce or filing for legal separation?
If you are thinking of filing for legal separation or getting a divorce, the lawyer at NM Divorce & Custody Law LLC can help. You may currently be physically separated from your spouse, considering separation or feel ready to proceed with a divorce. Either way, Ms. Burmester has the knowledge to take you through the process. She mediates and negotiates on your behalf while protecting your rights, your family, your children and your business. Contact us today and see how we can help.