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Whether it is due to estrangement, infidelity, changes in circumstances, or simply growing apart, divorce is sometimes necessary. Divorce is never pleasant, but at Cortez & Hoskovec, LLC, we are dedicated to making the process as efficient and painless as possible. During this time of transition, we want to help you ease your worries. Backed by decades of experience and client recommendations, our Albuquerque divorce lawyers can provide the honest and aggressive representation you deserve.

Divorce Decree Modifications in New Mexico

Divorce decrees are technically final, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to them if your circumstances (or the circumstances of your former spouse) change. Depending on the circumstances of your divorce, you may be able to change the following elements of your decree:

In order to successfully request a divorce modification, you’ll need to demonstrate why the modification is necessary and file it with the appropriate court. Additionally, you may want to work with a lawyer to ensure your request for a modification moves as smoothly as possible.

Can I Modify Child Custody in New Mexico?

You can modify your child custody agreement if you filed for divorce in New Mexico. However, like any modification, you’ll need to prove to the court that the original decree should be changed. In New Mexico, the law assumes that joint custody is probably the best option for children. However, this doesn’t mean that custody and visitation should be shared equally between parents. Thus, if your circumstances have changed and you wish to modify your custody arrangement, you can petition a request to change it.

Is New Mexico a No-Fault Divorce State?

In New Mexico, you are able to file for a "fault" or "no-fault" divorce. In a fault-based divorce, you may state grounds such as infidelity, cruelty, abandonment, or addiction, as the reason for the breakup. In a no-fault divorce, you only need to state that the marriage has ended with no chance of reconciliation.

Whenever appropriate, we recommend divorce mediation, which is often the solution that is most equitable and least stressful for families. You know your relationships and lifestyle better than anyone else, and by going through mediation, you have the opportunity to clearly voice your wishes and to have control over the final settlement. If your divorce cannot be settled outside of court, however, we won’t hesitate to battle for your rights at trial. We have helped thousands of people through their divorce matters, and we are well-versed in mediation and litigation alike.

Take the first step to protecting your rights and your future. Call (505) 544-5126 for a consultation with a divorce lawyer in Albuquerque.


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