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    • Is New Mexico an Alimony State? Your Guide to Alimony in New Mexico

      Is New Mexico an alimony state? The correct answer is, "yes, it is" and "No, it isn't." First, yes, New Mexico is an alimony state. NMSA sec 40-4-7 states that a court must take jurisdiction over the ...

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    • How to Get a Good Child Custody Arrangement in New Mexico

      How do I get primary custody of my children? This is probably the question I am most frequently asked. Understanding how to navigate your custody case can help you get the best results for you and ...

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    • COVID-19 & Legal News: The Courts & Visitation in New Mexico

      We've now been dealing with COVID-19 for 13 months. As we've seen, certain segments of society have returned to near pre-pandemic normalcy, while other segments remain tediously slow and ill-equipped ...

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    • What Is a Guardian ad Litem? Understanding Guardian ad Litem in NM

      In the 2000 United States Supreme Court case of Troxel v. Granville, which is currently the leading case on the nature of parental rights, the highest Court of the land confirmed that our God-given ...

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    • Child Support in New Mexico – The Other Silent Killer

      Every state is different – And unlike almost every other area of law, statutes related to family law are, for the most part, the unique creations of the various state legislatures. And unlike most ...

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    • Courts Should Reopen for In-Person Hearings – Opinions from a Lawyer

      In March 2020, Governor Lujan Grisham justifiably closed the entire state over concerns due to Covid-19. In July 2021, she fully reopened the state for business. Everything reopened for in-person ...

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    • COVID-19 & Legal News: The Courts & Visitation in New Mexico

      We've now been dealing with COVID-19 for 13 months. As we've seen, certain segments of society have returned to near pre-pandemic normalcy, while other segments remain tediously slow and ill-equipped ...

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    • Court Policies During Covid-19

      This blog serves to inform the New Mexico Public, as well as the clients and friends of Cortez & Hoskovec, LLC as the status of court policies during the public health emergency due to Covid-19. It ...

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    • Understanding Community Property in New Mexico II – The Sequel: Retirement Accounts

      As a companion to my previous blog explaining some of the significant components of community property laws and how they are generally applied in New Mexico, this blog is a deeper dive into ...

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    • Who Gets the House in a New Mexico Divorce?

      I recently received the following message via email regarding a particular divorce proceeding: "Quick Question: What's going to happen with the house?" The question is indeed quick. I'll give them ...

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    • Why You Should Mediate, Rather than Litigate, Your Divorce

      The last time I went to court, both parties were left unhappy. The mother, whom I was representing, received less in child support than she thought she deserved. The father, represented by another ...

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    • So, You Want an Aggressive Attorney?

      My family and I live rurally, so rather than our home being attached to a municipal sewer system, our home has its own septic system. About every year or two, we have to call and have the septic tank ...

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    • Courts Should Reopen for In-Person Hearings – Opinions from a Lawyer

      In March 2020, Governor Lujan Grisham justifiably closed the entire state over concerns due to Covid-19. In July 2021, she fully reopened the state for business. Everything reopened for in-person ...

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    • Why Finding the Right Family Lawyer is Like Hunting Sheep

      If something is very important to you (family law matters), then you should bite the bullet and treat it like it is something very important by hiring a professional. New Mexico has a lottery system ...

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    • Attorney Michelle Cortez Wins Runner-Up for Albuquerque Journal Reader's Choice "Best Divorce Attorney"

      We're thrilled to announce that our very own Michelle Cortez won the first runner-up for the Albuquerque Journal Reader's Choice of "Best Divorce Attorney." At Cortez & Hoskovec, LLC, we understand ...

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    • What Is a Guardian ad Litem? Understanding Guardian ad Litem in NM

      In the 2000 United States Supreme Court case of Troxel v. Granville, which is currently the leading case on the nature of parental rights, the highest Court of the land confirmed that our God-given ...

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    • Why You Need the Right Lawyer Now: Litigation Planning

      People who care about you will tell you to go see a doctor at the first sign of illness. If your car is making a funny noise or a warning light comes on, you should have it looked at before it strands ...

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    • Why You Should Mediate, Rather than Litigate, Your Divorce

      The last time I went to court, both parties were left unhappy. The mother, whom I was representing, received less in child support than she thought she deserved. The father, represented by another ...

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    • What You Need to Know About Parenting Plans (Designing the Best Plan for Your Children)

      A wise client recently asked me, "What is the best parenting plan for children?" It was a refreshing question. In my highly contested custody cases, the children's emotional well-being can be lost in ...

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    • COVID-19 & Legal News: The Courts & Visitation in New Mexico

      We've now been dealing with COVID-19 for 13 months. As we've seen, certain segments of society have returned to near pre-pandemic normalcy, while other segments remain tediously slow and ill-equipped ...

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