Undoubtedly, one of the most serious aspects of any divorce or paternity case is how the Divorce Court (or the parties themselves), will ultimately determine the issue of child custody and visitation. While the path of a child custody case in the Albuquerque courts is fairly predictable, clients get in trouble when they lose sight of the overall importance of custody agreements, especially when their divorce lawyers fail to keep them focused on the impact these decisions will have on the children.
Just like in the medical field, you can hire a second lawyer to give you a second opinion about what is going on in your divorce case, and whether new legal counsel might be appropriate. Remember that just because the court has ruled against you, or the case is not going exactly the way you want it to, does not mean your lawyer is doing a poor Job or needs to be replaced.
A lot of people think they can save money by using online forms and pursuing their divorce without an attorney. If you and your spouse have few assets and no children and you agree on all aspects of your divorce, you might be able to use the online forms successfully.
The only way a lawyer can gain experience with divorce cases is to join a firm that specializes in divorce and family law and helping with the cases or to take continuing legal education courses.
In many divorces, the opposing lawyers send vicious letters back and forth to document that a client is unhappy with a proposed decision or to threaten that action if the spouse and his or her lawyer don’t give in on a certain detail.
Many people think there are dozens of decisions to make in a divorce and that all of the marital assets are “up for grabs” in the divorce process. That is not true. While people picture a 100-yard football field, what we are really dealing with in most divorces is a 10-yard football field. The process is much more narrow and straightforward than most people realize.