During divorce or separation, child custody is one of, if not the most, difficult arrangements to agree upon. Determining child custody can quickly become contested when parents do not agree upon an arrangement. Child custody lawyer Dorene Kuffer assists parents with sound legal advice as they work to protect their child’s future.
Child Custody Disputes
It’s wise to hire a child custody lawyer separate from that of your spouse to represent you at any and all hearings. Having a skilled Rio Rancho child custody lawyer representing you ensures that your parental rights are not violated and that your wishes and concerns regarding the custody of your child are acknowledged, respected and upheld.
New Mexico child custody law typically favors joint custody in the best interests of the child. That does not mean equal time with the child. The extent to which a parent is granted time under child custody law is determined by factors like:
- Each parent’s mental state.
- Each parent’s financial security.
- Each parent’s health and lifestyle.
- The child’s relationship with each parent.
- The child’s preference (depending on age).
After taking all of these factors into consideration, the judge assigned to your child custody dispute will determine the physical and legal custody arrangements for the parents. Joint legal custody is preferred, but in a rare instance, the judge may order sole custody to one parent.
Rio Rancho Child Custody Lawyer
If you are in the midst of a child custody dispute, do not make any decisions without sound legal advice from an expert in New Mexico child custody law. Attorney Dorene Kuffer operates a child-centered family law firm that always puts your child’s best interests first. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dorene to discuss your case.