As a member of the LGBT community in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, you have unique needs when it comes to family law. Naturally, it's important to work with an attorney who is familiar with the complexity of LGBT family law and able to handle your case with the attention and care it deserves. We offer many services to the LGBT community in Rio Rancho, including divorce, child custody, pre-and post-wedding agreements and second parent adoptions.
Domestic Partnership Agreements and Dissolution
The State of New Mexico doesn't legally recognize domestic partnerships. However, you can still have an agreement created that meets your needs based on the laws currently in place. A domestic partnership agreement covers things like property and asset ownership and division. This is the route some people choose when they have decided not to marry but want formal arrangements in place should something happen.
There may come a time when you and your domestic partner no longer want your agreement to be in effect. Proper dissolution is necessary to ensure that both you and your partner can move on without any worry about the agreement you both signed.
Pre and Post-nuptial Agreements
A pre-nuptial agreement spells out the rights and responsibilities of each spouse if the marriage ends in divorce or upon one spouse’s death. It can also cover spousal support and property division, but not child support or child custody matters in New Mexico. In order for this agreement to be valid, it must comply with state laws. While pre-nups are often thought of as something couples who intend to divorce one day do, in reality, it can provide financial stability and security during the marriage. Should the marriage happen to end in divorce, it can make that process easier and allow you and your spouse to stay in control as opposed to having a judge decide for you.
The less commonly-known post-nuptial agreement covers the same bases as a pre-nuptial agreement; it's just something you enter into after you and your partner are already married. If you have concerns about the future or just want to make sure something like a family business interest is protected, this type of agreement may work for you.
An LGBT divorce can become complicated, with many important decisions to make that will impact your financial and personal future. It's important to have experienced legal help on your side so you can complete your divorce in the least acrimonious way possible while protecting all your rights and interests.
With a second-parent adoption, your partner can legally adopt your children without you losing any of your rights as a parent. This gives your partner the same legal rights to your children as a biological parent would have and is a great way to help protect your family in the event something unexpected happens.
Parenting Plans and Child Custody
Parenting plans are an inherent part of the child custody process as they detail how the children will spend time with you and your partner if your relationship ends. It's important to create a plan that is in the best interests of your children and allows you time with them. We can help you work with your ex-spouse or ex-partner to create a plan that works for everyone involved.
Life happens, and you need to be prepared. Wills, trusts and other estate planning documents can help protect your family financially if you or your spouse pass away, but only if they are created and executed properly. We can help you and your spouse create an estate plan that meets all your needs.