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Divorce and Family Law

  1. 1. DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW Presented by Jay Goodman, Esq. -of- Jay Goodman and Associates, Law Firm, a Professional Corporation Web: www.jaygoodman.com Email: Jay@jaygoodman.com 2019 Galisteo, Suite C-3 Tel: 505. 989.8117 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505. 989.3440
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>What is important to the audience to hear about? Hopes, Fears, Aspirations, Substantive and Procedural Legal Information? </li></ul><ul><li>General Considerations and Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Procedural Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation </li></ul><ul><li>Court Room Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Is an Attorney necessary? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Relevant Issues in Most Divorces Identification and distribution of property and debts Child Custody Child Support Spousal Support Name Change Division of Retirement Funds
  4. 4. Available Sources and Forms <ul><li>Compilations </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Pertinent Sections of New Mexico Statutes </li></ul><ul><li>New Mexico Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Court Websites </li></ul>
  5. 5. Grounds for Divorce <ul><li>Explanation of Incompatibility </li></ul><ul><li>Other statutory grounds </li></ul>
  6. 6. Community and Separate Property Debts and Property <ul><li>Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Unreasonable Debt Considerations </li></ul>
  7. 7. Child Issues in Divorce and Paternity Cases <ul><li>Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presumptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinctions between Legal and Physical Custody </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for and contents of a Parenting Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Child Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items included (medical, education, daycare, special considerations and possibly activities) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Amounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How determined </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Special Considerations <ul><li>Requirements or differences, as well as similarities, regarding Paternity cases. </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Procedural Issues <ul><li>Filing and Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temporary Domestic Orders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Response and Counter-Petitions/Motions </li></ul><ul><li>Non-response by party </li></ul><ul><li>Accumulation and disclosure of financial (including income) and asset/debt information and documentation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Procedural Issues <ul><li>Obtaining a hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Financial assistance during divorce </li></ul><ul><li>Visitation and custody issues during divorce </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse situations (spousal and child): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic violence remedies/distinctions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Violations of Court Orders or filed agreements by a party </li></ul>
  11. 11. Procedural Issues <ul><li>Modification of Orders or Agreements during or after the divorce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corrections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supplemental pleadings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finality of certain categories (property, no alimony, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Evolution” of child custody and child support orders – material or significant change of circumstances, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Time lines </li></ul>
  12. 12. Mediation <ul><li>Explaining the requirement process </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is Mediation?
  14. 14. When and why do you have to mediate?
  15. 15. Options as to mediators <ul><li>Family Services </li></ul><ul><li>Private mediators </li></ul><ul><li>Counsel </li></ul><ul><li>Pro se agreements </li></ul>
  16. 16. How to develop a Parenting Plan
  17. 17. Pitfalls of the Mediation Process
  18. 18. What if we can’t agree? <ul><li>Next steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Priority Consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory Consultation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Court Determination at Trial </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Courtroom Behavior <ul><li>Dress: Proper attire </li></ul><ul><li>Courtroom protocol: How to address the Court </li></ul><ul><li>Hearsay: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The need to bring witnesses </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Is an attorney necessary? <ul><li>Assumption that you know the law and are held responsible for such knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation of the availability of forms from Family Court Services </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation of the limitation of Courthouse staff to assist </li></ul><ul><li>Reference to the sources of information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case law, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Is an attorney necessary <ul><li>Special consideration which may require professional assistance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intricate finances; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic problems regarding custody; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overt or suspected abuse; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inability of spouse to support him/herself, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concept of varying levels of professional assistance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mediator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviewer </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Possibility of Collaborative Divorce <ul><li>Explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Can it work for you? </li></ul>
  23. 23. THANK YOU! Presented by Jay Goodman -of- Jay Goodman and Associates, Law Firm, P.C. 2019 Galisteo, Suite C-3 Tel: 505. 989.8117 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Fax: 505. 989.3440