Child custody disputes affect the entire family. Judges often cannot see the true effects, and neither can attorneys. Unfortunately, police officers often do, when judgments need to be enforced, or when domestic violence and custody disputes come together.
Firm attorney Josh Carpenter worked for years as law enforcement official, and saw firsthand how child custody disputes affect children. Since 2005, our office has worked to resolve child custody disagreements quickly and inexpensively, and has worked to minimize the effects of child custody disputes on children.
Skilled In All Aspects Of Child Custody Law
We are experienced in handling child custody disputes with a variety of attendant issues,including:
- Paternity actions
- The inability of grandparents to visit their grandchildren
- Domestic violence
- Time sharing for the noncustodial parent
- The need to modify existing child custody arrangements
If you are worried about what’s going to happen to your children in a custody dispute, or are interested in initiating a suit, we can help. We can:
- Work with you to create a parenting plan in regard to your divorce or paternity action that fully reflects your child custody and parenting time/visitation goals, and we can advocate for you in court
- Work to modify your existing child custody agreement if you are relocating, if your employment situation has changed, if your child faces school issues, or your child’s other parent is providing an unfit environment (like abusing alcohol or drugs, or is neglecting or abusing your child)
- Work to enforce your grandparents’ rights regarding visitation. Unlike many other states, in New Mexico grandparents can legally petition for visitation. We can help you make sure that you meet the courts’ criteria for granting visitation rights, or help you fight a grandparent petition. The courts examine a number of factors, including any factors relevant to the best interests of the child; the prior interaction between the grandparent and the child; the prior interaction between the grandparent and each parent of the child; the present relationship between the grandparent and each parent of the child; time-sharing or visitation arrangements that were in place prior to filing of the petition; the effect the visitation with the grandparent will have on the child; if the grandparent has any prior convictions for physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect; and, if the grandparent has previously been a full-time caretaker for the child for a significant period.
If you have questions regarding child custody, contact an experienced family law attorney and court-appointed guardian ad litem for a no-charge consultation.
If you have questions about child custody, contact us for answers and experienced legal help. We provide free initial consultations, accept credit cards, charge competitive rates, speak Spanish and are conveniently located next to the courthouse in downtown Albuquerque in the Bank of the West building at 500 Marquette. Call us at 505-243-0065 or contact us online.