When handling a family law matter involving children, it is important to resolve matters quickly and in a way that will affect the children the least. When making child custody and visitation arrangements, parents can often ensure an amicable resolution if they also keep one important thing in mind: do what is in the children's best interests.
At the Albuquerque law firm of Wolf & Fox, P.C., our lawyers know that your children's well-being is your top priority, so we make it ours. We will work hard to settle custody disputes and help you develop a plan that maintains the integrity of your parent-child relationship. We believe in providing you with responsive services as we seek the most desirable outcome for your family.
Physical Custody Versus Legal Custody
In New Mexico, there are generally two aspects of custody that need to be resolved: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody addresses the ability of a parent to make decisions about important aspects of the child's life. This can include: religion, education, health care, extracurricular activities and in which town the child will reside. There is a presumption that joint legal custody is in the best interests of the child, meaning both parents have an equal say in making parenting decisions about those major aspects of a child's life. However, under certain circumstances, the court may award one parent sole legal custody.
Physical custody refers to the time-sharing or visitation arrangement between a child and each parent. This type of custody only determines how much time either parent spends with their child and dictates a schedule in which this happens. At Wolf & Fox, we help our clients in developing a timesharing plan that provides reasonable and well-defined timesharing periods, taking into account the best interests of the child.
Our Role In Your Child Custody Case
Each lawyer at Wolf & Fox has extensive experience handling child custody issues stemming from divorce proceedings, legal separations, paternity concerns, parental relocations and adoptions. We can answer your most simple or challenging questions, including:
- Who will get custody of the children?
- Will paternity factor into the judge's decision regarding time-sharing?
- Who will have to make child support payments?
- What court has the power to make an initial child custody determination?
- What will happen to an arrangement if parents move to different states?
- Who will pay for travel expenses?
Whether you live in the same state as the other parent or in different states or countries, the attorneys at Wolf & Fox can help you make an arrangement that meets your needs and unique living situation. If at any time a custody order cannot be met or there is significant need to change an order, our lawyers can assist you in the process of seeking modification to better meet your needs and the needs of your children.
Get In Touch With Us Today
If you need to establish a custody agreement, enforce a custody order or request modification through the courts, Wolf & Fox is here for you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our Albuquerque office at 505-633-8381 or send us a message online.