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What to consider before a New Mexico divorce

The decision to file for a divorce is never something to be taken lightly. It might be that you have spent years considering whether to take action, and you are finally in a position where you feel ready to move forward. However, before filing for divorce, make sure that you have paid particular attention to financial as well as emotional factors.

Divorce can have the power to change every aspect of your life, for better and for worse. Therefore, you must research state laws and plan for every possible scenario. The following are some of the key things you should consider before filing for divorce in New Mexico.

The impact on your kids

As a parent, you should always try to act in the best interests of your children. You may feel reluctant to get a divorce if you are a parent, or feel that doing so would be selfish. However, this is not necessarily the case. Children tend to be happiest when their parents are happy. Staying in a toxic relationship for the sake of your children could be detrimental to their well-being.

You should also consider child custody laws and how they are likely to affect you. In New Mexico, child custody decisions on children under the age of 14 are based on what is considered to be in the best interests of your child.

The financial implications

It is important to acknowledge that New Mexico is a community property state. This means that any assets or debts considered to be marital property will be subject to an equal split between spouses at divorce. While this can be a good or bad thing depending on your financial circumstances, it does make the process relatively predictable, so you will be able to plan for the most likely outcome of your divorce.

Taking the time to heal

Even if you know that you are ready for divorce, you will probably need to take the time to grieve and to heal. Allow yourself time and space for this, and don't assume that the road will be easy.

Early planning ahead for any divorce can increase the chances of a successful result. Try to take action as soon as possible if you want to end your marriage.

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