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The best piece of advice we give clients at Atkinson & Kelsey for saving time and money is to become educated.
The divorce process can be long, but the more you know about it, the better off you will be. The more information you can gather and the more you have at your fingertips, the better off you’ll be.
For example, let’s say a client that comes in and his wife has managed all of the money in the marriage, and he doesn’t have any idea what she makes. He knows what he makes, but he doesn’t really know what comes into the home. He doesn’t know what goes out; he doesn’t know what the credit card debts are. He doesn’t know what her student loans are. He signs off on tax returns, but never really pays any attention to them. It’s going to take this client a lot longer to get through the divorce process because he’s going to have to educate himself first.
Do as much information gathering as you can about the divorce process in New Mexico, about your community assets, and about your marriage – especially the financial portion of the marriage. The more you do in advance or through the divorce process by gathering that information and educating yourself, as well as providing information to your attorney, the more you will save yourself a tremendous amount of time and money.
Tatiana D. Engelmann is an Associate Attorney at Atkinson & Kelsey, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2004, and currently focuses her practice in family law, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support and collaborative law matters. She has previously practiced in many other areas of law including water, natural resources and real estate law, as well as construction and employment law. Ms. Engelmann volunteers by serving as a board member for the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children who are grieving the death of a loved one. For more information about Tatiana D. Engelmann and her firm, please visit www.atkinsonkelsey.com.