Kathryn Terry practices family law with a passion for the welfare of children. Although she has handled all types of family law cases, Kathryn is at her best when she is giving a voice to children – making sure their best interests are fully considered during family law proceedings. She does this not only through representation of parents in contested custody cases, but in her role as Guardian ad Litem, where she is appointed to be the child’s attorney. She has been appointed in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, and Doña Ana Counties in high conflict custody cases. In addition to high conflict custody cases, Kathryn represents children in abuse and neglect proceedings.
Kathryn’s broad family law practice includes cases involving complex property division, custody, child support, spousal support, guardianship, and adoption. She has been appointed to serve as Settlement Facilitator in a variety of cases. Kathryn is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where she teaches Community Property. Kathryn was recognized by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Family Law through 2017 when the board was discontinued.
Kathryn feels strongly about protecting the integrity and dignity of divorcing couples and has included Collaborative Practice as a part of her family law work. She has been the President of the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group and is an active member on the Symposium Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group.
In addition to her family and children’s law work, Kathryn is leading a charge to improve the Children’s Court system. In 2008 she was named to the Children’s Court Rules Committee by the New Mexico Supreme Court and in January 2013, accepted the Court’s appointment as Chair of the Committee, which was a two-year term. She served on the board of the Children’s Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar for eight years. She also served on the boards of Healing Addiction in our Community, a non-profit organization educating youth about the dangers of opiate addiction and developing the first youth-oriented transitional living center in New Mexico, and Pegasus Legal Services for Children. Kathryn mentors new law school graduates through the State Bar Bridge the Gap program.
In 2013 Kathryn received the Forty Under Forty award, highlighting professionals under forty years of age who make significant contributions to their community. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Kathryn was awarded the Super Lawyers Rising Star Award. Kathryn takes great pride in her work and strives to give back to her community.