Roberta S. Batley

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Albuquerque, NM

Batley Family Law, P.A.
 | 316 Osuna Rd. NE, Suite 301
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 5052460500
Fax: 505-246-9953
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
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    From the Albuquerque law firm of Batley Family Law, P.A., partner Roberta S. Batley is committed to guiding families in New Mexico through legal decisions. Her family law practice is focused on handling cases that involve issues such as divorce and surrogacy.

    A trained collaborative attorney, Ms. Batley is also a certified family law specialist through the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization. She puts her skills to good use as she helps people navigate some of the most difficult times of their lives. Through working with forensic accountants and other professionals, she is able to find solutions that best serve her clients' interests. Additionally, Ms. Batley grew up in a family that owned a business, giving her a keen insight into how these companies work and the emotional attachments people have to them.

    In addition to her passion for helping people through divorce, Ms. Batley practices Assisted Reproductive Technology law.  She represents gestational carriers, donors and intended parents build families. 

    Prior to launching her legal career, Ms. Batley graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of New Mexico in 1993. She then earned a Juris Doctor from The University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995.

    Since then, Ms. Batley has accumulated multiple awards for the work she has done. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; she has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; she has been featured in New Mexico Business Weekly's Best of the Bar list; and she holds an Avvo "Superb" rating.

    Ms. Batley is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, one of only 100 members in the country.  In addition, she is a Fellow of the International Acadamy of Family Lawyers and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer and serves on their Board of Governors.  Ms. Batley is an active member of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section and acted as Chair of the Section in 2017-2018.  She combines her support of the New Mexico Bar and the ABA by representing the NM State Bar as a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

    Ms. Batley is also proud of her work on the Advisory Board for the Honoring Families Initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.  This organization works to reform the legal system across the country with research and innovations.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2021

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    About Roberta Batley

    Admitted: 1996, New Mexico

    Professional Webpage:


    • New Mexico Business Weekly Best of the Bar for New Mexico, 2011                  
    • Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Law Firms, 2011-Present     
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2011-Present     
    • US News Best Lawyers Tier 1 Family Law Firm, 2010-Present     
    • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Preeminent Attorney, 2011-Present     
    • Best Lawyers New Mexico Lawyer of the Year for Family Law, 2018                  
    • Board Recognized Family Law Specialist for State of New Mexico, 2004-Present     
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010-Present     
    • Martindale Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers, 2012-Present     
    • Advisory Board Member to the IAALS Honoring Families Initiative, 2011-Present     

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Inn of Court, Stephen E. Sprague Family Law, 1998-2003         
    • Inn of Court, Four Corners American Inn of Court, 1997-1998        
    • New Mexico Board Certified Family Law Specialist

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2018-present
    • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-2010      
    • Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers, 2017-present
    • Chair, American Bar Association Family Law Section 2017-2018
    • Diplomate American College of Family Trial Lawyers 2019 -present
    • Member, Judicial Nominating Comm. 2nd Judicial District, NM State Bar Assoc., 2007     
    • Member, Nominating Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2006-2007       
    • Participant, Law Day Call-In, Young Lawyers Division
    • Member, CLE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2004-2010      
    • Member, Albuquerque Bar Association, 1998-Present    
    • Council Representative, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-Present  
    • Member, Custody Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2002-2005       
    • Committee member, Collaborative Symposium, 2008-2011
    • Chair, SCOPE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2013-2014      
    • Member, ABA Family Law Sec., 1998-Present    
    • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2006-Present
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2009-Present
    • Participant, Leadership Training Institute, New Mexico State Bar Association, 2001    
    • Member, Long Range Planning Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2007-2010      
    • Liaison, Family Law Sec., Young Lawyers Division, 2001-2002        
    • Co-Chair, Congressional Relations Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2005-2007      
    • Co-Chair, Family Law Institute, Family Law Section, 2001                 
    • Member Families Matter Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-2010      
    •  Chair Elect, ABA Family Law Section 2016  
    • Board Member, New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group, 2007-2010 and 2019 -present
    • Outstanding Contribution Award, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008-2010      
    • Graduate, Trial Advocacy Institute, ABA Family Law Sec., 2001                 
    • Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group, 2006-Present
    • US District Court for the District of New Mexico, 1999
    • Member, Tech. Committee, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-Present   
    • Committee Member, 50th Anniversary Ad Hoc, ABA Family Law Sec., 2008               
    • Member, Young Lawyers Division, 1996-2006        
    • Host, Committee Santa Fe, ABA Family Law Sec., 2006               
    • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, Family Law Section, 2000-2001        
    • Member, Tech. Committee, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2011-Present  
    • Co-Chair, Member Benefit Development Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2003-2011      
    • Member, New Mexico Woman's Bar Association, 1998-Present    
    • Member, SCOPE Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2010-Present  
    • Member, Partners Committee, ABA Family Law Sec., 2002-2005       
    • Kiva Collaborative Practice Group, 2007-Present
    • State Bar of New Mexico, 1996
    • Fellow, American Academy Matrimonial Lawyers, 2010-Present   
    • Secretary ABA Family Law Section 2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Settlement Facilitator, Second Judicial District Court, 2000-Present   
    • Treasurer Girl Scout Troop #10209 in 2019-present
    • Alpha Leader, First United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, NM, 2005-2007        
    • Leadership New Mexico, Curriculum Committee Member, 2010-Present   
    • Leadership New Mexico Connect Program Graduate, 2007                 
    • Board Member, First United Methodist Church Wesley Kids Childcare, 2003-2005        
    • Albuquerque Community Foundation, Future Fund Member, 2011-Present   
    • Inducted to Girl Scout Hall of Fame, 2008                 
    • Co-Leader, Girl Scout Troop #261, NM Trails Girl Scout Council, 2004-2010        

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Electronic Evidence", ABA Family Law Section, 2007    
    • "The Text Message as Evidence,"  ABA Family Law Section E-Newsletter, 2006      
    • Lecturer, Navigating Complex Asset Cases, NBI-Advanced Family Law, 2013       
    • Speaker, Family Law Hot Topics: The Hague Convention, Albuquerque Bar Association, Albuquerque, NM, February 3, 2009
    • Speaker, Using A Financial Expert in a Collaborative Divorce Case and Cross Examining a Financial Expert, AICPA Family Law Conference, Las Vegas, NV, May 9 & 10, 2013
    • Speaker, Animal Custody Issues, ABA Family Law Section, Spring CLE Conference, Anchorage, AK, April 18, 2013
    • Speaker, High Asset Divorce, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, March 6, 2013
    • Speaker, Family Law Review, Albuquerque Bar, February 5, 2013
    • Speaker, Strategic Uses for Business Valuation in Divorce Cases, Albuquerque Bar Association, February 2, 2010
    • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 3, 2009
    • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, New York, NY, August 10, 2008
    • Speaker, New Mexico Family Law Practice, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, February 20, 2008
    • Speaker, Is There Anybody Home?  Representing th Mentally or Chemically Impaired Client, LEI National CLE Conference, Snowmas, CO, January 6, 2007
    • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA FAmily Law Section Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, August 7, 2006
    • Speaker, Ounce of Prevention, Pound of Cure:  Critical Financial Mistakes Made in Divorce in New Mexico, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM February 21, 2006
    • Speaker, Careers in Family Law, ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE Conference, San Diego, CA, September 28, 2005
    • Speaker, Hot Tips, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 7, 2005
    • Speaker, Divorce from A to Z, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, October 7, 2004
    • Speaker, Family Law in New Mexico, National Business Institute, Albuquerque, NM, August 16, 2004
    • Speaker, Tips and Tactics from the Trenches, ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA August 8, 2004
    • Speaker, Transition to Practice, UNM School of Law, Albuquerque, NM, November 21, 2003
    • Speaker, Family Law and the Young Attorney, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, November 7, 2003
    • Speaker, Alimony Modification, ABA Family Law Section Fall CLE Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 17, 2003
    • Speaker, Law Office Management & Technology, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, April 18, 2003
    • Speaker, Running a Family Law Practice, State Bar of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, November 21, 2001
    • Speaker, Legal and Mental Health Issues of Children Experiencing Divorce, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM, December 6, 2000


    • Case No. 27,130   Evan Ullrich v. Paul Blanchard   New Mexico Court of Appeals  Reporter Citation: 142 N.M. 835, 171 P.3d 774, 2007-NMCA-145
    • No. 16-02-1/07   Carsten Thoma v. Tzveta Apostolova  Hague Application for theReturn of Miles Thoma from Bulgaria BULGARIAN Central Authority Hague Application
    • Case No.26,398  Carsten Thoma, v. Tzveta Apostolova   New Mexico Court of Appeals   None-Summary Affirmance
    • No. 30,698   Evan Ullrich v. Paul Blanchard   The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico   143 N> 156, 173 P.3d 763 (Table), 2007 -NMCERT-011

    Educational Background:

    • Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico, December, 1995
    • Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico, Magna cum Laude, 1992
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    316 Osuna Rd. NE
    Suite 301
    Albuquerque, NM 87107

    Phone: 5052460500

    Fax: 505-246-9953

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