How does Alimony Impact on Child Support?

Alimony, or also known as spousal support in New Mexico, is an important factor when it comes to the calculation of child support. The important distinction lies in understanding the purpose of both forms of …

What is Income for Child Support Purposes?

While this question may sound simple, the answer is rather complex. New Mexico law defines income in NMSA 40-4-11.1. Technically, many things that you may not have thought about become income when you read this …

How to Handle Violations of a Court Order

Here is a common scene we see. Mother was granted primary custody in a court order. Father was supposed to have the children over the weekend. Monday comes and the children aren’t returned to mother. …

Criminal History and Custody

Many people think that if one has a criminal history that it becomes an automatic bar to winning custody. That is simply not true. While having a criminal history is not optimal, it is a …

How your Employment Impacts on Custody

Many people don’t think about how their job and occupation can impact on their custody case. Frequently we see people coming to the realization (the hard way) that their occupation has a direct impact on …

Custody & Time Sharing

What is the difference between custody and time sharing? When we meet with people we generally hear people use the term custody to really refer to how much time they spend with their child. It’s …

High Income and Child Support

In New Mexico the child support guidelines are used to determined ongoing child support obligations. However, those guidelines end at a combined gross monthly income of $30,000. While most people cannot even fathom that sort …

What is the Best Interests of the Child?

Family law, like other types of law, involve different types of “burdens of proof” or standards. For example, in a criminal case, the burden of proof is that the state must prove “beyond a reasonable …

Imputed Income

A huge consideration in child support or alimony cases is the issue of imputed income. Imputed income means income that the other party is CAPABLE of earning. How much are they capable of earning? It …