For parents going through a separation or divorce, child support is an important issue to resolve. Both parents are typically expected to contribute to the costs of raising a child, and child support is intended to cover the basic expenses associated with this, such as food, housing, clothing, and education (excluding tuition). Other expenses may also be included, depending on the child’s specific needs. In New Mexico, child support is not awarded automatically and must be applied for through the courts. The process of calculating child support, understanding what it covers, and ensuring that you receive these payments can be complex.
To apply for child support in New Mexico, you must contact the New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division (CESD). This agency, which is part of the Department of Human Services, handles the child support program in the state, but does not advocate on behalf of either parent. You can apply for child support services yourself, or through a family or divorce lawyer. Most parents choose to work with a lawyer, who can help them prepare the necessary documentation and calculate the expected support payments, as well as advocate on their behalf and assist with enforcing or modifying a child support order if necessary.
To apply for child support services in New Mexico, you will need to provide the CESD with a valid photo ID, proof of residency, your child’s birth certificate, and the most recent address information for the other parent. You may also be asked to provide additional documentation, such as paternity test results (if you are not married), Social Security cards for you and your children, wage information, divorce records, and child support payment history. It may take some time to obtain a child support order, but if your petition is approved, you are entitled to start collecting child support payments.
If you have questions about child support in New Mexico or need assistance with applying for support, contact Justice Legal Group. Our child support attorneys are ready and willing to assist you with the complexities of the child support process. Call us at 505-880-8737.