Support Guidelines: Explaining How Child Support Is Calculated and Enforced in New Mexico

 Child support is a critical aspect of ensuring the well-being of children following a divorce or separation. In the state of New Mexico, child support guidelines are in place to ensure a fair and equitable financial contribution from both parents. Navigating these guidelines can be complex, which is why Justice Legal Group is here to provide expert legal guidance for New Mexicans. Contact us today at 505-407-0573 or email us at to learn how our experienced legal team can help you understand child support calculations and ensure compliance with the law.

Understanding Child Support Guidelines in New Mexico 

Child support guidelines in New Mexico are designed to determine the financial responsibility of both parents in supporting their children. These guidelines take into account various factors to ensure that children’s financial needs are met fairly and consistently. Here’s how child support is calculated in New Mexico:

1. Income of Both Parents:

The starting point for child support calculations is the gross income of both parents. Gross income includes wages, salaries, bonuses, and other forms of income. It’s important to ensure that both parents provide accurate and complete information about their income to calculate child support accurately.

2. Deductions and Adjustments:

From the gross income of each parent, certain deductions and adjustments may be made. This can include taxes, mandatory retirement contributions, and health insurance premiums. These deductions help determine the income available for child support.  The law indicates that support is calculated by gross income, however, deductions and adjustments can be made if supported under the law or if you can successfully argue for deviations.

 3. Basic Child Support Obligation:

Once the net income of both parents is determined, a basic child support obligation is calculated based on the number of children involved and a predetermined percentage of the parents’ combined net income. New Mexico has specific guidelines for these percentages, which can vary depending on the number of children and their ages.

4. Additional Expenses:

In addition to the basic child support obligation, the court may consider other expenses, such as:

  • Childcare costs.
  • Health insurance premiums.
  • Extraordinary medical expenses.
  • Educational expenses.
  • Travel-related expenses for visitation.

These additional expenses are typically divided between the parents in proportion to their respective incomes. 

5. Shared Custody Considerations:

If parents share physical custody of the children, the child support calculation may be adjusted to account for the amount of time each parent spends with the children. The more time a parent has physical custody, the lower their child support obligation may be.

Enforcement of Child Support Orders:

Ensuring that child support orders are enforced is crucial for the well-being of the child. New Mexico has several mechanisms in place to enforce child support orders, including:

  • Income Withholding: Child support payments can be automatically deducted from the paying parent’s income by their employer and sent directly to the custodial parent or the New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division.
  • Driver’s License Suspension: If a parent falls behind on child support payments, their driver’s license may be suspended, making it difficult for them to commute to work or meet other obligations.
  • Interception of Tax Refunds: The state can intercept a parent’s federal and state tax refunds to cover overdue child support payments.
  • Liens and Seizures: In extreme cases, the state can place liens on a delinquent parent’s property or seize their assets to satisfy child support obligations.

Why Choose Justice Legal Group for Child Support Matters in New Mexico?

Navigating child support guidelines and ensuring compliance with court orders is essential for the well-being of your children. Here’s why you should choose Justice Legal Group as your trusted legal partner:

  • Local Expertise: Our team specializes in family law and is well-versed in New Mexico’s child support guidelines and procedures.  We have been assisting New Mexicans with their child support issues for over 30 years.
  • Personalized Approach: We understand that every child support case is unique. We tailor our strategies to your specific circumstances, ensuring your child’s needs are met.
  • Compassionate Support: We prioritize the best interests of your child and provide compassionate guidance throughout the process.
  • Effective Communication: We work to facilitate open and clear communication with our clients, ensuring that you are informed and involved in every decision.
  • Proven Success: Our track record in handling child support cases in New Mexico reflects our ability to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.

When you need experienced legal representation for child support matters in New Mexico, trust Justice Legal Group to be your dedicated advocate. Contact us today at 505-407-0573 or email us at to schedule a consultation. Let us help you navigate the complexities of child support guidelines and ensure the financial well-being of your child.