Child Support

Children deserve to have the financial and emotional support of both parents.

If you are a parent, you have both a moral and legal obligation to provide for your children’s financial needs.  Child support is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to a custodial parent but both parents provide support.  Child support may be awarded regardless of whether or not the parents of a child were ever married.

We provide services to parents seeking to establish child support and parents being asked to pay support

Calculating Child Support

In New Mexico, the family law courts base the amount of child support on the New Mexico Child Support Guidelines and the guidelines are set by the New Mexico legislature.  Child support payments are made on a monthly basis up until the child is 18 years old or graduates from high school unless significant special needs exist.  There is a statewide child support calculator (link to calculator) that is used in each and every case.  This is utilized so that payments being paid and received are fair and accurate to each parent.

Modifications

Our office provides guidance and representation to individuals seeking a modification of child support.  An individual may ask for a modification when there is any significant change in circumstances, such as loss of employment, change in income, retirement, obligation of child support to other children, change in time spent with the child, or a change in a child’s needs that may include medical care or education.

We understand the legalities that surround the request for a modification.  We can review the circumstances of your case and help determine whether or not you may qualify for a modification.

We are caring advocates for children and understand parents want their children to be healthy, happy and safe

Contact us to schedule an appointment.