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When parents separate, they do not shed their responsibilities to their children—and that includes their financial responsibilities. Child support is intended to ensure that every child gets the financial benefits of two parents, even when parents no longer share the same household.

Child support is often a highly contested issue in divorce and custody cases. Sometimes, it takes a fight to get a fair amount of child support on paper and another fight to collect child support payments. The family law attorneys at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC in Albuquerque provide the legal services and resources you need to make sure your child gets the financial benefits provided under New Mexico family law.

The Purpose Of Child Support

One reason that child support is often highly contested is because one parent views child support as financial punishment. But it is not.

Child support reflects the financial obligations of both parents. These obligations may not be equal, especially if time spent with the child is unequal (i.e. if one parent has sole physical custody). The payment of child support from one parent to the other is to make sure that the custodial parent has the financial resources needed to provide the child with a lifestyle similar to what they would have had if their parents stayed together.

How Child Support Is Calculated

New Mexico uses two worksheets to calculate child support.

Worksheet A is for “Basic Visitation”—used when one parent has sole physical custody and is, thus, responsible for nearly all of the child’s care and basic necessities.Worksheet B is for “Shared Responsibility”—used when parents share joint custody and child-related costs are more equitably divided.

Both worksheets calculate child support using the following information:

  • Each parent’s gross income
  • Each parent’s time with the child (usually measured in overnight stays per year)
  • Each parent’s contributions to the child’s health insurance coverage
  • Each parent’s work-related childcare costs

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Child support amounts are not arbitrary. Supporting worksheets must accompany divorce or child custody documentation before a judge will sign off on the amount. If parties agree to an amount different than that generated by the worksheet, a judge will want to know why and make sure the agreed-upon amount does not short-change the child who is supposed to benefit from the payment.

Getting Your Child The Support They Deserve

Child support payments are supposed to be sent regularly by the noncustodial parent (or the joint custodial parent who bears the larger child support obligation). Unfortunately, it is very common for parents to fall behind or stop paying child support altogether. When this happens, the parent owed child support will have to take legal action to get back child support payments.

Fortunately, both federal and state governments now take child support enforcement seriously and provide the means to garnish wages. New Mexico has also established guidelines for imposing fines and jail time in an effort to deter parents from skipping out on their child support obligations.

An experienced family law attorney can help you understand the process to enforce a child support order.

If you need assistance coming to an agreement on child support or enforcing child support payments, contact us. The Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC family law team has the experience and persistence you need to ensure your child’s financial interests are being taken care of.

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Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC has helped thousands of families navigate the New Mexico Family Court system. We have the experience to handle all types of family law issues, including:

We also provide the legal assistance to preempt many family law issues through pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements as well as alternative conflict resolution through mediation.

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It is our job as your lawyer to educate about the process and help through that process, if we can find peace for clients that is a big win for us to represent you as your advocates.
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We love what we do and being able to help and have a resonating impact our community and individuals within our society.
Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC
People come to us for guidance and help, and we are able to see them to the other side of their issues and concerns.
Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC
People come to us with their legal issues without a framework of what they need, we give them the confidence knowing they have a strong legal time on their side.
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It is our job as your lawyer to educate about the process and help through that process, if we can find peace for clients that is a big win for us to represent you as your advocates.

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