New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

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New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

Even if the non-custodial parent lives outside the state of New Mexico, the law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.

New Mexico Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures in accordance with Federal and New Mexico child support law to collect regular and past-due payments.

  • Inclusion on New Mexico’s 25 most wanted for non-payment of child support posters
  • Wage withholding
  • Occupational or professional license(s) revoked
  • Driver’s license revoked
  • State and federal tax refund intercepts
  • Liens placed on assets

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division is the state-run child support enforcement office for New Mexico. The New Mexico Human Services Department is required by federal law to provide services through Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) and is funded by the federal government and the state of New Mexico.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 364
Total Caseload 70,217

1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

New Mexico law makes provisions to charge interest on late child support payments, adjudicated arrears, and retroactive support. The rates are set at the court’s discretion.

New Mexico’s Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

The statute of limitations for enforcement of child support orders in New Mexico is 14 years of age.

New Mexico’s Statute of Limitations for Determination of Paternity

In New Mexico, paternity must be established by age 21.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in New Mexico

The age of emancipation in New Mexico is 18 years of age. (Section 40-4-7 (b)(3)(b))

Support orders may continue to 19 years of age if the child is still in high school.

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in New Mexico?

New Mexico’s child support guidelines provide a range of amounts based on both parents’ gross monthly income, a comparative percentage of each parent’s income, a number of related expenses (child care, health and dental coverage), the number of children involved.

Circumstances that create a substantial hardship in the obligor, obligee or children may justify a change upward or downward from the amount that would otherwise be payable under the guidelines. Any change is determined by the court.

Custody and Visitation Issues

Child support and visitation rights are separate issues. The court determines both and will usually order the non-custodial parent to pay support and the custodial parent to make the child available for visits.

The custodial parent must obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce any of its orders against either parent.