New Mexico Child Support Factors

Either parent may be ordered to provide child support, based on a consideration of the financial resources of that parent. Any welfare benefits are not considered. Specific child support guidelines and worksheets are provided. Separate worksheets are provided for determining child support amounts for parents with visitation and for parents with shared responsibility. Shared responsibility or joint custody is defined as each parent having the child in their home at least 35% of the time during a year. Chid Support Guidelines are contained in New Mexico Statutes Annotated; Article 4, Section 40-4-11.1. These guidelines are presumed to be correct unless there is a showing that the amount of support would be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances of a case, specifically: (1) any extraordinary uninsured medical, dental, or counseling expenses for the child of over $100.00 per year; (2) any extraordinary educational expenses for the child; and (3) any transportation and communication expenses for long-distance visitation or time-sharing. A substantial hardship for either parent or the child may also justify an adjustment of the amount of the child support payment. The assignment and withholding of wages to secure the payment of child support payments may be ordered. [New Mexico Statutes Annotated; Article 4, Sections 27-2-27, 40-4-7, 40-4-11, and 40-4-11.1].

New Mexico child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate New Mexico child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate New Mexico child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about New Mexico child support in the New Mexico state statutes located at: