New Mexico Child Custody & New Mexico Child Support

Whenever children are involved in a divorce, New Mexico family courts, as their counterparts do across the nation, strongly advocate in favor of the best interests of those children, and will often base their decisions on those interests. New Mexico courts also encourage the parents to cooperate and compromise in working out an agreement on raising their children after the divorce. If the parents are unable to agree, the court will decide issues of custody, support, and visitation based on what it deems best for the children involved. The following headings take a look at New Mexico laws governing child custody and child support.

New Mexico Child Custody:

New Mexico courts will do everything possible to lessen the emotional impact on children of divorcing parents. If the parents cannot agree on a plan for custody, the courts will decide what is best for the children, and will generally place importance on the willingness of either parent to encourage a relationship between the children and the other parent, as well as any history of violence or abusive conduct by either parent.

New Mexico Child Support:

An official set of child support guidelines usually determines the amount, frequency, and types of child support. These guidelines are based on a set of formulas tied to adjusted gross income, and on a case-by-case basis the court can make add-ons beyond the base requirements of the guidelines. In general, each parent’s income is considered in relative proportion, and the support amounts calculated from each parent then help decide which parent must pay the other in order to maintain the correct proportion and provide for the needs of the child.

These guidelines are not always followed, but a decision to follow a different standard will require supportive evidence showing 1) all the factors that affect the parties’ financial obligations differently, and 2) how applying a different standard from the guidelines will more effectively preserve the best interests of the child.

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