Child support is one of the most stressful and emotionally draining issues related to divorce. Before deciding on the amount that one should pay monthly, the judges have several factors to consider. In New Mexico, child support is determined through a mathematical calculation. Therefore, it is important to note that, every case is unique.
Here are some factors to keep in mind:
- The parent’s ability to pay
- Standard of living for the child/children before the divorce
- Custodial parent’s lifestyle and current income
- Special needs
- Travel expenses
- Extracurricular expenses
Legal professional Law Office of Doreene A. Kuffer shares that New Mexico allows the judges to determine the amount of child support that the parent needs to pay. Judges can also deviate from the provided guidelines only when they have a good reason to do so. Child support cases can be complicated and tedious, which is why hiring an experienced family law attorney is important.
A family law attorney’s duty is to ensure that your current financial needs are well represented to the court and that your case gets a chance to win.
Child support calculation in New Mexico includes:
- Both parents’ gross monthly income
- Monthly day-care expenses
- Monthly medical, eye and dental insurance premiums
In some instances, though, the court includes expenses associated with the child’s medical and dental needs. Nothing else is in this calculation. This can come as a shock to parents who would expect the cost of private school, clothing, food and other monthly expenses are included.
Disputing child support should only be done if there is a deviation in the figures provided. If you are involved in a child support dispute, am experienced family law attorney can help. A legal professional can guide you through process and tell you what to expect.