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New Mexico State Law

1. General Program-At-A-Glance

1. How many local child support offices are in your state excluding agencies with cooperative agreements?
There are 14 local County offices plus our Central Office in the State of New Mexico.
2. What is the name of your IV-D agency?
Child Support Enforcement Division
3. Is your state administrative, judicial, or a combination of both? In particular, does your state primarily use judicial or administrative procedures to establish and/or enforce support orders? Please describe.
Judicial only. New Mexico can administratively enforce a support obligation. Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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4. Does your state use the following applications: EDE, CSENET, QUICK?
Yes

2. Duration Of Support

1. What is the duration of support in your state? Include the age of majority when the support obligation ends in the absence of other factors. Include your state's statutory citation(s).
18 years of age. Section 40-4-7 (B)(3)(b)NMSA 1978
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2. If not addressed in the order, at what age is child support automatically terminated as a matter of state law? Qualify, if necessary.
18 years of age, unless still in high school, then up to 19 years of age if stated in court order
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3. Does the date of the order determine the law that is applied to the duration of support? If yes, describe.
Yes. In all NM orders issued prior to June 20, 1997 child support terminates at age 18.
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4. Does your state law allow support to be paid beyond the age of majority under certain circumstances (for example, if the child has a disability or is in college)? If yes, describe.
Yes. If the child is under 19 and still in high school, support can be ordered through 19. Support can also be continued past emancipation age if the child is severely disabled, which is a determined on case by case basis by the courts.
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5. What are your state's laws regarding the emancipation of the child that would result in early termination of the child support obligation? Describe.
The child emancipates before the normal duration. The child is no longer under the care of the custodial parent and there is no decision re-directing payments to someone else. The child marries. The child is adopted by someone other than the non-custodial parent. The child has been removed from the family and is a civil ward of the state. The child support order states that child support ceases prior to the normal duration. The child enters into military service prior to the normal duration.
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6. Does child support end if the child no longer lives with the custodial parent but does not emancipate according to state law? For example, the child graduates from high school at 17 and no longer lives with the custodial parent?
No
7. For orders that include multiple children, does your state automatically reduce the current support owed for remaining children after one of the children in the order reaches the age of majority or otherwise emancipates? If yes, describe.
No
8. Does your state provide IV-D services to establish support for a child who is no longer a minor but for whom state law provides post-majority support (for example, if the child has a disability or is in college)? If yes, please describe the specific circumstances.
No

3. Statute Of Limitations

1. What is your state's statute of limitations for the collection of past-due support?
14 years from date of judgment or unpaid court ordered support. Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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2. What is your state's statute of limitations for the establishment of paternity/parentage? Please explain.
Paternity may be established for a child up to the child's 21-st birthday (i.e. up to 3 years after the age of emancipation). Up to age 18, the action would be initiated by the parent; after age 18 and up to age 21, the action would be initiated by the child. Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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3. Is dormancy revival/renewal possible? If yes, under what circumstances and for how long?
No
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4. Support Details

1. What guideline type or method does your state use to calculate child support (for example, Income Shares Model, Percentage of Income Model, Melson Formula)?
Shared Income Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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2. Does your state have any statute(s) addressing interest on arrears? If yes, indicate the amount of interest charged, any related conditions, and the statutory citation.
Yes. For child support: 4.0% from May 19, 2004 to current; 8.75% from June 18, 1993 to May 18, 2004; 15.0% from June 17, 1983 to June 17,1993 For cash medical support: 8.75% from June 18, 1996 to current; 15% from June 17, 1983 to June 17, 1993. For spousal support: 8.75% from June 18, 1994 to current; 15% from June 17, 1984 to June 17, 1994
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3. Does your state's IV-D agency calculate interest on arrears? If yes, indicate the amount of interest charged and any related conditions.
Yes. For child support: 4.0% from May 19, 2004 to current; 8.75% from June 18, 1993 to May 18, 2004; 15.0% from June 17, 1983 to June 17,1993 For cash medical support: 8.75% from June 18, 1996 to current; 15% from June 17, 1983 to June 17, 1993. For spousal support: 8.75% from June 18, 1994 to current; 15% from June 17, 1984 to June 17, 1994 Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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4. Does your state charge interest on retroactive support? If yes, indicate the amount of interest charged and any related conditions.
Yes
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5. Will your state enforce a medical debt for any uninsured portion? If yes, under what circumstances?
Yes. The percentage is at the court's discretion. Custodial party is responsible for providing bills to the court and obtaining a judgment which may be enforced by our agency.
6. If your state has issued an order, and another IV-D agency asserts that the person/entity entitled to receive child support payments has changed from the person/entity designated in your state's order (due to a change in placement or foster care status), what does your state require in order to change the person/entity entitled to receive payments?
New Mexico would pursue a new court order allowing for the distribution of payments to the new payee. Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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6.1. Does it matter if the child receives TANF or Medicaid-only? If so, explain.
No
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7. Does your state require that a custodial party, who is not one of the biological parents, have legal custody of a child before enforcing an order for support that was issued to the biological parents as the parties for non-public assistance cases?
Yes and a new support order must be entered setting support obligation owed the non-parent custodial party.
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8. Does your state IV-D agency give the noncustodial parent credit toward child support for Auxiliary Benefits received directly by the custodial parent on behalf of a child as a result of the noncustodial parent's Social Security Retirement, Survivors, or Disability Insurance (RSDI) benefit?
This is not done automatically. The court makes these determinations on a case by case basis.
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9. Does your state abate support? If yes, explain the circumstances and provide your statutory citation.
No. This is not done automatically. The courts make these determinations. The state may abate support if there is a provision for it in the court order. NMSA 40-4-11.1
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5. Paternity/Parentage

1. Does your state law require custody and visitation to be addressed at the time of paternity/parentage establishment? If yes, please describe and provide the statutory citation.
No
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2. What is the percentage of probability for genetic testing that creates a rebuttable or conclusive presumption of paternity?
99%
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3. What is the state law citation that makes paternity acknowledgment conclusive? Please describe (if appropriate).
A valid acknowledgment of paternity filed with the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics of the New Mexico Department of Health is equivalent to an adjudication of paternity of a child. NMSA 40-11A-305.
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4. Does marriage constitute a rebuttable presumption of paternity/parentage without exceptions? Please describe and provide your statutory citation.
Yes. Rebutted by genetic tests.
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5. Does the father's name on the birth certificate constitute a conclusive presumption of paternity? Please provide your state citation. If no, please describe.
No. Father and mother must either be married or both sign acknowledgement of paternity to establish a presumption of paternity.
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6. Does your state have any other paternity/parentage-related presumptions? If yes, please describe.
Yes. See NMSA 40-11A-204
7. What, if any, is the agency name and link for your state's putative fathers' registry?
Putative Fathers Registry is maintained by the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics, New Mexico Department of Health. Url : http://nmhealth.org/
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8. What documents regarding paternity can your state's IV-D agency provide to other IV-D agencies? Are there any charges to the requesting IV-D agencies?
Acknowledgment of Paternity. No charge. If a certified copy is required it must be obtained directly from the Bureau of Vital Records by one of the parties. There would be a fee.
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9. Does your states bureau of vital statistics charge any fees to other states or private individuals for requesting searches, paternity/parentage documents, and data?
Yes
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9.1. Describe any circumstances under which these fees may be waived?
Fees are not waived by the Bureau of Vital Records and Statistics Url : http://nmhealth.org/
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10. Is common-law marriage currently recognized in your state? If yes, describe the standard that defines common-law marriage and the date the standard went into effect.
No. There is no common-law marriage in New Mexico. New Mexico will recognize a common-law marriage that is legally created elsewhere.
11. If there was a prior common-law standard in your state that is no longer in effect, what were the dates that standard was in effect? Describe the standard.
N/A
12. If there is more than one child with the same custodial party and the same alleged father, should an initiating jurisdiction send one intergovernmental packet to your state (with a separate Declaration in Support of Establishing Parentage forms for each child) or a separate intergovernmental packet for each child?
One set of documents with a paternity affidavit for each child

6. Support Order Establishment

1. Does your state use an administrative, judicial, or a combined process to establish a support obligation?
1.1 If your state can establish both administratively and judicially, under what circumstances would your state use the administrative process? Please provide the statutory citation for your state's administrative procedures.
N/A
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1.2. Under what circumstances would your state use the judicial process? Please provide the statutory citation for your state's judicial procedures.
It is used for every case
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2. When setting support using your state's guidelines, whose income is considered in addition to the noncustodial parent's (for example, custodial parent, spouse, child)?
The other parent's income Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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2.1. What documentation is required as proof/evidence of this information?
Testimony and supporting documents
3. What criteria for rebutting your presumptive guidelines have been established in your state?
Financial hardship - 40-4-11.1 (J) & 40-4-11.2.
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4. Will your state establish support orders for prior periods of support? If yes, please describe (for example, from the birth of the child, from date of separation, prenatal expenses, five years retroactive).
Yes. As determined by the court. The court shall order child support retroactive to the date of the child's birth, but not to exceed three years unless there is a substantial showing that paternity could not have been established and an action for child support could not have been brought within those three years. NMSA 40-11A-636
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4.1. What information or documentation does your state require to proceed with establishing support for prior periods?
Testimony and supporting documents
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4.2. Will your state allow a petition for support for a minor child when the only issue is retroactive support?
Yes
4.3. If there are limitations upon your state's ability to establish support for prior periods, specify those limitations.
If child(ren) is emancipated and there was no TANF paid out, our agency cannot establish support for prior periods.
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5. Does your state require that a custodial party, who is not a biological parent, have legal custody of a child before establishing an order for support when public assistance is being expended?
No
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5.1. What about when public assistance is not being expended?
Yes
6. When your state has issued an order that reserves support, and now child support should be ordered, does your state require establishment or modification?
Establishment if the issue was reserved and modification if support was set at $0 or parties agreed to no payment of support.
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7. When there is an existing support order between the parents of a child and the child's residence changes from one parent to the other, does your state require that the new custodial parent obtain legal custody before child support is addressed? Please describe.
A new order would need to be obtained. The court will make the determination as to whether legal custody is addressed first and child support reserved for a subsequent action, or whether child support is addressed within the custody order.
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7. Income Withholding

1. What are specific sources of income not subject to withholding?
Income is defined as not including required withholdings, union dues, amounts exempted by federal law or public assistance payments. See Section 40-4A-2 (E)NMSA 1978
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2. Does your state law adopt the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) income withholding limits? Please provide the statutory citation.
Yes. 40-4A-6 NMSA
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2.1. Does your state have policies or procedures allowing the agency to use lower limits than the CCPA?
No
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2.2. What are the withholding limits for non-employees?
50% of the obligor's income.
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3. What is the maximum fee for the administrative cost that an employer may charge for processing income withholding orders? (45 CFR 303.100 (e)(iii).
$1.00 per withholding
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4. Does your state charge any fees to the noncustodial parent that the employer must withhold and remit to the state? If yes, please explain.
No. The employer may assess a $1.00 processing fee per withholding.
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5. Is an employer required to begin withholding after the date of service, receipt, or mailing of an income withholding order?
Next payment after service date of receipt.
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5.1. How many days following the first pay period that occurs after service, receipt, or mailing of an income withholding order is an employer required to begin withholding?
Next payment after service date of receipt.
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6. When must an employer remit amounts withheld from an employee's pay?
Within 7 days of pay date.
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7. What are your state's sanctions for employers for not implementing income withholding?
Subpoenas, court hearings and request the employer pay applicable unpaid portion.
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7.1. What are the penalties to an employer for failure to remit payments withheld?
A fine for the total amount that the employer willfully failed to withhold.
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8. Does your state allow other jurisdictions to send income withholding orders for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits directly to your state's UI agency? If yes, please explain your process and include any additional required documents.
No
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8.1. If no, what is your state's process to aid the other jurisdictions in withholding UI benefits? Please describe and include the required documents.
A complete UIFSA packet requesting Enforcement.
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9. Does your state allow other jurisdictions to send income withholding orders directly to a noncustodial parent's financial institution in your state? If yes, please explain your process and include any additional required documents.
Yes. A freeze or seize order issued by another state's IV-D agency is required and will be honored by financial institutions in the state.
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9.1. If no, what is your state's process to aid the other jurisdiction in collecting from a financial institution? Please describe and include the required documents.
N/A
10. How does a noncustodial parent contest an income withholding in your state?
Payor may petition court at any time to modify, suspend or terminate withholding.
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11. How does your state allocate payments when there is more than one claim against the noncustodial parent's income? Should the payment be divided equally or pro-rated among the cases? (See 45 CFR 303.100(a)(5).)
Prorated.
12. When calculating disposable income for child support purposes, what are the mandatory deductions from gross income required by state law, such as union dues or medical insurance premiums?
None
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13. When does your state require the employer to send notice of an employee's termination?
When obligor is no longer receiving income per NMSA 40-4A-8(B) Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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14. When your state is enforcing an order and receives payment through income withholding that is not enough to cover the full amount ordered, how does your state apply the payment to the types of support (for example, current, arrears, medical, spousal support, other)? Please describe and provide the statutory citations, if appropriate.
Child support is first priority, then medical support, then spousal support, then arrears. Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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8. Distribution

1. Does your state pass through collections (and disregard collections for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) eligibility purposes) in current assistance cases? If yes, provide the amount and explain.
Yes. $100 pass through in current assistance cases. NM IRG Profile as of 2-28-2022
2. Does your state participate in the pass-through in former assistance cases? If yes, provide the date and explain.
No
3. In former assistance cases, are federal income tax refund offset payments applied to families first (DRA distribution) or state arrears first (PRWORA distribution)?
State arrears first (PRWORA distribution).
4. How does your state distribute payments when the noncustodial parent has arrears due to your state and another state?
PRWORA distribution rules are applied. Current support is paid first. Payments on arrears are paid next with distributions being prorated by priority and applied to the arrears owed to each state. Arrears due to the family are paid first. Arrears assigned to New Mexico are paid next. Assigned arrears due to other states are paid last.
4.1. If there are no arrears due to your state, how does your state distribute payments when the noncustodial parent has arrears due to multiple states?
PRWORA distribution rules are applied. Current support is paid first. Payments on arrears are paid next with distributions being prorated by priority and applied to the arrears owed to each state. Arrears due to the family are paid first. Arrears assigned to New Mexico are paid next. Assigned arrears due to other states are paid last.
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9. Enforcement

1. What data matches (for example, financial institution, state lottery) and enforcement remedies are available through Automated Administrative Enforcement in Interstate Cases (AEI) in your state? (See AT-08-06: Implementing Section 466(a)(14) of the Social Security Act, High-Volume, Automated Administrative Enforcement in Interstate Cases.)
None
2. What criteria must be met, and in addition to Transmittal #3, what documentation does your state require to proceed with an AEI request?
N/A
3. What are your state's criteria for reporting a noncustodial parent's child support information to credit bureaus?
The obligor is 30 or more days delinquent.
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4. To which credit bureaus does your state report a noncustodial parent's child support information?
Equifax and Innovis
5. Is the method for credit bureau reporting judicial, administrative, or both?
Administrative
6. Can a noncustodial parent who no longer has a past-due account have the report removed from the credit bureau? If so, what must the noncustodial parent do?"
No. However, any disputed amounts must be disputed directly through the credit bureaus.
7. When your state is the responding state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for federal administrative offset? If yes, what is the minimum required past-due amount?
Yes. The amount is $500.00.
8. When your state is the initiating state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for federal administrative offset? If yes, what is the minimum required past-due amount?
Yes. The amount is $500.00.
9. When your state is the responding state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for insurance match? If yes, what is the minimum required past-due amount?
Yes. The amount is $500.00.
10. When your state is the initiating state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for insurance match? If yes, what is the minimum required past-due amount?
Yes. The amount is $500.00.
11. When your state is the responding state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for MSFIDM? If yes, what is the minimum required past-due amount?
Yes. The amount is $500.00.
12. When your state is the initiating state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for MSFIDM? If yes, what is the minimum past-due amount?
Yes. The amount is $500.00.
13. When your state is the responding state, does it submit past-due cases to OCSE for passport denial?
Yes
14. Are the financial institution attachment procedures in your state judicial, administrative, or both?
Administrative
15. Are there specific account types exempt from the administrative financial institution attachment process in your state? If yes, which account types are exempt?
Life/Health Insurance Accounts, Trust Accounts, and Business Accounts unless it is a Sole Proprietorship.
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16. Is the financial institution attachment process in your state centralized and/or automated?
Centralized and Automated
17. What are the criteria to attach an account in a financial institution in your state?
There is a delinquency owed.
18. Does your state's law require financial institutions doing business in your state to accept enforcement actions directly from other states? If yes, provide the statutory citation. Please explain.
Yes. A freeze or seize order issued by another state's Title IV-D agency will be treated as if it were issued by New Mexico's Title IV-D agency. 27-1-13 NMSA 8.50.114.11 NMAC
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19. If there are no statutory criteria required to attach an account, describe the process for requesting a financial institution attachment from another child support agency (for example, a Transmittal #3) and list additional documentation required.
A state may send a transmittal, copy of order and payment record if the state is requesting that NM CSED enforce a financial institution attachment.
20. Does your state's income withholding definition include amounts in financial institutions?
No
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21. Does your state require sending a notice of intent to the noncustodial parent when attaching an account in a financial institution? Who notifies the noncustodial parent - the state, the financial institution, or both?
The state and financial institution send the noncustodial parent a notice of the lien.
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22. How long does the financial institution have to hold funds before sending the noncustodial parent's assets to your child support agency?
3 working days after receiving freeze order from the state agency Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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23. Does your state law or policy require the financial institution and/or state to hold the attached assets during the challenge or appeal time frame? If yes, provide the statutory citation and time frames.
Yes. Account funds shall not be released by the financial institution during the pendency of proceedings involving a freeze order. The noncustodial parent has 15 days from the date of notice of the lien to contest or appeal the freeze. 8.50.114.9 NMAC
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24. What amount or percentage of the noncustodial parent's financial assets are eligible for attachment? Is this different for joint accounts? Please explain.
All funds are subject to the freeze and seize process unless the funds are protected funds. In circumstances where a joint account is involved, a full or partial (one half) release is determined by the County Director and/or Department Assigned Attorney after reviewing all required documentation submitted, six months of bank statements, copy of the signature card, and copy of marriage certificate (if applicable).
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25. What are the criteria for a noncustodial parent and/or joint account holder to contest a financial institution attachment?
Grounds for challenging a freeze and seize action include mistaken identity, incorrect delinquency balance and joint ownership Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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26. Does your state have procedures to liquidate non-liquid assets (for example, stocks, bonds, etc.)? If yes, provide the statutory citation and the procedures to follow.
Yes. NMSA 27-1-11 & 27-1-13
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27. What are your state's criteria for driver's license revocation/suspension for nonpayment of support?
The Obligor is delinquent 30 days or more.
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28. What are your state's criteria for driver's license restoration/reinstatement, including hardship exemptions?
The obligor has to work with the assigned CSED representative to become current on the outstanding obligation or to make satisfactory arrangement to pay the delinquency. Criteria for reinstatement is the noncustodial parent pays all arrearages in full; the noncustodial parent pays the delinquency in full; the noncustodial parent makes a lump-sum payments equal to two months worth of the monthly obligation; the noncustodial parent is on income withholding and there has been three consecutive months worth of income withholding payments; the noncustodial parent has multiple cases and the maximum allowable income is being withheld; the noncustodial parent completes an appointment with the NM Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) under the Supporting, Training and Employing Parents Up Program; or upon Director approval in instances where there is a demonstrated inability to meet the above conditions.
29. Does your state allow temporary or conditional driver's licenses? If yes, what are the criteria?
N/A in child support cases.
30. What are your state's criteria for professional license revocation/suspension for nonpayment of support? Specify the professional license types.
If an individual is delinquent 30 days or more, NM CSED sends a referral to the NM Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), NM Game and Fish, and professional and occupational licensing agencies for license suspension. CSED does not apply hardship exemption for a license suspension referral.
31. What are your state's criteria for professional license restoration/reinstatement, including hardship exemptions?
Criteria for reinstatement is the noncustodial parent pays all arrearages in full; the noncustodial parent pays the delinquency in full; the noncustodial parent makes a lump-sum payments equal to two months worth of the monthly obligation; the noncustodial parent is on income withholding and there has been three consecutive months worth of income withholding payments; the noncustodial parent has multiple cases and the maximum allowable income is being withheld; the noncustodial parent completes an appointment with the NM Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) under the Supporting, Training and Employing Parents Up Program; or upon Director approval in instances where there is a demonstrated inability to meet the above conditions.
32. Does your state allow temporary or conditional professional licenses? If yes, what are the criteria?
No
33. What are your state's criteria for recreational license revocation/suspension for nonpayment of support? Specify the recreational license types.
If an individual is delinquent 30 days or more, NM CSED sends a referral to the NM Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), NM Game and Fish, and professional and occupational licensing agencies for license suspension. CSED does not apply hardship exemption for a license suspension referral.
34. What are your state's criteria for recreational license restoration/reinstatement, including hardship exemptions?
Criteria for reinstatement is the noncustodial parent pays all arrearages in full; the noncustodial parent pays the delinquency in full; the noncustodial parent makes a lump-sum payments equal to two months worth of the monthly obligation; the noncustodial parent is on income withholding and there has been three consecutive months worth of income withholding payments; the noncustodial parent has multiple cases and the maximum allowable income is being withheld; the noncustodial parent completes an appointment with the NM Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) under the Supporting, Training and Employing Parents Up Program; or upon Director approval in instances where there is a demonstrated inability to meet the above conditions.
35. Does your state allow temporary or conditional recreational licenses? If yes, what are the criteria?
No
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36. What are the criteria for initiating/filing a lien in your state?
A child support obligation and $5,000 in arrears or more owed is needed to place a lien on real property. Url : https://www.nmcompcomm.us/
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37. Is the lien process in your state primarily judicial, administrative, or both? Please describe.
Both. Judicial. A Writ of Lien may be filed in district court and Notice of Lien may be filed at the County Clerks office.
38. Does your state enforce property seizure and sale? If so, is this process primarily judicial, administrative, or both? Please describe.
Yes. Judicial. A Notice of Lien and Child Support order is prepared by CSED and filed at the County Clerks office along with a filing fee. A Release of Lien must also be filed at the County Clerks office upon complete or partial satisfaction of the arrears or upon agreement of the parties.
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39. Does your state have a state income tax refund offset as an enforcement remedy? If yes, describe whether the process for this remedy is primarily judicial, administrative, or a combination.
Yes. Both Administrative and Judicial depending on type of lien. Yes. The state income tax refund offset is administrative.
40. Does your state intercept lottery or other types of gaming/gambling winnings in your state? If so, what kind of winnings are included?
Yes. State lottery and racetrack and/or gaming machine payouts.
40.1. If yes, is this enforcement judicial, administrative, or both?
Administrative
41. What other administrative enforcement procedures are available in your state that are not otherwise described in the IRG?
N/A
42. What other judicial enforcement procedures are available in your state that are not otherwise described in the IRG?
CSED may refer support obligors for state or federal criminal prosecution.

10. Modification And Review/Adjustment

1. How frequently does your state conduct order reviews in IV-D cases (for example, every year or every three years)? (See 45 CFR 303.8.)
Every 3 years or upon request or change of circumstance
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2. What is your state's modification procedure? Briefly describe.
On request of the CP or NCP in non-TANF cases. In all cases every three years a notice of review for modification is sent out automatically requesting income, daycare and medical support information to conduct a review the child support obligation.
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3. What are the criteria for modification under your state's guidelines (for example, a change that is more than $50 or 20% upward or downward from the current amount ordered)?
A 20% change in the support amount and a year since entry of the last order creates a presumption for modification.
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4. Which of the following criteria for demonstrating a change in circumstances apply for modifying an order?

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4.1. The earnings of the noncustodial parent have substantially increased or decreased.
Yes
4.2. The earnings of the custodial parent have substantially increased or decreased.
Yes
4.3. The needs of a party or the child(ren) have substantially increased or decreased.
Yes
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4.4. The cost of living has changed.
No
4.5. The child(ren) has extraordinary medical expenses not covered by insurance.
Yes
4.6. There has been a substantial change in childcare expenses.
Yes
4.7. What other criteria does your state use for demonstrating a change in circumstances for modifying an order?
A showing of material and substantial changes in circumstances subsequent to the entry of the current order.
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5. Does your state have a cost of living adjustment (COLAs) for orders? If yes, what index does your state use? (See 45 CFR 303.8(b)(1)(ii).)
No
6. After learning that a parent who owes support will be incarcerated for more than 180 calendar days, does your state elect to initiate a review of an order without the need for a specific request, i.e., automatically? (See 45 CFR 303.8(b)(2).)
Yes
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11. Lump Sum Payments

1. What is your state's definition of a lump sum, if it has one? Provide the statutory citation. (Note: States may define "lump sum" more broadly than only employer- related lump sums.)
Not defined in statute.
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2. Does your state law require employers to report lump sum payments? If yes, provide the statutory citation or rule.
No
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3. How does your state attach different types of lump sum payments? For example, does your state use the OMB-approved income withholding order for employer-issued bonuses, a lien, and levy notice for workers' compensation (if workers' compensation is considered a lump sum payment in your state), etc.?
OMB income withholding order.

12. Cost Recovery And Fees

1. Does your state elect to recover costs in excess of any fees collected to cover administrative costs in your child support state plan? (See section 454(6) of the Social Security Act and 45 CFR 302.33(d).) If yes, does your state collect excess actual or standardized costs on a case-by-case basis? Please describe.
Yes. The state charges standardized fees for various services. Fees are charged on a case-by-case basis as actions occur.
1.1. If yes, does your state recover costs from the custodial parent or the noncustodial parent? (Note: No costs can be assessed against a foreign custodial parent applying through a Central Authority in a Hague Convention country, a foreign reciprocating country, or a foreign country with state-level reciprocity.)
All costs are deducted from payments to the custodian at the rate of 10% per payment, except for those shown below. Recoupment for NSF (insufficient funds) and paternity testing fees if result is positive are collected from the non-custodial parent.
2. Does your state recover costs on behalf of an initiating state that has elected to do cost recovery? If yes, describe.
Yes. When requested
3. How does your state impose and collect the mandatory $35 annual fee (after collecting the first $550)? This fee is applicable in IV-D cases in which individuals who never received IV-A assistance are receiving IV-D services. (See 45 CFR 302.33(e).) See options below.
3.1. Is it retained by the state from support collected?
No
3.2. Is it paid by the individual applying for child support services?
No
3.3. Is it recovered from the noncustodial parent?
No
3.4. Is it paid by the state out of its state funds?
Yes

13. Insurance Match

1. Does your state have legislation requiring insurance companies to work with child support agencies to identify claimants who owe past-due child support? Describe the requirements and provide the statutory citation. How does your state allocate payments when there is more than one claim against the noncustodial parent's income? Should the payment be divided equally or pro-rated among the cases? (See 45 CFR 303.100(a)(5).)
No
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2. What criteria must a noncustodial parent meet to be eligible for your states participation in the federal insurance match program?
Any delinquency amount qualifies for a referral, but CSED will not proceed with a lien unless the noncustodial parent has a delinquency of at least three full monthly obligation amounts.
3. What process does your state use to intercept insurance payments?
Writ of Garnishment, lien or income withholding.
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4. How does another state initiate and intercept collections from your states workers compensation agency?
Contact New Mexico CSED. Additional documentation of the child support claim may be required.
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5. Does your state participate in the Child Support Lien Network or CSLN (which provides insurance match services)?
No. CSED only participates in OCSE insurance match program.

14. Family Violence

15. CSENet

1. When your state is the initiating state, does it send a Child Support Enforcement Network (CSENet) case closure transaction to let the responding state know your state has closed its case (including the reason for closure) and/or the responding state's intergovernmental services are no longer needed? (MSC P GSC15; 45 CFR 303.7(c)(11).)
No
2. When your state is the responding state, does it send a CSENet case closure transaction to notify the initiating state that its case is closed based on one of the following reasons: (MSC P GSC16)? Initiating state failure to take an action essential for the next steps? (45 CFR 303.11(b)(17).) The initiating state requested the responding state to close the case? (45 CFR 303.7(d)(10).)
NO
3. When your state is the initiating state, does it send a CSENet case closure transaction to notify the responding state that it must stop any income withholding orders or notices and close the intergovernmental case? (MSC P GSC17; 45 CFR 303.7(c)(12).)
NO
4. When your state is the responding state, does it send a CSENet case closure transaction to notify the initiating state that, per its request, the case is closed, and your state has stopped its income withholding order? (MSC P GSC18; 45 CFR 303.7(d)(9).)
NO
5. Does your state send CSENet transactions to request interest information? (MSC R GRINT)
NO
6. Does your state send CSENet transactions to provide another state with interest and arrears information? (MSC P GSTAI)
NO

16. Copies Of Orders And Payment Records

1. What are the procedures and associated costs for obtaining a certified copy of a court order?
A certified copy of an order may be requested from the Clerk of Courts Office of the court that issued the order or by sending a Transmittal #3 request to CSED. Court Clerks charge for certified copies. CSED does not charge for obtaining certified court orders.
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2. What are the procedures and associated costs for obtaining a certified payment record?
CSED can provide a certified payment record of all payments received by and reported to CSED upon request. CSED does not charge for providing certified payment records.
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17. Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)

1. What is the statutory citation for your state's enactment of UIFSA?
Section 40-6A-100, et seq. NMSA 1978
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2. How does your state define the tribunal (See UIFSA 103)?
Any judicial forum other than the court.
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3. How many copies or sets of documents does your state need for an intergovernmental case referral that is not sent electronically?
One (1) set of original documents
4. Does your state require initiating states to send intergovernmental forms in a one-sided format (when sending paper copies)?
No

18. International - Reciprocity

1. With which foreign countries or other jurisdictions (such as Quebec) does your state have state-level reciprocity for child support? (Do not include federal foreign reciprocating or Hague Convention countries.)
None
2. Does your state exercise its option for enforcement of spousal-only orders for a foreign reciprocating country, a Hague Convention country, or a foreign country with which your state has state-level reciprocity? (See section 454(32)(B) of the Social Security Act.)
No
3. Does your state agency accept direct applications for services from individuals residing outside the United States (See UIFSA 307 - Alternative A), or does your state's law allow discretion in accepting these applications (See UIFSA 307 - Alternative B)?
No

19. International Information For Hague Convention Countries

1. When a Hague Convention country seeks registration of a Convention support order in your state, does your state allow the country to send an abstract (or summary) of the order on the Hague Abstract of a Decision form in lieu of the complete text? (See UIFSA 706(b) (1).)
No
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2. Does your state send and receive pleadings and documents electronically in international cases? If yes, specify the types of pleadings and documents your state can send and receive electronically.
Yes. No documents are sent or received electronically between New Mexico and the foreign country. The New Mexico Court currently utilizes electronic filing. New Mexico may accept faxed and scanned signatures on pleadings and accepted documents.
3. What methods of personal service does your state use?
Forward documents needing to be served to the sheriff or other public official. Forward documents needing to be served to a private contractor
4. When establishing a child support order, what can be included as add-ons to the child support guideline amount? Please provide the relevant statutory or case law citation. (See also question 1 under Support Details.)
If applicable, child care expenses, cost of medical insurance, and extraordinary expenses are factored into the amount calculated under the guidelines. They are not add-ons. Extraordinary expenses may include (1) extraordinary medical, dental and counselling expenses incurred on behalf of the children of the parties. Such extraordinary expenses are uninsured expenses in excess of one hundred dollars ($100) per child per year; (2) any extraordinary educational expenses for children of the parties; and (3) transportation and communication expenses necessary for long distance visitation or time sharing. Cash medical support is an add-on. 40-4-11.1
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5. Does your state encourage amicable solutions between parents to promote voluntary payment of support, such as the use of mediation, conciliation, or similar consent processes? If yes, describe.
Yes. The use of mediation, conciliation, or similar processes is encouraged in every child support case. New Mexico supports obtaining stipulated orders when possible and advocates for voluntary payments from non-custodial parents prior to enforcement procedures.
6. What circumstances will cause your state to end child support before the normal duration?
The child emancipates before the normal duration.The child is no longer under the care of the custodial parent and there is no decision re-directing payments to someone else. The child marries. The child is adopted by someone other than the non-custodial parent. The child has been removed from the family and is a civil ward of the state. The child support order states that child support ceases prior to the normal duration. The child enters into military service prior to the normal duration.
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20. International Payments

1. How does your state disburse child support payments to foreign reciprocating and Hague Convention countries when your state is the responding state in a case?
K-warrant (paper check).
2. What actions does your state take to reduce the costs and fees associated with international payment processing?
All payments are processed through a designated authority All payments are processed upon receipt.
3. Does your state accept electronic payments from foreign reciprocating or Hague Convention countries in international cases? If so, provide payment instructions.
No

21. Tribal Non IV-D

1. Has your state established cooperative arrangements with any Indian tribes or tribal organizations that don't have a tribal IV-D program?
Yes
1.1. If yes, list the tribes and identify services provided, if less than full services.
Acoma, Isleta, Laguna and Zia Pueblos: full services provided in accordance with customs and laws of the individual tribal courts. Joint Powers Agreement with the Navajo Nation.
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2. Does your state have any IV-D attorneys licensed to practice in the courts of Indian tribes or tribal organizations that don't have tribal IV-D programs?
No additional licensure is required. To practice in the Pueblos, the attorney is required to submit an application. Permission is approved by the administration of each Pueblo.