Albuquerque Child Support Lawyer
All parents have a responsibility to contribute to the support of their children, whether those parents are married, separated or divorced. The issue of child support, however, can be one of the most contentious issues related to divorce, as the quality of life of one or both parents and the children will be greatly impacted by a support order. In many cases, coming to an agreement about child support can be contentious. Child Support issues requires an experienced family law attorney.
At the Albuquerque law firm of Stephen P. Eaton, Attorney at Law, we provide representation to clients in divorce and child support proceedings throughout the state of New Mexico. Our over 20 years of experience gives us a thorough understanding of child support guidelines in the state and what is necessary for the modification and enforcement of child support agreements when necessary.
If you would like to speak with Mr. Eaton about your child support and other family law issues, contact us today at 505-837-9200.
Child Support Guidelines in New Mexico
In New Mexico, as in many other states, many factors will be looked at to calculate the amount of child support that will be paid out. On our resources page we have link to an on line child support calculation tool. This tool can be helpful in helping you see how the State approaches child support calculation. However, there are lots of other considerations that need to be examined before the determination of child support is complete. Our practice is to help identify the unique circumstance of your situation so that the calculation of child support will be appropriate for your unique situation. We will help you identify and account for factors like:
- Standard of living for the child or children prior to the separation or divorce
- The custodial parent’s lifestyle needs and current income
- The Paying parent’s ability to pay
- Needs of the child or children, including education and medical expenses
- Special health care needs
- Extracurricular and other expenses
- Travel expenses
In New Mexico, judges are allowed greater discretion in determining the amount of child support that must be paid than in some other states. Judges may deviate from the guidelines when good reasons exist for doing so.
The role of your family law attorney in child support cases is to ensure that your needs and current financial status are being accurately represented to the court and that the guidelines are applied fairly to your situation. While there is little that can be done about how child support is calculated, there is a good amount that can be done about what is used to make the calculation in the first place.
Contact Child Support Attorney Stephen P. Eaton
If you are concerned about your parental rights to child support and the welfare of your child or children, contact us at Stephen P. Eaton, Attorney at Law. Call us in Albuquerque at 505-837-9200. We accept all major credit cards.