Simple Child Support Calculator
To calculate child support in New Mexico, we recommend using the New Mexico Child Support Worksheet. There appears to be no simpler way to estimate support payments.
The New Mexico Child Support Worksheet steps you through a complex calculation. You may need to work through each part carefully to get an accurate assessment. Unfortunately, the New Mexico scheme is complex and a simple, reliable calculator does not appear to be available.
Parenting Time Calculator for New Mexico
According to New Mexico child support guidelines, payment amounts depend on how many days a child spends with each parent.
Use this calculator to work out how much care a parent provides. Count every day when the parent is reponsible for the child(ren) for more than 12 hours.
Calculate parenting time %
Vacation days each year*
183 days per year.
50.0% of parenting time.
* Vacation days are all days when the regular schedule does not apply.
How Child Support is Calculated in New Mexico
Child support payments in New Mexico are calculated using the income shares category method. Payments depend on the combined incomes of the parents as well as the number of children. A larger combined income or more children usually means greater payments.
The amount paid or received by an individual parent also depends on their income percentage. The higher your percentage of combined parent income, the more you pay or less you receive.
Payments are also affected by which parenting time category applies. Payments may be lower because of a "shared" (fairly equal) care arrangement.
New Mexicans paying the most child support have high incomes and limited parenting time. Conversely, the biggest receivers are parents who (a) work little (b) have their kids most of the time and (c) have a high earner as the other parent.
One of two scenarios usually applies. In the first, one parent has “primary physical custody” or is the “custodial parent” and the other parent has visitation that amounts to spending less than 35% of the time as the responsible parent. In the second scenario, the parents share an equal or nearly equal period of time as responsible parent (at least 35%) and have joint physical custody.
New Mexico child support is calculated based on the income of the parents and the custody and visitation schedule that results from the divorce. The purpose of child support is to spread out the responsibility for the financial care of the children based on how much time each parent is responsible for the children.Cordell Cordell
New Mexican child support guidelines apply to the whole state, including the cities of Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell and Farmington. Variations in support payments may be made by the agreement of parents or at the discretion of a judge presiding over your case.
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