Paying child support is a legal obligation. If an individual fails to make child support payments, then there are several collection methods that the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) of the New Mexico Human Services Department can use to enforce child support orders and collect past due child support.
These include, but are not limited to: wage withholding; liens on property; seizing bank accounts and other assets; intercepting tax refund; findings of contempt, which could include fines or jail time; revocation of driver's and professional licenses; and, denial of passports.
The most common collection method used by CSED is wage withholding, which is similar to a garnishment. A wage withholding order instructs the employer of the non-paying parent to take the child support payments directly out of the non-paying parent's paycheck and send those funds to CSED.