Termination of parental rights is a very drastic measure by the state. Termination of parental rights is a measure of last resort to protect a child. One question that comes up is whether termination of parental rights also terminates New Mexico child support obligations.
The New Mexico Court of Appeals case of Aeda v. Aeda dealt with the survival of child support obligations for a parental whose parental rights had been terminated. In brief, does a termination of parental rights end that parent's obligation to make child support payments that were imposed by a divorce decree?
In a nutshell, termination of parental rights severs all ties between the parent and child. This means that child support obligations do indeed cease with the termination of parental rights in New Mexico.