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The Human Services Department mission is: To transform lives. Working with our partners, we design and deliver innovative, high quality health and human services that improve the security and promote independence for New Mexicans in their communities.

Enforcement Remedies

Child Support Enforcement Division is employed by the public to collect and enforce child support obligations. We understand and sympathize with the financial and emotional challenges faced by split families. Our enforcement remedies are designed to encourage child support collections, as well as cooperation and communication with our field staff. When CSED has not received complete and timely payments we may:

  • Send a letter to the non-custodial parent informing them payments have not been received,
  • Suspend a driver’s license, professional license, hunting and fishing license, or other license,
  • Intercept tax refunds,
  • Place a lien on financial accounts or property,
  • Restrict the issuance of a passport,
  • If one or more of the above enforcement remedies has not worked to address child support arrears, we may request the court to issue a bench warrant.

CSED’s goal is to encourage cooperation and compliance with court orders, not to punish non-custodial parents. If you believe the child support obligation is not fair, you are welcome to request a modification from your caseworker. Financially supporting our children, however difficult, is the most honorable and responsible action a parent can take.