Very important Little one Help Laws Unanimously Passes Senate – Los Alamos Reporter


The New Mexico State Senate unanimously passed key bills Tuesday to bring the state’s child support laws into line with federal regulations and national best practices. Senate Bill 140, sponsored by Senator Gay Kernan (District 42-Chaves, Eddy and Lea), is required in order for the state to continue receiving $ 147.5 million in federal funding for the Block Grant for Temporary Aid to Families in Need (TANF) and the child benefit program.

“New Mexico is currently at risk of losing millions to federal matching funds,” said Senator Kernan. “This bill not only secures those federal dollars, but also aligns our child benefit laws with best practices from top performing states across the country.”

One of the best practices in the invoice is to revise the time frame for retrospective payment arrears, also known as the “lookback period”, from twelve to three years. This timeframe is often used in the highest performing states and results in higher child support collections. By introducing this three-year “lookback period”, the Human Services department claims that the non-caring parents will generally have more consistent contact with their child.

“With these best practices, we are expected to raise an additional $ 30.9 million for children in New Mexico,” added Senator Kernan. “Although the amounts will be increased for higher-income parents with no custody, the amounts will be more affordable for those with the lowest income threshold, which should improve voluntary compliance.”

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