New Mexico’s Human Services Department collected a record amount of child support enforcement payments over the last fiscal year that ended June 30, the Republic reports.
The state agency collected more than $123 million, an increase of 7 percent from the previous year.
Approximately two-fifths of New Mexico children live in single-parent homes, and nearly 30 percent of the income of families in poverty comes from child support payments.
The state collected most of the outstanding payments by withholding money from wages and collecting tax refunds and gambling winnings.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is working to increase the number of parents paying child support, recently announcing a week-long amnesty program, the Greenwich Time reports. The reprieve is available to individuals living in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia counties, where more than $3 million in outstanding child support payments is due.
This system allows parents with outstanding warrants for their arrest due to unpaid child support to visit a Child Support Enforcement Division office in the state and pay a bond without fear of arrest. As a result, the warrant will be erased. After the amnesty, the state will seek out all parents with outstanding warrants.