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Albuquerque Business Journal Covers Cordell & Cordell’s Growth

Albuquerque Business First Albuquerque Business First recently covered Cordell & Cordell’s ongoing expansion with an article about the firm’s new Santa Fe office (150 Washington Ave., Suite 201, Santa Fe, NM 87501). [Read more…]

Cordell & Cordell Launches New Office In Santa Fe, N.M.

Cordell & Cordell new officesCordell & Cordell opened its first new office in 2018 by launching an office in Santa Fe, New Mexico (150 Washington Ave., Suite 201, Santa Fe, NM 87501). [Read more…]

Father says he received huge child support bill by mistake

While some people know that they are behind on child support payments, others are caught by surprise when they are confronted with a bill or a warrant for arrest.

A father in Albuquerque, New Mexico, called a local news station for help after he received a shocking child support bill in the mail.

According to ABC KOAT 7 News, Keith Walker claimed that he got a bill in the mail for $84,000 even though he alleges that he religiously pays for his daughter’s child support. He told the news source that he feels helpless and defeated, as he doesn’t understand why he was targeted for this type of delinquency.

“(I’ve had) a lot of sleepless nights of, am I going to get arrested? After that aired, am I going to get arrested tomorrow, after paying for 18 years?” Walker said to the news source.

Walker also noted that this ordeal has hurt his credit and led to the revocation of his license. The Los Angeles Times reported that credit card companies take failed payments into account when determining loans for individuals.

Former Gov. vows support for family court reform

A former governor and current presidential candidate recently vowed support for family court reform, according to Fathers and Families, a nonprofit organization committed to establishing equal rights for fathers and mothers in the family court system.

Gary Johnson, a former two-term governor of New Mexico, made his support clear while on the campaign trail, meeting with Fathers and Families board chairman Ned Holstein recently in Manchester, New Hampshire.

While governor, Johnson found that many fathers in New Mexico wanted to meet with him about being treated unfairly in the family courts.

During the hour-long meeting after a recent campaign event, Johnson said that “family court injustices are one of the great injustices of our time.” He also asked Holstein what he could do as president about this matter, given that family laws are usually decided at the state level.

Holstein assured him that he could simply tweak the existing laws about child support and other family court issues already on the books, giving states a more clear directive to follow.

Many organizations are taking shape to fight for fathers’ rights on the state level, including Dads and Moms of Michigan, which works to educate people about the importance of shared parenting to lessen the break-up of a family after a divorce or separation.

New Mexico Collects Record Child Support Amount

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.