Can I have a child support agreement in one state and a parenting plan in another?

Question:

Can I have a child support agreement in one state and a parenting plan in another?

I’m in the military and currently stationed in Arizona. I filed for divorce in the state of Arizona to go along with child support. No parenting plan is in effect, because the state of Arizona told me they have no jurisdiction on my kids since they live in New Mexico and have so for a few years. Is the child support “transferrable” to New Mexico, so that I can do the parenting plan in that state? What’s the best course of action to take?

Answer:

You can Domesticate the Arizona Divorce Decree and Child Support Order in New Mexico and get a parenting plan. However you must contact a New Mexico attorney regarding the requirements for the domestication and the filing for the parenting plan. I believe you will need a certified copy of your Divorce Decree and Child Support Order.

Good luck!

Patrick Sampair
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