Joseph K. Strickland, Jr. was killed on September 8, 1976, while performing services arising out of and in the course of his employment. He was survived by his widow and her son, Paul, and his son, Patrick, who was living with the mother and stepfather. The insurance carrier was paying the benefits to the widow for a surviving spouse and two surviving children. The widow was not paying any portion of the workmen’s compensation benefits to Patrick. Patrick demanded that the carrier pay a portion of the benefits to him, but the carrier refused. This action was then commenced on November 29, 1977.
The trial court made the following findings of fact and conclusions of law:
6. Rhoda Ann Strickland is the widow of decedent and presently has the care and custody of the one stepson.
7. Rhoda Ann Strickland and her minor children were totally dependent upon the defendant [sic] at the time of his death.
8. Patrick K. Strickland is the surviving son of the decedent by a former marriage between the decedent and the plaintiff, Elizabeth Cunnan.
9. Patrick K. Strickland although under the age of 18 was not at the time of his father’s death, dependent upon his father for support or maintenance but was in fact supported by his mother and stepfather.
10. Security Insurance Company of Hartford is paying the maximum com-' pensation benefits pursuant to the law in the amount of $114.61 per week to the widow, Rhoda Ann Strickland, and has been paying such full benefits since the death of the above-named decedent.
11. Security Insurance Company of Hartford has failed and refused to pay to Patrick K. Strickland all or part of the compensation benefits being paid to Rhoda Ann Strickland.
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
1. The minor children, Paul Strickland and Patrick Strickland, are surviving children of the decedent as defined in Section *21959-10-12.11 of the New Mexico Workmen’s Compensation Act.
2. Under Section 59-10-18.7(C) Rhoda Ann Strickland is entitled to receive fifty-five percent (55%) of the decedent’s average weekly wage for herself and for the benefit of Paul Strickland and the plaintiff is entitled to five percent (5%) of the decedent’s average weekly wage for the benefit of Patrick Strickland, all as limited by Section 59-10-18.2 of the New Mexico Workmen’s Compensation Act. ******
4. Compensation benefits in that amount are payable to the plaintiffs from the date of filing of this lawsuit, which was November 29, 1977, until the end of the compensation period.
The trial court then entered judgment on September 7, 1978, as follows:
1. The Plaintiff is entitled to compensation benefits in the amount of $9.55 per week, such amount to be deducted from Defendant, Strickland’s weekly checks and made payable by the Defendant Security Insurance Company of Hartford. The compensation benefits in that amount are payable from November 29, 1977 through the period of compensation provided by the New Mexico Workmen’s Compensation Act.
2. The Defendant, Security Insurance Company of Hartford is ordered to deduct $9.55 per week from the Defendant, Rhoda Ann Strickland’s bi-weekly checks until Defendant, Security Insurance is repaid the sum of $9.55 per week which represents the overpayment to her from November 29, 1977, to August 15, 1978, the date of judgment.
3. Defendant, Security Insurance Company of Hartford, shall continue to pay to Rhoda Ann Strickland the sum of $105.06 until further order of the Court.
Plaintiff’s appeal concerns the amount of the weekly compensation he will receive and the failure of the trial court to award him some percentage of the money paid to the widow for two children, when she, in fact, only had one child.
Section 59-10-18.7(C), N.M.S.A.1953 (2nd Repl.Vol. 9, pt. 1, Supp.1975), subsequently amended, see § 52-l-46(C), N.M.S.A.1978, states:
C. if there are eligible dependents entitled thereto, compensation shall be paid to the dependents or to the person appointed by the court to receive the same for the benefit of the dependents in such portions and amounts, to be computed and distributed as follows:
(1) to the child or children, if there be no widow or widower entitled to compensation, thirty-five per cent [35%] of the average weekly wage of the deceased, with fifteen per cent [15%] additional for each child in excess of two ;
(2) to the widow or widower, if there be no children, fifty per cent [50%] of the average weekly wage of the deceased, until remarriage;
(3) to the widow or widower, if there be one  child, fifty-five per cent [55%] of the average weekly wage of the deceased;
(4) to the widow or widower, if there be two  children, sixty per cent [60%] of the average weekly wage of the deceased; or
(5) to the widow or widower, if there be three  or more children, sixty-six and two-thirds per cent [66%%] of the average weekly wage of the deceased
Section 59-10-12.10(A) and (E), N.M.S.A. 1953 (2nd Repl.Vol. 9, pt. 1), subsequently amended, see 52-1-17, N.M.S.A.1978, states:
Dependents. As used in the Workmen’s Compensation Act [59-10-1 to 59-10-37], unless the context otherwise requires, the following persons, and they only, shall be deemed dependents and entitled to compensation under the provisions of the Workmen’s Compensation Act:
A. [A] child under eighteen  years of age or incapable of self-support and unmarried.
*220E. [Qjuestions as to who constitute dependents and the extent of their dependency, shall be determined as of the date of the injury, and their right to any death benefit shall cease upon the happening of any one of the following contingencies:
(1) [Ujpon the marriage of the widow or widower.
(2) [Ujpon a child reaching the age of' eighteen  years, unless said child at such time is physically or mentally incapacitated from earnings, or upon a dependent child becoming self-supporting prior to attaining said age.
(3) [Ujpon the death of any dependent.
Section 59-10-12.11, N.M.S.A.1953 (2nd Repl.Vol. 9, pt. 2), now 52-1-18, N.M.S.A. 1978, provides in part that “child” includes stepchild as well as natural child. Under the foregoing state of the record (no transcript having been filed), we must decide what the percentage of the average weekly wage Patrick is to receive.
Former § 59-10-18(a)(2), N.M.S.A. 1953, subsequently repealed by the Laws of 1959, ch. 67, § 32, provided in part:
If there be dependents entitled thereto, such compensation shall be paid to such dependents or to the person appointed by the court to receive the same for the benefit of such dependents in such portions. and in such amounts as the court, bearing in mind the necessities of the case and the best interests of such dependents and of the public, may determine, to be computed on the following basis, and distributed to the following persons: .
A comparable provision does not appear elsewhere in the Workmen’s Compensation Act as it existed on September 8, 1976, nor is there any legislative guidance given in the Workmen’s Compensation Act for a situation such as exists in the present case. However, in Anaya v. City of Santa Fe, 80 N.M. 54, 451 P.2d 303 (1969), our Supreme Court held that, although the Workmen’s Compensation Act did not specifically provide for equitable defenses, the court had considered equitable claims and defenses in workmen’s compensation proceedings and that equitable considerations would apply in workmen’s compensation claims and defenses. Thus, the trial court was not without authority to make an equitable allocation.
Absent a transcript of the proceedings, we cannot say that the trial court did not properly apportion the award equitably, having in mind the necessities of the case and the best interests of the dependents. This is further verified by the court’s finding that the widow and the stepchild were totally dependent upon the decedent, and that the natural son, Patrick, was not dependent upon decedent, but was, in fact, dependent upon the mother and stepfather.
Accordingly, we cannot say as a matter of law that the trial court abused its discretion in making the allocation award. In so holding, we do not say that given a change of circumstance the trial court would be precluded from changing the percentage of distribution. Such would be within the equitable powers of the trial court. Anaya v. City of Santa Fe, supra; cf. § 52-1-56, N.M.S.A.1978.
If Patrick was eligible for a percentage of the benefits, his eligibility started the same date as the other dependents — September 8, 1976. The cause is remanded to the trial court for a determination of benefits to Patrick from September 8, 1976. That amount will be paid to Patrick by defendant, Security Insurance Company. Security Insurance Company shall deduct from Rhoda Ann Strickland’s award the sum of $9.55 per week until Security Insurance Company is repaid.
The cause is remanded to the trial court for proceedings consistent herewith.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
HERNANDEZ, J., concurs.
SUTIN, J., dissenting.