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Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

The Law provides for a bi-annual COLA adjustment on all child support awards. The provision contemplates that child support will be adjusted to maintain its value based on the rate of inflation and the assumption that the income of the person paying child support will have increased by at least the rate of inflation.

If the person paying child support has not received increases in his/her income that are at or above the rate of inflation then that person may oppose the increase.

The COLA adjustment is automatically calculated by the agency collecting child support. If the payments are made directly to the custodial parent then the custodial parent is responsible for providing a notice for an increase to the parent paying support. There are simple forms to complete to do this.

Contact our law office for legal counsel that will respect your needs and provide creative solutions to your child support disputes.


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