What is a Cost Of Living Adjustment clause?

By |2022-04-06T14:54:47+00:0011 Oct 2017|Categories: Child Support|


When parents choose to split up, a child support order dictates just how much and how often one parent pays for the ongoing needs of the child. The amount of child support in each payment varies from case to case, depending on the needs of the child and the resources of the parent given the order. However, as any parent can tell you, a child’s needs evolve constantly, and the overall cost of living in California is rarely static either.

One of the primary concerns of parents who receive child support payments is often understanding how to make sure that the child support payments can change if the needs of the child change or the cost of living increases. There are a few ways to approach this. One of the most useful is a Cost Of Living Adjustment clause (COLA clause). When a child support order contains such a clause, the amount of child support increases or decreases according to fluctuations in the cost of living where you live with the child.

An experienced attorney can help you explore other ways that you can build specific provisions into a child support agreement that allows child support to adjust if the needs of the child change drastically. In many instances, a judge may allow for a regular reassessment of the terms of the support, such as every two years. If support does not cover the needs of the child appropriately, a judge may adjust the payments during this reassessment period. Be sure that you have all the help you need to address your child support concerns and make sure that the child you love receives the support he or she needs while your rights remain protected.

Source: Findlaw, “Child Support Modification FAQ,” accessed Oct. 11, 2017

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Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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