Cost of Living Adjustment

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)

Minnesota is one of several states that has a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for child support orders. The amount of basic support ordered is to be adjusted every two years based on changes in the consumer price index or cost of living.

The child support office takes the steps to get the cost of living in the child support orders they enforce. This adjustment happens every other year on May 1.

For cases where the payments are not made through the child support office, the parent receiving basic support must make the application for COLA and may make the request two years after the date of the court order that sets basic support.

An advanced notice, with the proposed COLA amount, is sent to the obligor and becomes effective automatically unless a hearing is requested.

Minnesota Cost of Living

The cost of living adjustment is based on the consumer price index that the Office of the State Court Administrator selects.

For more information about COLA in Minnesota, see the Guide to Child Support and Spousal Maintenance Cost of Living Adjustments published by the Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women.