Limited situations exist in which you can pursue a reduction in your child support obligation due to some sort of hardship, a situation that impacts your overall financial situation, according to the American Bar Association Section of Family Law. The initial stage of this process is composing a hardship letter, a document explaining your situation to the court and how it impacts your ability to satisfy an existing child support obligation.
Address the hardship letter to the judge who issued the initial child support order.
Set forth the specific hardship that motivates your request to seek a suspension, reduction or even elimination of your child support obligation. For example: you lost your job and possess no reasonable employment opportunity at this time.
State explicitly that the hardship is through no fault of your own: using the employment example, that you lost your job through no fault of your own and that you are not intentionally unemployed.
Set forth the specific relief you desire from the court and sign the letter.
Go to the clerk of the court and obtain a motion to amend child support order form. The clerk maintains a selection of forms used by people without attorneys in child support proceedings.
Complete the motion form, following the directions provided by the court clerk.
Attach the hardship letter as an exhibit to the motion. File the motion and letter with the clerk of the court. Mail a copy of both documents to the other parent.