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How to Compose a Hardship Letter for Child Support

author image Mike Broemmel
Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.
How to Compose a Hardship Letter for Child Support
A judge alters a child support obligation downward only upon a clear demonstration of a hardship. Photo Credit: moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images

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.

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Step 1

Address the hardship letter to the judge who issued the initial child support order.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Set forth the specific relief you desire from the court and sign the letter.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Complete the motion form, following the directions provided by the court clerk.

Step 7

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.

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