I cannot work and I'm in arrears. I files a petition with the court to suspend it. I live in my can I suspend it
Our government operates on a few simple principles because our government is frightfully simple. One principle that comes to mind is that 'one-size-fits-all' where a law is written and enforced as if it will resolve all ills no matter the operative facts. That's the same as ramming a square peg into a round hole. Another principle is that may apply in your case is 'the-loudest-squeak-gets-the-oil.' That's the one where if you yell loudly enough, you'll be heard.
This means filing a single downward modification petition is not a loud enough squeak. You'll need to file several successive petitions to establish loudness to the point that the support court will listen to you. Try three successive petitions. That is an average used by these courts.
Remember that American justice is a bloated bureaucracy where employees have an inflated self-image and are drowned out in their own glory. Statutes are written by elected officials who have no business being members of government. This combination when slammed together guarantees failure in every endeavor. You have to out-think the stupid in order to get results. That takes the help of a lawyer who has been through this cockamamie apparatus for a while.
If you do not have the funds to invest in your case, you'll get no profit from it. That is also a principle of the American justice system. 'Money-buys-justice.'
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