Negotiate an agreement with the other parent to modify child support
Before negotiation you may want to consult the book, "Getting to Yes" to learn some proven techniques. Consider before negotiation your best and worst alternatives to coming to an agreement with your coparent. Since the law in California requires a substantial change in circumstances for a Judge to modify child support absent an agreement, you may want to go to the child support calculator at http://www.childsup.ca.gov/Resources/CalculateChildSupport/tabid/114/Default.aspx to enter your change in circumstances (ie. wage reduction) and see what guideline support would be. Absent unique complexities most child support modification could be negotiated.
Get your court documents
Goto http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/forms/ and download from the family law drop down tabs the following forms: FL-350, FL-192, FL-191, FL-195 and FL-196.
Fill out the forms
Fill in all blanks and check all boxes that apply. Consult the clerk in your county's court to learn whether they require notarization on form FL-350. FL-192 requires no filling out, but is a mandatory disclosure for your benefit. FL-196 contains the instructions for FL-195.
File the documents with the court
Take the documents along with copies to the court which issued the current support order and in the family law business office present the forms to a clerk for filing, then pay the filing fees to the cashier OR apply for a fee waiver.
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