Just adding that I am in MI and was let go of my job after 14yrs due to the economy. At the hearing, the magistrate asked me if I was actively looking for work. In addition to my regular job, I also work part-time for an online company as an independent contractor (which does figure into my support). My answer to his question was: "Yes, I am looking for work additional work online as it will be easier to work around classes. I plan to enroll in community college this fall thru the No Worker Left Behind program (state funded college expenses). I also stated that MI had the highest unemployment rate in the country and the area I lived in was the highest in the state."
My unemployment is 47% of the salary I was making. The magistrate denied my petition for reduction since I was not "actively" looking for work and with my skills and experience, I should have been able to find a job to replace my income.
The funds did not come through for college and I have been looking for a job (and keeping notes). I will try again in January to get my support reduced if I do not find a job by then.
I was very ignorant to think that losing your job and only receiving unemployment would automatically reduce my support. By posting this, I hope to help someone from making the same mistake.