Albany Attorney John Vansant says a lot of the requests are from people who've either lost their jobs or who are making less money than when their child support payments were set.
He says it's an especially big problem for people in the construction business.
"Contractors that were making hundreds of thousands of dollars or very substantial incomes in 2007 are now in bankruptcy," Vansant said. "They have unfinished homes sitting out there, they can't get construction loans, so these people are faced with a child support obligation way beyond their ability to pay."
Statewide, the number of unemployed people paying child support jumped from 4,000 to 16,000 in the last year.
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