I can answer for me only- At first it was because I was down for 2 years from 2 back surgeries- couldn’t really do anything.
After that, for several years, I was pretty demoralized- my fault, yeah. But, although I am somewhat better now, back then I was easily intimidated by these people, and they were decidely unhelpful in letting me know how to approach reviews or any other alternative. Their standard reply, paraphrased, was ‘This is what we’ve done, you can’t change it.’ I have since learned that this was a bald-faced lie, but it’s what I got over and over. I have learned that this is a standard tactic- if they can intimidate a person into jsut going along with what they decree, it makes their job easier, makes the department look better for funding purposes, and (imho) it gives some of them a sense of personal satisfaction.
So, a few years later, when I am starting to get some self-respect, and get a little more pro-active, yeah, I have actually had it modified twice. But it’s a huge headache- those forms you’re talking about- every time, I have to do them over and over, because the packet they send me of their own forms is always missing something.
This last bunch- I am not good with this kind of stuff, so I tried to decipher what they were asking, couldn’t. So, I sent it to my ma and sis- they’re way better at paperwork than I am. They couldn’t make heads nor tails of it either.
Best I can conclude is that some basic stuff is again missing. I’m to the point that I think they did at least this last mistake deliberately. I’m also to the point where I’ve given up for a while. I have only asked once for the actual support to be reduced- I could not afford it. The other times what I’ve asked for was that the size of the payments of the back support be reduced.
Why I’ve had to do it more than once is because I’ve changed jobs a couple of times. Every time I have, they up the obligation to an amount that they evidently pull out of a hat, because the order goes out before we’ve even established a wage. The reason I suspect this is because both times, the amount they demanded (and got, till I could get it changed) was in excess of 50% of my wages and this violates their own rules.
But, if they are screwing a person, it does indeed take a lawyer to remedy the situation. And if that person is being screwed by them in the first place, s/he doesn’t have the resources to get a lawyer. This is my experience. YMMV
As I indicated above- I think the idea of these agencies is good- I ain’t no angel, and if it weren’t for them taking the money, I know she would not get it consistently, I am not that good a guy. So, I’m glad they do it, because I know it’s my obligation, she could use it, and I really do love my son very much.
But they really have turned a good idea into a heavy-handed, megalomaniacal, in cases, illegal, reality. There are lots of shit heads out there, I know. But they are also grinding good people to dust.
I have experienced exceptions to this type of treatment, to be fair. But they have been mighty few and shortlived. In general, I find their tactics as they have been directed at me and others (not all, but I haven’t been able to figure out the basis for being treated humanely) to be strongly reminiscient of RL trolls.
I would like to thank you though for bringing the matter of the forms/ability to initiate modifications on your own in at least some locals- I was so busy ranting, I neglected to. That wasn’t very helpful on my part.
FTR, I only recently was raised to $12.00/hr- I have been paying in excess of $400.00/mo for a long time now. That doesn’t leave much, especially when I was at $10.00/hr. But I am to the point, as stated above, where I am making it paycheck to paycheck, as long as nothing goes wrong.