Excellent news - she will get a shock if she tries to enforce as you will ask the court to suspend the payments and will be successful.
There will have to be a hearing I am afraid
You have to attend the court and place your arguments in favour of a reduction and your ex has to have the chance to rebut them.
Equally she has to go to court to enforce the order - and you get a chance to oppose it
In fact the two cases will be amalgamated
This will be a directions hearing at which the Court will make Orders about what paperwork will be required for the next round.
You can also ask for the current ordered to be suspended whilst the matter is ongoing
In court at the hearing and yes the existing Order
There will have to be a second hearing - any suspension would be temporary - until the outcome of the application
Yes the court has that power pending the outcome of the final hearing
I suggest that you prepare a short position statement setting out the current position and asking for the current order to be suspended
Yes polished up that covers it very well
Why did she not suspend?
You have done everything correctly so at this stage you need to drop it to a nominal payment (to show willing) and allow arrears to accrue until November when the matter will be resolved
You were certainly unlucky at the last hearing - but provided your income has indeed decreased as dramatically as you say then you will eventually win through.
Calculate how much less your income is than it was and apply that percentage to the maintnenance
It is up to each party if they wish to have representation or not - there is no requirement for both parties to be represented
It is up to you if you feel that you would prefer to have some one else represent you
It is often better to have a second opinion of the case you are making - so yes it may help but is not necessary
Yes that is correct
No you are all set
Which part are you not happy with?
I think you have done exceptionally well
It would have been nice to have got the arrears remitted - but that would have been the cherry on the icing on the cake - and you managed very well.
As a guide if your ex was very unhappy at the end you did very well indeed