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Unfortunately, based on the facts as you have stated them, there is no compelling solution for you. One major problem here is the passage of time. The law likes finality and, as such, there are strict rules on how and when support should be changed and how judicial orders may be subject to appeal.
You stated that the support period ended in February of 2003, ten years ago. That being the case, any time period in which you could have sought a modification or file an appeal has long since run. Meaning, you have no ability to change the amount of the arrears.
I would suggest that the only possibility is reducing the amount of the payment. Based on what you have stated, it appears that you may have a significant problem in making your ongoing payments. If you do, in fact, become disabled or your income is otherwise reduced, you might consider requesting a reduction in your monthly payment.
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Thank you for answering my question. The only reason I never appealed anything was all of these years, because of my ignorance in how all of this worked, I assumed the payments were going directly to my son. Of course my feelings changed when I realized my son doesn't receive any of this money.
At any rate, if I lose my job and find it necessary to ask for a reduction, is this something that I can do myself, or will I absolutely need to hire an attorney to handle this for me?
Well, you don't "absolutely" need an attorney, it is certainly possible to proceed as your own attorney. Having said that, a family law attorney would be familiar with all the local laws and rules, would know the assigned judge and would otherwise help ensure the best possible result.
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