Thank you for your question.
If the judge feels that despite your condition you should be working or earning more, there is not a lot you can do to change his mind. You may consider consulting with a local attorney who has a rapport built up with the judge to see if that would help your case, but as far as your ability to either change jobs or lessen the amount you work, you will have to abide by the judge's child support order.
So, you can either try to find a less stressful job that pays more and allows you to meet your child support obligation or see if your doctor has any ideas on how you can maintain your sanity while working your current hours at your current job.
A judge has the discretion as to whether to lessen your support based on your illness. If the judge is not inclined to cut you any slack, there may not be a lot you can do. Either way, while you are figuring this out, you will want to pay the mandated support and adhere to the judge's order, failure to do so may find you in contempt of court.
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Unfortunately, it is going to be difficult to prove that the judge is discriminating against you because of your disability. Chances are that the judge has a greater interest in ensuring that your child receives the requisite support.
The judge has discretion to require you to pay the amount that she feels that you, as the parent of a child, should be making. Right or wrong, it is within her discretion. I do not think that she is trying to force you to kill someone. It sounds like she is trying to motivate you to earn what it takes to support your child(ren). to me that even if you are unable to continue with your current job, she is recommending that you maybe get one or two other jobs that do not put so much stress on you.
I am familiar with the ADA laws, but I do not think you can prove discrimination. Chances are this judge is not treating you differently than any other parent who tries to reduce their financial obligation to their child(ren) in her court.
I understand your frustration (and if you are not frustrated, you deserve to be). However, the judge is not requiring you to keep a job that will result in a fatality. The judge merely wants you to maintain employment at a level that supports your child(ren). So, no the judge will not be responsible for a fatal accident. (Which I really hope you do not have.) Nor is this discrimination. It is merely a crappy decision that requires your compliance.
I am sorry.
I understand what you are saying, but I am also convinced (as someone who has dealt with this issue many times in family court) that if you told the judge that you were going to change jobs but make the same money, she would not have a problem. I have had clients leave prestigious jobs for less complex jobs, the feeling of the court is that if they can maintain their child support obligations at the requisite rate, the court really doesn't care what you do (as long as it is legal).
The ADA does protect people like you, just not in situations like this. You need to prove that she is discriminating against you and this will not qualify as discrimination. It sounds to me as if this judge is unconvinced about your conviction to support your family and so she is holding you feet to the fire. Keep in mind that judges also have judicial immunity, so it will be very difficult for you to bring any sort of claim against your judge.
Judicial immunity is the immunity afforded to a judge who is doing her job. Immunity means that as long as the judge is acting within the confines of her position, she is immune to prosecution for doing such.
It sounds like you have a judge that is frustrated that you are not working to your full potnetial, regardless of the reason. Although I would love to help you, there is not a lot that can be done.
Judicial immunity is the immunity afforded to a judge who is doing her job. Immunity means that as long as the judge is acting within the confines of her position, she is immune to prosecution for doing such. This means if you sue her, she can use the excuse "I was just doing my job" to get your lawsuit thrown out of court.
In family court, your rights as a mentally ill person trump your right to financially support your child(ren).
With due respect your response was uncalled for. However, your response may illustrate part of your problem.
I wish you the best of luck.
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