Hey, hold on there yourself. My statements were based on hers. I asked why he wasn't working a 2nd job because she had not brought it up. You are offering up an excuse based on nothing other than your friends' set-up.
Her husband has not gotten to the bottom of the excessive child support. He can whine to whomever he chooses but it isn't solving the problem. Has it occurred to you that if one job isn't cutting it then it's time to reevaluate that job?
Actually, yours were based on Hope's reply to OP. As far as her husband reevaluating his current job, no, that isn't what I would be doing, either. Looking at the calculations, it DOES appear to be a well paying job. The problem is in how the support has been calculated. Since THAT is the issue, getting a different job, or even two, will only make it worse because the ex would have child support reevaluated herself, based on his higher income. Guess what will happen then. He will have to pay even more. That's why I suggested that they keep fighting with those in charge if child support there, until they finally get someone to actually listen to what has happened.
But Hope's post makes sense, too. OP asked for opinions, and, Hope gave hers. I actually agree with her. I suspect that OP husband's ex did it because of OP income. They are likely including hers in the calculations, which increased the support amount. And, if that's the case, I would have a hard time saying "no, you shouldn't divorce him", especially if that would alleviate financial stress for BOTH of them.
OP, I am curious about visitation, too. How often do you see his kids? Is there any possibility of 50/50 custody? I don't know how CS works in Louisiana, but I believe it can be reduced, here anyway, if the parents have 50/50 custody. If that is feasible, I would look into it.