Child support runs through the child reaching the age of majority or graduating from high school, which ever occurs last. Child support will continue. There may be an issue if you are relying on an order setting support from out of state.
I know you don't like it, but you need to take Mrs. Sinclair's words of caution and temper yourself before you appear in court. You are walking a fine line when claiming the other parent is inappropriate for contact with the child because you did find it appropriate to have a child with this man, thereby calling your decision making and responsibility into question.
That does not mean grounds do not exist to limit or supervise parenting time. Present your knowledge of his drug use to request...
Yes. Statutes in TN specifically allow an award of attorney fees when litigations the best interest of your children. Your lawyer does not need to abuse this statute by running up a big bill. A court still has discretion in the ultimate award.
With collection of past due child support, you can offer your lawyer a percentage of child support collected in lieu of hourly payment and still request fees. That my help if you are having a problem paying your attorney.
As long as Father's girlfriend is taking your son to appointments during Father's parenting time, there is not much of an issue. If he schedules these appointments during your parenting time or there is actually something wrong with her, issues arise which you should take to an attorney.
Besides that I agree with Mr. Seino. You need to engage in self help on school issues. A lot of school information is on the Internet. Use it. Be careful about complaining that you are fourth up on calling...
If you have children with your soon to be ex, you need to tell him about who you are seeing if that man is allowed around your children. Legally it is not required. In a dispute over custody, the people a parent allows around the children will be a factor. A parent being forthcoming with this information is viewed as better able to co-parent. If there is something wrong with a parent's new partner, that partner should not be around the children anyway.
For the judge to finalize a contested divorce without plaintiff, you will need a counter complaint alleging appropriate grounds and requesting a divorce for judge to rule on. If your case was settled, the judge can have an uncontested hearing with just you to finalize.
You'll need to develop your facts much more to get advice. Who has held the majority of parenting time? What has been the traditional division of parenting time? Is there any reason you shouldn't have custody? Any reason your ex shouldn't have custody?
It all depends on what you paid the lawyer to do. If he/she performed the work to earn the fee, then there is nothing to recover. If you paid the attorney in advance and changed your mind before he earned all of the fee, there may be a small amount of money to recover. If the papers were completed, this attorney most likely earned this fee and could actually be owed additional fees.
I am not completely clear on your question. Was your parenting plan entered in Tennessee or another state? The state's attorney (Title IVD) attorney will represent the state in collecting child support owed for your child. Besides that, the state does not have an interest in your parenting plan's enforecment or modification. You will have to hire and attorney or represent yourself in mediation and/or court.