LARONDA F. JOHNSON
Assigned on Briefs October 2, 2017
from the Circuit Court for Montgomery County No.
63CC1-2015-CV-879 Ross H. Hicks, Judge
an appeal from the trial court's order concerning
retroactive child support. Because the trial court's
order lacks the findings of facts and conclusions of law
required under Tennessee Code Annotated Section
36-2-311(a)(11), we vacate the order as to retroactive child
support. The order is otherwise affirmed.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the trial court
is Affirmed in Part; Vacated in Part, and Remanded.
LaRonda F. Johnson, New Market, Alabama, pro se.
P. Mathis, Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Barry
Armstrong, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
Thomas R. Frierson, II and W. Neal McBrayer, JJ., joined.
MEMORANDUM OPINION 
minor child ("the Child"), at issue in this case,
was born in December of 2000 to Appellant LaRonda F. Johnson
("Mother") and Appellee Barry Dominick
("Father"), who were not married. The facts are
disputed as to whether Mother notified Father about the Child
before the Petition to Establish Parentage was filed. Mother
currently resides in Alabama with the Child, and Father
currently resides in Tennessee.
April 29, 2015, the Child Support Office for Tennessee
("the State"), ex rel. Mother, filed a
Petition to Establish Parentage against Father. The
State's petition was heard by the Magistrate on March 15,
2016. Mother and Father both testified at trial. In her
Findings and Recommendations, the Magistrate established
Father's paternity and, inter alia, awarded
Mother a $34, 920.00 judgment against Father for 60 months of
retroactive child support. Father filed a Motion for
Rehearing in the Circuit Court ("trial court"). The
de novo hearing was held on July 8, 2016. As is
relevant to this appeal, by order of July 12, 2016, the trial
court ordered Father to pay retroactive child support dating
back to May 1, 2015, the first day of the month following the
filing of the Petition to Establish Parentage. The trial
court also credited Father with $1, 264.00 for payments
toward his child support arrears and entered judgment in the
amount of $3, 974.00 for retroactive child
support. Mother appeals.
parties raise two issues, which we restate as follows:
1. Whether the trial court erred when it ordered Father to
pay retroactive child support from the date of the filing of
the Petition to Establish Parentage instead of from the date
of the Child's birth?
2. Whether Father proved, by clear and convincing evidence,
that a deviation from the child support guidelines for the
purpose of determining retroactive child ...