Session February 21, 2019
from the Chancery Court for Johnson County No. 6182 John C.
appeal involves a request for, inter alia, the modification
of child support. Because the trial court failed to provide
sufficient findings of fact and conclusions of law, we are
unable to effectively review the issues raised on appeal.
Therefore, we vacate the judgment of the trial court and
remand for further proceedings.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Chancery
Court Vacated; Case Remanded
M. Potter, Mountain City, Tennessee, pro se.
L. Stout, Mountain City, Tennessee, for appellee, Scott D.
W. McClarty, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
D. Michael Swiney, C.J., and J. Steven Stafford, P.J., W.S.,
MEMORANDUM OPINION 
W. MCCLARTY, JUDGE
parties, Lisa M. Potter ("Mother") and Scott
Paterson ("Father") were married in Calvert County,
Maryland, on June 27, 1998. A daughter ("the
Child") was born on April 6, 2003. Shortly thereafter,
Mother filed for divorce, and on January 24, 2005, she was
awarded residential custody and child support in the amount
of $1, 107. The parties have been litigating over custody,
visitation, and support since the divorce. In 2007, the
foreign decree was entered in Tennessee. The following year,
Father filed a motion to modify custody and the parenting
plan. He asked for a downward deviation to compensate for
travel expenses. Child support was deviated downward to $654
per month. On July 9, 2009, Father filed a petition to modify
child support and the parenting plan, alleging that he had
bought a house in Virginia in order to be closer to the
residence of the Child. He asserted that his income had
further significantly decreased since the entry of the
court's order adopting the parenting plan. On February 3,
2012, a motion to adjust child support was filed by Father
requesting a greater reduction in child support and credit
for overpayments made during the past 12 months.
"Statement of Evidence" filed by the trial court on
June 14, 2018, and revised by the court on July 13, 2018,
provides further history as follows:
There were five hearings set that were continued. Hearing
dates were May 4, 2012, July 13, 2012, August 31, 2012,
November 29, 2012 and March 21, 2013.
On May 20, 2013, there was an Emergency Hearing and Motion
for Contempt Hearing. Several facts and findings were set
forth in the Order from that day.
Scott Paterson, Plaintiff/Appellee, appealed the decision.
The Judgment was reversed and the case remanded on May 28,
From January 2015 to September of 2015 there were nineteen
(19) entries to this file . . . includ[ing] several child
support proposals. On September 4, 2015, this case was
referred to The Court Clinic for ...