Bennett James Wills' answer That's extortion. If you don't know the person making the threats it's likely a scam and should be ignored. If it's someone you know, you may want to consider discussing the issue with an attorney and/or reporting the issue to law enforcement.
Bennett James Wills' answer If you file for divorce it is possible to obtain a divorce even though the spouse does not want one. You may have grounds to gain custody of a biological child. If you are attempting to get custody over a non-biological child you'll run into some problems. Consult with a local attorney to discuss and determine the best and appropriate action for your circumstances.
Bennett James Wills' answer You could try to do the divorce yourself with pro se forms provided online at http://tncourts.gov/help-center/court-approved-divorce-forms. It's usually recommended you get an attorney. The issue you seem to have is that you do not know where your spouse is located - and that's going to be an issue. You need to know where he is so you can serve him with the paperwork you file in court.
Bennett James Wills' answer General sessions court civil warrants do not require a "written" response UNLESS it is on a sworn account, which it probably is since Portfolio Recovery is a debt buyer. Tennessee has a sworn denial form here https://www.tncourts.gov/node/1436225 which you can fill out and file ahead of time. The important thing is that you appear in court to contest the claim. You may also want to hire counsel. If they fail to show that you owed any money to the original creditor, fail to show chain of title,...
Bennett James Wills' answer An answer to a complaint is usually just mailed to the other party. Hand delivery is ok as well. But you must complete a certificate of service on your papers so the court knows how they were served. Service must comply with Rule 5 of the rules of civil procedure. If he says he didn't receive the response, just mail him a new copy.
Bennett James Wills' answer If the Tennessee Uniform Landlord Tenant Act applies (as it does in several counties, including Davidson) then the landlord can accept late rent with reservation, which does not waive his right to file for an eviction later on. Consult your lease for your rights and remedies and an attorney to determine your options.
Bennett James Wills' answer Can you sue? Yes. Can you win? That's the more difficult question. There are time limits from when you can file a lawsuit for assault/battery. Plus the facts of each case are different. Consult an attorney to determine your options.
Bennett James Wills' answer To change custody the petitioner would need to demonstrate a material change in circumstances. If nothing has really changed, then he may not prevail. If, however, you hire counsel and do prevail, the court, at its discretion, is permitted to award you with your reasonable attorney's fees per statute.
Bennett James Wills' answer That's likely not possible since in order to get a divorce your spouse would have been required to serve with you the paperwork (complaint, summons, etc.). If you are still concerned, you can go to the local courthouse and do a records search.
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