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Usually, a pre-trial conference is attended by the parties and their attorneys.
If you were to terminate your attorney right before, you could ask the judge to give you hire to secure alternate counsel, but the judge doesn't have to allow it. He could require you to proceed on your own.
You've got to attend the pre-trial conference. It is part of the trial process.
Your best option to stall is to ask for a continuance to secure new counsel if you terminate your current lawyer.
If you don't have something like this to delay the proceedings, you have the right to request a continuance, but if you don't have good reason, it's not going be granted.
A pre-trial conference is meant to get all of the parties together and try to work out a settlement, and also to go over any issues that may need resolving before trial - motions, evidentiary issues, etc.
As for modifying child support, there must be some material and significant change in circumstances to warrant a modification of child support. Thus, she can't just arbitrarily seek changes, but if a change occurs, there would be grounds to seek a modification of support.