An agreement must contain four essential elements to be regarded as a contract. If any one of them is missing, the agreement will not be legally binding.
3. Intention (meeting of the minds)
4. Consideration (fair value exchanged)
For breach of a contract, there is a material breach (goes to the very heart of the matter) and an immaterial breach (money damages will help compensate the plaintiff).
In cases of material breach, the party not in breach may revoke their acceptance, so goods/payment are returned.
For immaterial breach, the plaintiff is compensated by the defendant paying for the damages (ie cost of repair).
When services have been terminated due to breach, the non breaching party can sue to recover outstanding amounts owing under the contract.
General Sessions Court (aka small claims) is for cases involving less than $25,000; this is a simpler process than regular civil court so some people will choose to waive any claim above the jurisdictional amount - that is strictly a matter of preference. The form to initiate a complaint is here
and here are the rules
If one wishes to pursue the full amount to which the contract entitles them, that would be done in regular civil court called circuit court, in the jurisdiction where the breach occurred. At this level, it is best to hire legal representation because the process is detailed.
Before filing suit, most courts prefer the plaintiff to send a demand letter, attempting to reach an out of court settlement of some sort (full payment, partial payment, etc).
As for the supervision of the therapist, that would be a matter that would need to be addressed - for example, if this is included as a contract provision and the other party is in breach, then generally that would release all parties as to their liabilities. That would put the therapist in a very uncertain situation unless the defendant can take over the supervision (I am not familiar with the licensing requirements and whether 2 different entities can train)
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