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That is frustrating for sure. There's a couple questions in there. First, do you know if you would have qualified for a chapter 7? Do you recall why a chapter 13 was chosen?
Well that is correct that one must qualify to file chapter 7, but given what you described, I wonder if you qualify. Your attorney should have provided you a means test to show you that you make too much money. Social security funds are exempt from that too. If you have adopted 3 people and have at least 4 people in your house, I have a feeling that you qualify for chapter 7. You can convert from 13 to 7 at any time. Maybe that is something you need to look into.
As far as getting the response from your attorney, there is not much I can say for that. It does not sound like he or she is serving you well. Why don't you contact a new attorney? If you do a conversion, there may be money coming back to you from the trustee and that may more than pay for an attorney to convert you.
Does that help?