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Theresa Cay Langford

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  • I was divorced several years ago. My divorce decree says I can restore my maiden name. I want to hyphen to maiden-married?

    Can I do that when remarrying?

    Theresa’s Answer

    Yes. You can actually use any name you wish, but the important issue for you is if SS an Tx Driver's LIcense will accept it, and make the changes accordingly. The order probably says your name change is authorized to your maiden name; and SS and TDL may claim that the hyphenated name is not authorized. The easiest way is to go into SS with your court order, and submit a name change, the way you want it done; and see what happens. You may end up with a need for an adult name change proceedings. Good luck!

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  • SDU/OAG letter.

    I was divorced in TX, by virtue of the agreement it was ordered in the Final Divorce Decree that I do not have to pay the child support unless I have a job. I do not have a job despite the fact that I am struggling. I am applying for a job that ...

    Theresa’s Answer

    It is unlikely that you will force the OAG to give you anything they don't want to, without a court order. Your best bet is to get the statement "no case open for this SSN" in writing. I have never heard of the SDU or OAG issuing such a letter, but it costs nothing to ask. Good luck.

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  • Change custody and back child support

    I do not have custody of my son. I owe back child support about $10000. My son for the last 2 years has lived with his grandparents and not his father. I don't have custody because I moved to Michigan with my son after leaving my ex and could...

    Theresa’s Answer

    Robert von Dohlen is right - you have a lot of moving pieces. You will have to address the child support issue, as well as the circumstances of leaving to Michigan and not returning. If dad is out of the picture, you will have to contend with grandparents, as by your description, they may very well have standing.

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  • Does he still have time to file a waiver?

    I filed the petition for divorce almost two months ago. I informed my spouse and handed him a copy of the filed petition as well as the waiver/answer forms. He then decided not to file an answer nor a waiver. I understand he technically has not be...

    Theresa’s Answer

    It needs to be signed, notarized and filed. It can be filed at any time, however, if you are anticipating an uncontested divorce, it appears that your case is headed a different direction. He needs to be served, and you need to hire a lawyer. At this point, he does not sound very dependable.

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  • How can I get a divorce if im deported and my wife lives in the US, but she will not file for divorce. But will sign for it.

    I recently got deported and I want to divorce my wife who lives in the US. I was married in Hidalgo County but since I cant cross the border, and she will not go and file the divorce papers but she will sign the divorce, IS there a place in Reyno...

    Theresa’s Answer

    You can still get a divorce. There are many good attorneys in RGV, including McAllen, Mission, Edinburg areas. You can handle it via telephone, email, fax, skype. If it is necessary that you appear for a hearing, the courts there are equipped to handle telephone/video conferencing. Good luck.

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  • Where can I find someone to draw up court papers for a motion to modify temporary orders?

    I received temporary orders in court on the 5th of march. stating that i was to give possession of my husbands and I's home to him on the 30th of March. I am wanting to modify that and the custody arrangement. based on the fact that i am unable t...

    Theresa’s Answer

    Your problem is difficult, and there are many family lawyers on this site to contact and discuss your options. Your deadline is immediate, and that creates a new problem. It 'might' be possible to ask for and get additional temporary orders, but it is going to require more than merely not liking the first set of orders. I take it that you were not represented at the hearing. You need to retain an attorney. Whether or not you will be escorted out on the 30th - probably not on that date, but probably soon thereafter. Has the judge signed Temporary Orders yet? It matters. You need to talk with family/friends, and get a retainer and hire a lawyer, and find a place to live. Even if it is possible to change the orders later, you still have to move out now.

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  • What happens when an unadvised custodial parent does not file court ordered documents?

    My ex and I had a hearing over 8 months ago. Neither one of us could afford and attorney. Judge ordered ex to draw up document showing a set amount of child sup. and he would pay insurance. The Judge has rejected his paperwork a few times and n...

    Theresa’s Answer

    When you say 'the State is stepping in' are you referring to the Attorney General? It's possible, that since child support is involved, the Court directed them to draft the order - although that would be unusual. It appears from your question that 8 months ago, the Court rendered judgment, and it has not been reduced to an enforceable order yet. If that is the case, you would first need an order, then petition to modify it. Modifying within such a short period of time would require a fairly substantial change of circumstances; not merely disliking the earlier result. Without more information, it is difficult to say - you would need to take the entire file to an attorney in your area to review and determine if you have options.

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  • My ex husband threatened to kill me. My question is if it's a terroristic threat how much jail time will he receive??

    I called the police department to my house. They saw the text messages that he was sending me, and said that I will be contacted by a detective and he will be charged with terroristic threats. The officer told me that he will have a restraining or...

    Theresa’s Answer

    The police will investigate, and make a determination if he is to be charged, and if so, with what. After that, the DA will review it, and if it proceeds as a felony, it will also be reviewed by a Grand Jury. When and if he charged, he will be arrested, and a bond will be set. Thereafter, the criminal case proceeds through the system. In the meantime, you should consider modifying your current orders if he has any possession and access to the children. You should also consider asking for a protective order through Family Court, if not issued by the magistrate. Good luck.

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  • My husband & I purchased a home before we were married, but due to my poor credit and IRS owing, we verbally agreed...

    Only his name would go on the loan / deed. Now we are divorcing and he is saying that the home is 'his only' and that I have no claim. We are in Texas. I paid him 10,000 dollars toward the purchase of the home, and I had to sign a letter of 'gif...

    Theresa’s Answer

    You probably realize by now, that you shouldn't trust this guy. Property purchased before marriage is separate property. Based upon the apparent records, he will be able to support that claim. If you wish to have any real representation of your rights in this lawsuit, you should find an experienced family lawyer immediately. Good luck.

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