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LEGAL QUESTIONS & ATTORNEY DWYER'S ANSWERS:
Legal question: The dad of our 2 y old doesn't see her. He'll message me on FB once in awhile only. How do I get custody and how do I change her name?
ATTORNEY TRICIA DWYER'S ANSWER: Hello. Based on what you wrote, my best guess is that there is a court Order about child support, but no court order about custody/parenting time. Generally, a bio' mom in a situation akin to what you described, by law, has sole custody of the child. And generally, the process of a legal name change unfolds by you asking (applying to) the court in which the child resides. Best to you.
Legal question: I have an Illinois divorce decree that says my last name (surname) is different. Will that decree work for MN drivers license, Social Security, and all else?
Attorney Tricia Dwyer's answer: I suggest you read the actual laws and rules on the official government websites of each entity. In my work, I have encountered multiple complex, and highly unusual, legal issues pertaining to proof of identity.
LEGAL QUESTION: I divorced 3 yrs ago. I'd taken my ex'es surname but I don't want it anymore. So I need to reopen the divorce, right?
ATTORNEY TRICIA DWYER'S ANSWER: A legal change of name may be requested in the process of divorce; you stated you divorce three years prior; when an adult wants to seek a legal change of name otherwise, she/he does so by filing a lawsuit with the appropriate county civil court.
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