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We did have a good marriage but as you can imagine, it’s very devastating what substance abuse can do to the person and, of course, a marriage and a family. I live in Tampa, Florida. My husband, unbeknownst to me, had developed the substance abuse problem. At the height of his substance abuse, he just really wasn’t coming to the house. He had signed a mortgage as a single man, unbeknownst to me and one day I got served with papers that they were foreclosing on the house. That’s my very first case with Ted. And he defended the homestead rights so my sons and I had a place to stay.
Eventually I go back to Ted because my oldest son was officially my step-son, and I wanted to find out legally what were my rights, if any? And I could not have a divorce before a step parent adoption. Ted, every single time was my best advocate. He was passionate, but also laid out the scenario in such a way that the judge was like, okay, I don’t think I’m going to dismiss this motion. He’ll help you really get to the heart of the matter. He’s perfect in that he knows when to be tough, but also that means sometimes giving you some tough advice. At the end of the day, I feel like he has your best interest at heart and he’ll do what it takes to uphold your cause to be that advocate that you need. I have no doubt that he was the right attorney and it was my dream outcome. Without him, I don’t know that it could have turned out like this.