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    Default about Social Services

    ok hopefully i can make this as brief as possible. My girlfriend went to NC to a court date on termination of her parental rights because her exhusband has custody of her son. He is getting remarried and trying to take the child away from her. He has controlled every visitation to the child and every phone call. If she tries to call the boy she has to call him first to make sure that is alright. Any ways the person that he is marrying we think has had her children taken away from her by SOcial Services. We are not sure about that but almost positive. Is there any way to check on this. At the court date the judge couldn't decide at that moment so he put if off for two month's. All together there is five lawyers in this and it is becoming confussing. Three of them are just looking out for the rights of each individual involved. The only reason he is terminating the custody is because she wants to adopt the child and we have sent EAster baskets and cards and have made atempts to contact him. One other thing the child lives with the Ex's mother and grandmother for the last 5 1/2 years. He just started living with the father after we sent back our response to the information he told the court. Any help would be apperciated thanks.

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    Default Finding Court Records of Parental Rights Termination

    Go to the County Court in the jurisdiction where any parental rights litigation would have been filed against the woman, and have them search for any cases involving her name.

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    It is kind of hard for us to do that since we live in NY and they are in NC. That is where she had her kids taken away at. Is there any way of doing it online that you know of.

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    Default Finding Court Records

    Search for the court's website and see what features it offers - court websites range from "we don't have one" or basic contact info, all the way through systems which offer broad access to court records (albeit sometimes at a fee). You can also contact them by phone.

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    just another question. Why couldn't our lawyer look up that information. I understand that he has alot of work to do but if it was to help our case I would think that he would want to. He told us that he couldn't do that.

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    Default Looking up court records

    I don't know why he would say he can't help you. Perhaps he will explain if you ask.

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    All he said was that he didn't want to know how we got it just ot get it. Now is it legal to find these things out by just calling or do you have to be a lawyer or a cop of some sort.

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    Default Finding Court Records

    If the records are not under seal, they should be treated as public records - anybody can get copies. If they are under seal, you can typically only get copies if you are a party to the litigation, a lawyer on the case (or guardian / guardian ad litem to a party), or by court order.

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