The judge approved my request

I received a phone call from Probate Court, to let me know that the Judge had issued a ruling.

That may sound a bit dramatic but that’s exactly what happened.

Yesterday, I requested a copy of the adoption decree from when I adopted Gavin. Apparently, there’s a rather significant process involved in doing that and that involves getting permission from the Probate Court Judge.

Rather then walk in and simply request a copy of paperwork, I had to petition the Judge for permission instead.

I get some adoptions are sealed but I’m seeking documentation for the adoption of Gavin, where I was one of two parties. It’s not a secret or something I would have thought was protected.

It’s not a huge deal, I just thought it was a bit odd.

Anyway, the Judge approved my request and I pick up the paperwork this afternoon. While I didn’t think she would reject my request, I’m still very grateful that she was willing to help us help Gavin.

She also happens to be the Judge who granted the adoption and probably remembers us.

Thank you Judge Park, for everything.

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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kimmy gebhardt

I meant to reply to your post about this yesterday and work got in the way, but you already (kind of) explained it. Adoption records are sealed and no one has access unless the judge says so. It is for the protection of everyone involved, especially when the adoption is between parties who don’t know one another. Even if the judge does remember your case out of the hundreds she’s made decisions on, she was following the law rather than helping anyone. In any case I’m glad your court system seems to move more quickly than mine does. To have that sort of thing done in a day is great. Glad it all worked out so easily for you.