Q: I was adopted as a child, how do I get a copy of my original birth certificate?

According to Chapter 174 of the California Family Law Practice and Procedure, the original birth certificate “may be opened for inspection only” by submitting a verified petition to the superior court “in the county where the adopted person resides or in the county where the adoption was decreed.”

California Family Law Practice and Procedure also includes a sample of the verified petition that the person can submit to obtain the court order.

Go to any of our four  locations to look for practice treaties to help you draft your legal paperwork.