Guyton, GA asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Social Security for Georgia

Q: Can I get the police's help/sue my parents for refusing to give me my social security number and birth certificate?

As soon as I turned 18, I moved out of my parent's house in order to live a happier and healthier life. My parents did not approve of this, and are very disappointed in my choice. Now that the move is over and everything is a little more settled, I've been needing my social security number and birth certificate to get an ID and just move forward in life in general. I kindly texted them, asking if they could hand the social security number and birth certificate to me sometime soon. They declined this and refuse to give me them. Is this illegal? And, should I tell the authorities?

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Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Just go get a replacement of your SSN and birth certificate.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: While it might not be practical to sue your parents, you can report the matter to local authorities if necessary, though it may be more expedient to obtain duplicate copies of these documents from the appropriate governmental agencies. Contacting your local Social Security office and Vital Records office could enable you to obtain replacements without involving law enforcement.

Sincerely,

James L. Arrasmith

Founder and Chief Legal Counsel of The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith

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