Does being awarded sole legal custody entitle me to SS cards and birth certificates?

I was awarded sole legal custody of 3 children and my ex-wife still has possession of their SS and BC. I know that I can get copies of these, but it is cost-prohibitive. I need the BC to enroll my son in driver’s education. Should I expect the court to support me in obtaining these, or does sole legal custody have no bearing in the matter? I am the father on all 3 BCs.

Oftentimes judges will order that the parent in possession of social security cards and/or birth certificates to turn them over to the parent with sole legal custody within a certain time frame. If you already have a permanent order however, it will be difficult to get a second order requiring this to be turned over to you from the other parent.


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Thank you. My ex-wife is attempting to modify physical custody later this month, so it will at least give me the opportunity to bring it up before the judge.