The discovery process in litigation is designed to allow a party to obtain information that may be relevant to a pending case or may lead to relevant evidence. Thus, discovery will depend upon the facts and issues in each case. Important questions in a custody action may include issues such as incest and suicide and this information may be discoverable.
I would suggest that you contact a family law attorney and get a 30 minute free consultation. You may contact me and I will be happy to discuss the issue with you right away.
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Normally you cannot get these records without a court order. Even then, the court often will order that the records will be reviewed only by the Guardian Ad Litem of the children.
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