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Grandparents Rights to contact with grandchildren

Following the divorce or separation of your child from their partner, you may also be suffering by being denied access to see their grandchild.

We are experienced in dealing with this type of situation and in helping grandparents to get access to their grandchildren. We can act on your behalf to try and reinstate regular contact with your grandchild. This may be through negotiation with the parent who lives with the children, or if necessary by resorting to action through the Courts.

If you are currently being denied contact with your grandchild, contact us to speak to one of our specialist family solicitors.

What legal rights do Grandparents have?

In English law a grandparent does not have an automatic right to see a grandchild, however, the Courts generally recognise that it is in the best interests of the grandchild to have contact with both sets of grandparents.

In all cases of family law involving children, the Courts will always judge the interests of the child to be of the highest importance.

Will we have to go to Court to get access to our grandchildren?

Going to Court is not always required. The initial step is to try and obtain contact informally by negotiation with the parent who has custody of the child.

If this does not work then it may be suitable to attend Family Mediation, although both parties must be willing to attend mediation for it to be a viable option.

The next options is for a Grandparent to apply to the contact usCourts to seek contact with the child. An experienced family solicitor will help you to put forward a case as to why you should be given access to the child. This will involve showing that you have an ongoing and meaningful relationship with the child that significantly benefits their life.

If you are successful in convincing the Courts that you should be given contact then you may be given a Living Arrangements Order.

A Living Arrangements Order is a Court Order which outlines exactly when you are legally entitled to contact with the child. It will state how and when the contact will take place, for example weekly or fortnightly, and for how long the contact will last.

A Court Order will guarantee that you receive regular contact with your grandchild which is not at the whim of the child’s parents.

Contact us for more information.