Here at Sheppersons Solicitors we understand that this can be a traumatic situation and we have a great deal of experience helping grandparents to gain regular contact with their grandchildren. This can be through negotiation with the children’s parents or if necessary by resorting to action through the Courts.
If you are being denied contact with your grandchildren, contact us to speak to one of our specialist Family solicitors.
What are a Grandparents rights to contact with grandchildren?
In family law cases involving children, the Courts will always judge the interests of the child to be of the highest importance.
A grandparent does not have an automatic legal 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.
Will we have to go to Court to get contact with our grandchildren?
Going to Court is not always necessary. The initial step is to try and obtain contact informally by negotiation with the parent who has custody of the child.
If this is not possible then it may be suitable to attend Family Mediation, however, both parties have to be willing to attend mediation for it to be a viable option.
If neither of these options is effective then it is possible for a grandparent to apply to the Courts to seek contact with the child. An experienced family solicitor will help you to put forward a strong case as to why you should be given permission to make the application in the first place and then spend time with or have contact with the child. This involves showing that you have a meaningful and ongoing relationship with the child that significantly benefits their lives.
If successful, the Courts can grant a Living Arrangements Order which will outline 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 ensure that you receive regular time with or contact with your grandchild which is not at the whim of the child’s parents.
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Two members of our Family law team are members of Resolution.
Members of Resolution are required to follow the Resolution code of practice which commits family lawyers to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way, preserving people’s dignity and encouraging agreements.