Often when parties separate grandparents find themselves in the unfortunate position where they are prevented from seeing their grandchildren.
In Law unfortunately, grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. However, you will be pleased to hear that the family courts do recognise the invaluable role that grandparents have to play in their grandchildrens lives.
How do I get to see my grandchildren?
We wil help negotiate for you with the party who the children live with, to see if contact can be re-instated by agreement. If however this or alternative methods such as mediation are unsuccessful a court application may be required.
Only people with parental responsibility, for example parents, step-parents or guardians can make an application for a Contact Order. Whilst your rights as a grandparents are limited you can, however, apply for permission to apply for a Contact Order and the courts will consider the following factors:
- The applicant's connection with the child.
- The nature of the application for contact.
- Whether the application might be potentially harmful to the child's well-being in any way.
If you are successful, you can then apply for a Contact Order through the court to regain contact with your grandchildren. It is imperative that you take good specialist legal advice at an early stage.
Contact us now on 01606 841273 to see where you stand. Family Legal are specialist family law solicitors. we can help you to negotaite the arrangements for your children and where posible will aim to do this amicabley away form court. If matters cannot be agreed amicabley we can help you pursue your application through court. We can do this in a flexible bespoke way to match your needs and budget.
Choosing the right family solicitor is crucial. If you are a grandparent and you would like to know more about your rights or you are not happy with the contact arrangements regarding your grandchildren, our specialist grandparents' rights solicitors can help. Call us on 01606 841273 now for a chat to see if we are the right solicitor for you.