Because its Grandparents Day, we thought it would be best to explain what rights you, as a grandparent, have when a relationship breakdown happens within the family.
In the UK two-thirds of grandparents are looked upon to help with childcare and therefore, their grandchildren spend time with them on a frequent basis. In addition, grandparents can provide a link to the child’s family history and share stories about their parents.
Grandparents are often concerned about the rights they would have in respect of their grandchildren in the event their children separated. Grandparents currently do not have an automatic right to see their grandchildren. This can be very distressing for both grandparents and grandchildren.
However, there are options available to you:
- Have an informal discussion with your child.
- Have a conversation with the parents of your son/daughter-in-law.
- Mediation – an independent family mediator can help discussions in the hope that an agreement can be reached.
- Ask the Court for permission to make an application for a child arrangements order for your grandchildren to spend time with you.
The family courts do recognise the invaluable role that grandparents have to play. When considering if you would be granted permission to make an application the Courts would consider the following:
- Your connection with your grandchildren.
- The nature of your application for contact.
- Whether the application might be potentially harmful to the child’s well-being in any way.
If you need help with access to your grandchildren please contact Jennifer Hargreaves on 0117 906 9420 or email@example.com