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Grandparents’ Rights to Contact

26/01/2018

Grandparents Right to Contact

Grandparents play an important role in modern family life, and often spend significant time with their grandchildren. However, when there is a breakdown in the parents’ relationship, this often has an adverse effect on the contact between the grandparents and the grandchildren.

If a grandparent’s contact with their grandchildren has been stopped or limited, in most circumstances contact arrangements can be negotiated with the parents through a family solicitor.

However, if an agreement is not possible, then the only way forward may be for the grandparents to obtain a court order. Whilst parents and those with parental responsibility have the right to apply to see their children, this is not the case for grandparents. Instead grandparents need to first seek the court’s permission to apply for an order to spend time with their grandchildren. There are certain factors that the court would consider when determining an application for permission.

If permission is granted, the court will then go on to consider if, when and how often the grandparents should spend time with their grandchildren. The children’s welfare and best interests will be the court’s paramount consideration. Therefore, if it is in the child’s best interests to see their grandparents, this should be permitted.

For further information on Grandparents’ Rights to Contact or any other Family law matter, please contact Ushma Parmar on 02034901475 or via email to u.parmar@johnsandsaggar.co.uk.