Unfortunately during the breakdown of many relationships maintaining contact with grandchildren can sometimes be extremely difficult.

Unfortunately during the breakdown of many relationships maintaining contact with grandchildren can sometimes be extremely difficult. It remains the case that grandparents have no automatic legal right to secure contact to their grandchild, however there are a number of options to be explored to try and maintain or re-establish this important relationship. Grandparents could consider approaching the child’s mother or father following any relationship breakdown to make clear that they wish to maintain contact with their grandchildren regardless of the factors involved in the parties relationship breakdown.  

In some cases, this is not possible for a variety of reasons and it may be that this direct approach is not practical or beneficial. If this is the situation, then a referral for mediation could be an option to try and aid the parties in reaching an agreement about contact. 

If no satisfactory outcome is reached through this means, grandparents may wish to seek the advise of a specialist family law solicitor to obtain information about the possibility of issuing an application to the Court. As grandparents have no automatic  legal rights to apply to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order, which is an Order previously known as Contact Order referring to the time that a person will spend with a child, any grandparent looking to apply would need to seek permission of the Court to make an application in the first instance. In order to be successful on an application for permission to apply for a Court Order, the grandparents would need to demonstrate an important and meaningful connection to their grandchild and explain their motivation for applying to the Court. If permission is granted, the Court will go on to consider the application for a Child Arrangement Order and determine what, if any, evidence is required to make a final determination as to whether an Order is required and if so, the terms of the Order.

If you’re a grandparent and want support and advice about having contact with your grandchildren then we have a team with expertise who can assist. Call us on 01752 663295.

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