Following a divorce or separation the grandparents of any children from the marriage can often suffer by being denied access to see their grandchild.
We understand that this can be a traumatic and stressful situation and have a great deal of experience in dealing with this type of situation.
Our specialist family solicitors can act on your behalf to try and reinstate regular contact with your grandchild, whether this be through negotiation or if necessary by resorting to action through the courts.
If you are currently being denied contact with your grandchild, contact us to speak to one of our specialist family solicitors.
Legally a grandparent does not have an automatic entitlement 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. An application can be made to court for leave to issue proceedings to ensure contact is maintained.
In all cases of family law which involve children, the courts always put the best interests of the children first
Not always. The first step is to try and obtain contact informally by negotiation with the parent with whom the child is living.
If negotiation is not possible then it may be appropriate to attend family mediation, although both parties have to be willing to attend mediation for it to be a viable option.
If neither of these options is suitable then it is possible for grandparents to apply to the courts to seek contact with the child. Our experienced family solicitors will help you to put a case forward as to why you should spend time with your grandchild. This involves showing that you have a meaningful and ongoing relationship with the child that significantly benefits their lives.
If you are successful in persuading the courts of this then you may be given a Child Arrangements Order. A Child Arrangements Order is an order made by the court which outlines exactly when you are legally entitled to spend time with your grandchild. It specifically states how and when the contact will take place, for example weekly or fortnightly, and for how long the contact will last.
If you obtain a court order it will ensure that you spend regular time with your grandchild.
If you would like to discuss an issue with one of our family law solicitors, please contact us and one of our specialist team will be happy to advise you.