It is often a sad consequence that when parents divorce or separate, this can result in children having limited or no contact with their grandparents. Grandparents have an invaluable role in a child’s life and refusal of contact can be extremely upsetting to both the grandparents and the grandchildren. If you are being denied contact with your grandchildren then we can provide advice on what options can be pursued.
Grandparents have no automatic rights over contact with their grandchildren. If you are unable to resolve disputes over contact informally with the child’s parents, then you may have to apply for contact through the courts. For grandparents, this is a two-fold process:
- You must first apply for permission to apply for a contact order
- Once permission has been granted, you may then apply for the contact order.
The court’s decision on contact will be based on what is in the best interests of the child. As grandparents’ rights can be very complex, it is vital that you receive legal advice on your situation and what steps you can take.
We can provide expert advice on what options are available to you regarding grandparents’ rights and contact with your grandchildren. Solicitors in our family law team are trained mediators, meaning that we can advise you on resolving disputes through mediation, before applying to court.
We understand how upsetting it can be when you are denied access to your grandchildren. For more information about grandparents’ rights and how we can help you, please contact us today.