Whilst in reality, the family Court recognises the importance of children spending time with their grandparents; grandparents have no automatic rights.
Grandparents may be able to get time with a grandchild, or grandchildren if one, or more of the following are true:
As with any other legal matter involving children, the Court will only allow a grandparent time with a grandchild, or grandchildren, if it is in the child, or children’s best interests.
In the absence of serious welfare concerns, the Court will typically consider that it is in your grandchild’s best interests to spend time with their extended family following a divorce or separation.
It is now obligatory for grandparents to try to reach an agreement through mediation before applying to the court. In advance of you making any application, you need to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). The purpose of mediating is to make one final attempt to resolve matters, before going to Court.
Duncan Lewis is ranked and recommended by the Legal 500 UK Legal Directory for its Family & Matrimonial work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel, and members of the Law Society Children Panel – so our team is well placed to help you with any specific issue disputes.
Duncan Lewis Private Law Children Solicitors can help you get access to your grandchildren where contact has been denied, or restricted following separation. If you require help and assistance in this regard, please call us, or contact us using our online form.
Duncan Lewis Private Law children Solicitors offer a fixed fee for most private law children matters involving applying for a court order. Thereafter, all work will be carried out by way of our competitive hourly rates.