Although it is generally recognised that grandparents can play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, grandparents do not have automatic grandparents rights and so do not an automatically have the right to apply for contact with their grandchildren.
In many cases following the breakdown of the relationship between parents, contact between grandparents and their grandchildren is negotiated outside of proceedings or develops as part of a child arrangements order granted to the child’s parent. However, where the relationship between the grandparent and the parent with whom the child is living has broken down and a grandparent is prevented from seeing their grandchild, they may consider applying for a Child Arrangements Order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989.
Jacksons are closely involved with Grandparents Plus and recognise that grandparents also play a very important role in a child’s life therefore support is always available.
Please call a member of our team to find out how we can help or to arrange a meeting where we can discuss your options and give legal advice regarding grandparents rights.
Alternatively, please contact us online and we will get back to you.