Grandparents rights to contact with grandchildren
If you are being denied contact with your grandchild or grandchildren, contact us to speak to one of our experienced family solicitors who will advise you on your rights and help you to try and obtain contact with your loved ones.
Contact with grandchildren
When a relationship breaks down it is not uncommon for grandparents to be denied contact with their grandchild by the parent who the child resides with. This can cause distress to the child and to the grandparents.
If the issue cannot be resolved informally by the parties involved then it may be possible to pursue contact with the child through the courts.
Under the Children Act, grandparents can make an application to the courts seeking contact with the child. The welfare of the child is considered by the court to be of paramount importance in all family proceedings of this type and the application for contact will be judged on that basis. The court will consider all the child’s circumstances as well as the child’s wishes and feelings when making a decision. They will consider:
- The applicant’s connection with the child
- The nature of the application for contact
- Whether the application might be potentially harmful to the child’s well-being in any way
If a parent raises objections to contact being granted you are likely to have to attend a full hearing in which both parties can put forward their evidence. At this stage you will need to persuade the court that you have a meaningful and ongoing relationship with your grandchildren which significantly benefits their lives. It is critical that you have effective legal representation at this stage from a lawyer who has experience of these types of proceedings.
What is a contact order?
A contact order is an order which requires the person who the child lives with to allow the child to visit or stay with the person named on the order, or for that person and the child otherwise to have contact with each other. If a contact order is granted it will state how often and when the contact will take place.
Here at Norrie Waite and Slater we have successfully helped many grandparents to establish contact with their grandchildren. Contact us to arrange a consultation.