Posted by Jemma Breban on 20th January 2015

Grandparents Rights -In The UK- Family Law CoThe recent Christmas and New Year period makes us all reflect on the past year and time spent with family and friends. The giving and receiving of gifts, and the quality time spent with family during the festive period, is sometimes missed by those that do not have contact with family members. This is often a period where missed relationships are highlighted.

Grandparents are playing an increasing part in grandchildren’s lives, for example supporting families with child care. When contact breaks down between grandparents and grandchildren, whether it be through a marriage breakdown, death of a family member, or through other family issues, it can be a very distressing time for all those involved, but what rights do grandparents have when contact breaks down?

Courts are now starting to recognise the vital role that grandparents play in a child’s life and, although grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with a grandchild, it is very rare that the Court will refuse contact unless it is not safe, or the negative impact on the parents is substantial. The Courts have started to recognise that contact between grandparents and grandchildren can help a child with a feeling of belonging, and generate a mutual sense of well being.

There are many local groups and national organisations which support those that have no contact with their grandchildren. This has helped the Court recognise the vital role that grandparents play.

If you aren’t able to see your grandchildren, here’s an action plan from us here at The Family Law Company.

Action Plan

The Court will only make an Order where an Order would be more beneficial to a child than no order at all. The Court may direct that indirect contact is best for the child, for example letters and presents sent to the child from the grandparent.

Courts will now take into consideration a grandparents involvement in a child’s life. If you have lost contact with your grandchildren and would like to know more about grandparents rights please contact The Family Law Company on 01392 421777 or email [email protected]

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