Grandparents do not automatically have any legal rights in respect of their grandchildren. If contact has broken down between grandparents and their grandchildren, we can discuss with you your options. These can be:
The current law means that grandparents have to apply to the court for leave (permission) to make an application to the court, they can’t simply apply to the court for a Child Arrangements Order.
We can assist in preparing your application and/or representing you at court. The District Judge/Magistrates will decide whether to grant you permission to make the application. Thereafter, Cafcass will carry out a safeguarding check. If there are no safeguarding issues, the court may make an order as to what sort of contact will be in the children’s interests. If there are safeguarding issues the court will order that Cafcass prepare a report on the issues and Cafcass’ recommendations will be considered by the court as to the type of order that may be made.
If you would like more information on your rights as a grandparent or would like to come in to talk to us, you can contact your local Sheltons branch.
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