Relationships between family members can become difficult following divorce or separation, Grandparents who have previously enjoyed free access to the children can find that they are excluded because a recently divorced or separated parent does not want to maintain contact with the other parent’s family. This can be particularly difficult for grandparents with whom children often have a deep bond. There is no automatic right for grandparents to be able to see their grandchildren but an application to court for an order that a parent allow contact is possible. The views of both parents and the children’s wishes and feelings will be taken into account. The level of involvement and the relationship the grandparents enjoyed previously with their grandchildren is also a relevant factor.
Trying to negotiate seeing your grandchildren when your own child is also having a difficult time communicating with their former partner about seeing them can be particularly distressing and grandparents often feel obliged to ‘take a back seat’.
Grandparents don’t have an automatic right to maintain contact with their grandchildren but they can apply for permission to make an application for the court to consider whether there should be an order that specifies when and how children should see the grandparents. An application to court should be a last resort however and this is one of the many areas of family law in which careful and sensitive communication with the children’s parents is essential and can make all the difference to the outcome.
Thank you so very much for your expert advice and guidance over the past 3 years. As I say I just can’t believe what an amazing effect it has had on me since walking from the court yesterday! I don’t mind saying as I walked back to the car park I shed a few tears of total relief of my nightmares finally coming to an end! Life can now start again and I can look forward with so much more positivity and control of it.Mr J.S
Thank you so much for all your hard work. You have been brilliant throughout from start to finish. I'm putting the house on the market this week. Once again thank you so much.Mrs E.M
Huge, Huge thanks for all your help, support, hard work and legal advice, it has felt like a long journey from when I first sat in your office but suddenly the case is resolved. The arrival of my Decree Absolute happened to coincide with my collection of a new car so it was a monumental day and truly marked a new chapter in our lives, thank you for making that possibleMrs L.K
You were very fair with your charges and I really appreciate all your help. I can now look forward to the future and the next chapter of my life. Once again thank you so much for all your support through this long process and for your endeavours on my behalf. Best wishes and a huge hugMrs M.R
Thank you for everything you have done for me and having patience with it all, so very happy to be divorced!Mrs T.G