Grandparents’ Rights

Sadly grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. However, family courts recognise the important role of a grandparent in a child’s life and will only refuse access if there is a good reason to do so, for example, evidence of abuse or violence.

Only people with parental responsibility, for example parents, step-parents or guardians can make an application for a Contact Order. Although grandparents’ rights are limited they can apply for permission (leave) to apply for a Contact Order. Good legal advice is essential at this stage, especially if one or both parents raise objections. In this situation, you are likely to have to attend a full hearing in which both parties put forward their evidence. It is crucial to demonstrate to the court that you have a meaningful and on-going relationship with your grandchildren, which significantly benefits their lives. The court will always consider all the child’s circumstances and must only make an order where they consider it better for the child than making no order at all.

Contact Warren’s Family Law for help and advice with permission (leave) to apply for a Contact Order.