When a relationship breaks down, it can be difficult for the parents to agree on what arrangements need to be made for the children. This can affect all family members. Grandparents can sometimes be overlooked in the courts or when parents are deciding what is best for their children which can cause huge emotional stress on the children as well as the grandparents.
Oftentimes, grandparents suffer hugely from the eventual outcome as they do not get to see their grandchildren as often as they would like. Many people do not know that like parents, grandparents can apply to the court in order to make contact arrangements to see their grandchildren.
With a huge surge in the number of applications regarding this matter, it is becoming more and more recognised by the courts that grandparents play a significant role in the upbringing of children and have a positive impact on their lives. It is great to see people taking positive action to ensure that they are allowed to have regular access to their grandchildren.
By talking to a divorce solicitor in London, grandparents are able to be advised on the path they need to take in order to obtain legal rights to visit and spend time with their grandchildren. Our family law department specialises in all aspects of child proceedings during separation, including applications that are made by grandparents.
What is Parental Responsibility?
Parental responsibility is a term coined for the rights that parents have in making important decisions regarding the welfare of their children. Fathers who are not married to the mother of their children do not have this right automatically. Nor do grandparents. An application, therefore, is required to be made to the court to enable a person to have parental responsibility or to enter into an agreement with the parents.
It can certainly be very frustrating for a caring grandparent to be overlooked when it comes to the considerations and needs of a child. We believe that in the best interests of the child that they should have time with their grandparents when they can. A divorce solicitor in London can enable you to have the access that you deserve.
How do the proceedings take place?
Initially, we attempt to negotiate with the child’s sole caregiver in order to reach an agreement quickly and seamlessly. This can be successful and arrangements can be agreed. If not, we need to apply for a contact order.
Court proceedings go through several hearings and we are here to support and guide you through every step of the way. We ensure that all of the documents that are required are available so that there are no unnecessary delays. It is our aim to work through these proceedings as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Once a contact order has been made, the stipulations need to be adhered to by all parties. It is a legally binding order which will invoke repercussions if not followed.