What are my rights as a grandparent?
Here at Woolley & Co, Solicitors we often see the impact that relationship breakdown can have on the interaction between a child and extended relatives particularly grandparents. We will often get contacted by grandparents wanting to know what they can do to see their grandchildren in the event of a separation between mum and dad. In the first instance we would suggest they contact with mum and dad and explain to them why they feel it is important that they continue to have an active role in their grandchildren’s lives. If communication has broken down with mum and dad and it’s not possible to discuss it then we would first suggest you see whether or not you can engage them in the mediation process to discuss how you can have a positive influence in your grandchildren’s lives.
It should be noted that as far as the legal position is concerned and the Family Court’s view, grandparents play a very important part in grandchildren’s lives and it is to be encouraged.
Whilst the Family Court do recognise that the relationship between grandchildren and their grandparents is very important, there is no legal right in the first instance for a grandparent to see their grandchildren. We can help with this because an application can be made to the Court for this to be considered. If you are a grandparent wanting to see your grandchildren and you haven’t been able to do this by talking to mum and dad or through the mediation process then please do contact us because I am sure there is something we can do to help you.