Grandparents Rights

Our family solicitors in Sheffield know how important grandchildren are, who else cherishes a child like a grandparent. However, we know that sometimes children fall out with their parents no matter how old the child. This can leave grandparents being unable to spend time with their grandchildren. Our family team have helped many grandparents spend time with their Grandchildren, we know how special the relationship between you is.

As a grandparent, you do not have any automatic rights to see your grandchildren. The court’s primary concern, like yours, is the children's welfare. If the court consider maintaining a relationship between child and grandparent is in the child's best interest then the court would make an order providing a grandparent to spend time with the child. If you have enjoyed regular time with your grandchildren, for instance providing child care while a parent is at work, or spending holidays with the child during the school holidays or during the weekend, then this can only go to strengthen your case to spend time with your grandchild.

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As a grandparent you do not have an automatic right to apply to the court if you are being denied access to your grandchildren, you have to ask the court for permission. The court views grandparents as an important part of a child(ren)’s life and generally permission will be granted especially in circumstances where you have been involved in the child(ren)’s life.

The court has a whole range of orders that can be made in favour of grandparents depending on individual circumstances. It is not always possible to agree with the parents as to what time you can spend with your grandchild(ren) and the court can make an order that you spend defined time with them. If necessary an order can be obtained for your grandchildren to live with you or for what is called a special guardianship order however, these orders are usually only made if the parents are unable to care.

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