Grandparents rights are quite limited when it comes to custody or visitation of a child. If you want to apply for a Contact Order for your grandchildren, we serve clients in Caernarfon and the North Wales area and can offer you legal advice.
In an acrimonious relationship breakdown, grandparents can be denied contact with their grandchildren, despite previously having spent time caring for them. Presently the law gives no automatic rights to grandparents to have contact with their grandchildren.
Fortunately, contact could be ordered by the Family Court through a Child Arrangement Order.
Because grandparents don’t usually have parental responsibility the court needs firstly to give them permission to apply for a Child Arrangement Order. The Court will consider the following in deciding whether to grant permission:
- Your connection with the child.
- Nature of application for contact.
- Whether your application might be potentially harmful to the child’s well-being.
If one, or both parents raise objections you will likely have to attend a full hearing where both parties can put forward evidence.
The court will always consider the child’s circumstances and will only grant an order where they consider it better for the child.
We can assist you with this process with the aim of persuading the court that you have a meaningful and on-going relationship with your grandchildren which significantly benefits their lives.
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