In cases where Grandparents have been prevented from spending time with their Grandchildren it is possible to apply to the Courts to resolve the problem.
Do Grandparents have a right to see their Grandchildren?
There is no automatic right but Grandparents can apply to the Court, if necessary, although the Court’s permission is required.
How do I get the Court’s permission to apply?
Permission can be sought at the same time as applying to see a Grandchild. The factors a Court takes into account are as follows:
- The nature of the application;
- The applicant’s connection with the child;
- Any risk that the application might disrupt the child’s life and be harmed by it
Out of Court resolution
It is sensible to try and resolve the issue without a Court application and attendance at a Mediation meeting (Mediation Information Assessment meeting) is usually a pre-requisite. We are able to resolve many disputes of this kind without any recourse to the Court, or indeed mediation. By doing so we can resolve the issue quickly and cost effectively.