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What are the grandparents rights in family law?

06 October 2020 |

If your children are going through a separation or divorce, do you know the grandparents rights? Solicitor Jennifer Hargreaves explains.

In the UK two-thirds of grandparents are looked upon to help with childcare and therefore, their grandchildren spend time with them on a frequent basis. In addition, grandparents can provide a link to the child’s family history and share stories about their parents.

Grandparents are often concerned about the rights they would have in respect of their grandchildren in the event their children separated. Grandparents currently do not have an automatic right to see their grandchildren. This can be very distressing for both grandparents and grandchildren.

However, there are options available to you:

  1. Have an informal discussion with your child.
  2. Have a conversation with the parents of your son/daughter-in-law.
  3. Mediation – an independent family mediator can help discussions in the hope that an agreement can be reached.
  4. Ask the Court for permission to make an application for a child arrangements order for your grandchildren to spend time with you.

Grandparents rights and the family court

The family courts do recognise the invaluable role that grandparents have to play. When considering if you would be granted permission to make an application the Courts would consider the following:

  1. Your connection with your grandchildren.
  2. The nature of your application for contact.
  3. Whether the application might be potentially harmful to the child’s well-being in any way.

Expert family solicitors

If you have questions or concerns about access to your grandchildren, our team of friendly family solicitors can help. Please contact Jennifer Hargreaves on 0117 906 9400 or 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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