Family Law

Grandparents

Dedicated and experienced

At Browell Smith & Co Solicitors our dedicated and experienced family law team has advised many grandparents on either the separation of their children’s relationship or because of the involvement of a local authority (also known as social services).

A relationship breakdown can be an extremely difficult and emotional time for all the family, especially when children are involved. If the parent has yet to seek their own legal advice then it would be suggested that they do so first.

If there is a dispute between them then they may be able to resolve it with assistance and advice which in turn doesn’t affect you, the grandparents, too much and without the need for them to then get further involved.

Whilst grandparents (and anyone without parental responsibility) do not have automatic legal rights, the Family Court does recognise the invaluable role that grandparents have to play in the grandchildren’s lives and it is very rare that a court would refuse a grandparent contact unless there are specific safeguarding concerns for that child (such as evidence of violence or abuse).

A grandparent is usually likely to be able to commence such an application for contact by way of a Child Arrangements Order to the Family Court, by first applying for permission from the court. Provided that the court is satisfied that the connection to the child is substantial and the nature of your application is appropriate then you are likely to overcome this hurdle. The court will then consider your application as a whole. The court will always act in the best interests of the child involved.

Grandparents may also be faced with cases where their grandchildren are being threatened by local authorities with being fostered or taken into care. The same process would need to be undertaken to be able to be considered by the local authority as a carer for the children.

Contact our expert team today to arrange an initial consultation at any of our offices, in Newcastle, Cramlington, Ashington and Sunderland, or alternatively by phone, to discuss your particular requirements.

Gemma Iceton

Solicitor & Head of Family Law

Heather Armstrong

Solicitor - Family Law

Laura Robinson

Legal Clerk - Family Law

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