The House of Commons held debate last week on the issue of Grandparents Rights to relationships with their grandchildren. The current law is defined by the Children Act 1989, and requires grandparents (and other extended family) to apply for permission before a court will consider any application.
Changing the law to take away the need to apply for permission first may speed up the process, but any decisions relating to the time spent between children and family members will be based on what is in the child’s best interest.
If you have any queries about the rights of family members to have time with child family members, please give me a call. More information about children applications can be found at www.freeths.co.uk/legal-services/individuals/family-law/arrangements-for-children
"Divorce and family breakdown can take an emotional toll on all involved, but the family dynamic that is all too often overlooked is that between grandparents and their grandchildren. "When access to grandchildren is blocked, some grandparents call it a kind of living bereavement."