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Grandparent’s Rights

If you are not getting to see your grandchildren our family law solicitors can help you understand your legal rights and explore ways to make sure that you can get to see more of your grandchildren.

Our children law solicitors understand that there may be complicated family dynamics that need to be worked through with sensitivity and understanding so, whilst we will advise you on your grandparent rights and the law, we will also try to ensure our legal advice does not exacerbate a difficult family situation and help you reach an agreement without having to make a court application.

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For an initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 01234 343134 or email us at and a member of our team will get back to you.

Legal Rights as a Grandparent

A grandparent can ask the family court for permission to make a child arrangement order application so the grandparent can enjoy contact with their grandchildren. A child arrangement order covers access and contact, setting out the arrangements for you to see your grandchildren.

The amount of contact time the court will order can depend on a whole range of factors, such as the ages of your grandchildren, travel distances and the number of other relatives and time commitments that your grandchildren have.

Although grandparents do not have an automatic legal right to apply for a court order to see their grandchildren, if you are being prevented from seeing your grandchildren, permission to make the court application is usually granted. This procedural permission step should not put you off from trying to secure contact with your grandchildren through a child arrangement order.

Once you have obtained permission to make your children law application, the court will assess your contact application and decide whether contact is in your grandchild’s best interests and what order should be made. This may involve several court hearings.

Agreeing Contact With Grandparents

Most grandparents do not want to think in terms of their legal rights and court applications – they just want to see their grandchildren and enjoy the special  relationship they are being denied.

Losing contact with grandchildren, or only having very limited contact, can occur for many reasons, including a falling out with a son-in-law or daughter-in-law or because of parental separation or divorce and if your son or daughter has not maintained contact but you want to.

Whatever the reasons behind why you are not getting to spend as much time as you would like with your grandchildren, our children law solicitors will try to negotiate and agree to contact to avoid the emotional and financial costs of children law court proceedings for a child arrangement order. Our specialist team can do this by using:

  • Family mediation
  • Solicitor negotiations
  • Arbitration
  • Roundtable meetings

If you are having problems seeing your grandchildren, we recommend that you get in touch with our children law solicitors so we can explore the reasons for the lack of contact and look at your options.

Our family law solicitors are friendly and here to help. We do not judge you or your family but simply help you try and resolve the family dynamics that are stopping you from enjoying the relationship that you would like with your grandchildren.

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We understand that finding a solicitor that you feel understands your own specific situation can be a daunting task. So you can book a free callback with us here.

We have also created a series of fixed-price consultation meetings with a full ‘no questions asked’ money-back guarantee promise.

For an initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 01234 343134 or email us at and a member of our team will get back to you.

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