Being a grandparent can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Yet if your child’s relationship breaks down – through no fault of yours – it can be difficult to maintain a loving, close relationship with your grandchildren.
Understanding your grandparents’ rights will help you with the process of being able to stay in contact, and at Harrogate Family Law, we will guide you every step of the way with our expert team of family solicitors.
Do Grandparents Have Rights?
The short answer is, no – by law grandparents themselves do not have automatic rights. But your grandchild does have a right to see you. Sadly, very often, grandparents are overlooked when there are divorce proceedings. The end result could be that your grandchildren move away with one parent and you can’t see them, which can be deeply distressing for both the grandparents and the grandchildren.
Under the Children Act 1989, grandparents can apply to court to see their grandchildren. Depending on your specific situation, it may be that you should apply for a court order. This could include a Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order. At Harrogate Family Law, our solicitors will listen to your situation and advise on the best way to help you see your grandchildren. Although we can’t make up for lost time, we will always aim for the best possible outcome, with your family’s needs as our number one priority.
Local Solicitors in Harrogate, Yorkshire
Our team of family law solicitors is based in Harrogate and we help clients across Yorkshire with their, often complex, family law matters. Grandparents’ rights can be a sensitive issue and we take the time to listen, respond and act accordingly to your wishes.
We are ranked joint No.1 for divorce and family law in North Yorkshire by Chambers UK and Legal 500.