At Banner Jones, we know that grandparents have a vital role to play in the upbringing of their grandchildren. When grandparents are denied access to their grandchildren, this can be heart-breaking. Unfortunately though, grandparents do not have an automatic right to have contact with their grandchildren.
The Family Courts do recognise that grandparents are an essential aspect of family life. It is in sporadic cases that the Court would deny access to grandchildren unless there are signs of any abuse or violence.
Is it possible for grandparents to apply to the Courts for access to see their grandchildren?
The law states that only people with parental responsibilities, such as parents, guardians or step-parents can apply for a child arrangements order for time with grandparents. However, grandparents can apply to the Courts to get "permission" for a child arrangements order for time with grandparents.