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Should Grandparents Play More of a Part in Child Arrangement Proceedings?

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Often, one of the most challenging aspects of a divorce is agreeing to child arrangements. The Courts encourage parents to try to make these arrangements between themselves in an attempt to keep things as amicable as possible. But in some cases, the relationship between the two parents has broken down so irretrievably that these decisions cannot be made independently or through mediation.

If this is the case, parents can automatically apply to the Courts to resolve the situation. This is not the case for grandparents, however. As grandparents do not have parental responsibility for the child or children in question, they must first ask the Court for permission to make an application for contact with the child (a Child Arrangements Order).

When parents divorce, it can be equally as challenging and frustrating for the grandparents as it can be for the children. Parents can make it more difficult for grandparents to have contact with children, which is regrettable, as grandparents often have close relationships with their grandchildren. This is especially true in a time when it is common for both parents to work full-time, often leaving grandparents to care for or babysit their children. Should grandparents’ custodial rights be considered more when making child arrangements?

At Vines Legal, we understand the important role that each family member plays in a child’s life and that the child’s or children’s needs are paramount. If you would like to discuss a child arrangement case with us, call 01246 555 610 to make a free initial consultation.

By Claire Clark on 3 Dec 2015, 15:41 PM

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