Grandparents have no right of access or contact unless there issome kind of existing strong relationship such as a grandparent has been a carer for some time. The courts wont grant a right automatically.
On these facts therefore the other GPs have little chance of getting residence as they have little contact to date.
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Many thanks - would it also help to get my sister in law to sign a form giving consent to her mum to look after my niece considering she is in hospital with mental health problems or would this carry no weight if it went to court?
Many thanks for your swift reply too - very impressed
Yes, the father is named on the birth certificate but to complicate things further, him and my sister in law were in an abusive relationship - the father has ADHD and was sent to prison for battering my sister in law.
We are not sure how long she will be in hospital but we think it will be weeks rather than days
The father is out of prison. My niece is with her grandparents on her mums side, a very stable family environment but the otrher grandparents I believe are actively looking to gain custody.
Her mother is capable of signing a document giving custody to her mother and i'm sure a doctor could witness it too if that is any help
No, there is no other residence order in place - my niece has always lived with her mum with no orders ever in place