Subject: 14 year old grandson Josh Parents: Mother and father not married, separated when Josh was a year old. Mother died when Josh was 10 years old and his 23 year old elder brother and guardian (Paul) has been looking after him since and shares Parental Responsibility with Josh’ father. Josh’s father has not had met with Josh for 11 years and has played no part in his upbringing although, as noted, he shares PR with Josh’s elder brother/guardian. Due to a change in his domestic circumstances, Josh’s brother/guardian asked if Josh could come and live with me, to which I readily agreed and Josh has been living with me since !st June 2014 and attending a local high school. Paul has provided me with signed letters giving me authority to arrange Josh’s education and health matters. I am not sure of the strength or legality of this arrangement and I think that I should for Special Guardianship, a course of action to which both Josh’s guardian and father agree and seems to legalise the present informal arrangement My question is, ‘Do you think this an appropriate course of action and do I have a chance of succeeding?
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I thank you for your response.
Being the grandparent and not a parent of the child, I find the online documentation rather confusing when one steps out of this parent/child envelope and I am just trying to find out that what we have in place at the moment is both sufficient and legal and if not, what should take it's place. I am also not sure how this would protect the child should his absent father object to the arrangement. I tried reading about a Residency Order but I couldn't really make sense of it.
Josh is adamant that he wants to live with me and we all now consider this a permanent arrangement so I just need to be sure that there are no unexpected problems lurking round the corner. Josh's father has contacted me and after explaining the situation to him he has stated that he has no objections.
I hope this is of some use and my apologies for my disjointed response.