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Hi, thanks for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-How old are the children?
-When did you last see or have contact with them?
-What issues is the mother raising?
Thank you for confirming. Unfortunately, grandparents do not have automatic rights to contact with their grandchildren - however, the children do have a right to a relationship with their extended family which can only reasonably be restricted if there are child protection concerns or if it is in the children's best interests.
In the circumstances I would suggest that you make a referral to an independent mediator (you can find local ones here: familymediationcouncil.org.uk). The mediator will assist you both in reaching an amicable agreement that is in the children's best interests. If mediation does not help, then you will be able to pursue an application to court under Form C100 together with a £215 court fee to your local family court initially for leave to apply (as you do not have parental responsibility) and then if leave is granted the court will deal with a child arrangement order application and they can make a decision regarding the matter. For your information the Court will take into consideration the following when making a decision regarding the application:1.The wishes and feelings of the child concerned2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedingsIf you have any further questions regarding this please let me know. In the meantime if you found this information helpful please provide a positive rating using the stars at the top of this page. I will not be credited for answering your question without a positive rating. Thank you