Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required:
-What arrangements have there been to date?
-Are you seeking information regarding arrangements for you or your son?
-Is he named on the birth certificate or were they married?
Thanks for confirming. Firstly, as a grandparent you do not have any automatic rights to contact with your grandchildren but your grandchildren have a right to a relationship with their extended family.
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 child'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 permission to apply (as you do not have parental responsibility) and if permission is granted, which it would likely be as you have had a history of arrangements and relationship, for a child arrangement order and the court 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
Apologies for the delay in responding. As he is not named on the birth certificate he does not have parental responsibility and therefore has no rights to be involved in major decisions regarding her upbringing. However, the child has a right to a relationship with him and he does not require parental responsibility in order to apply to court to seek arrangements to see her. This can be followed in accordance with the information given previously and above.