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Do I have rights to see my grandchild I've been in his life

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do I have rights to see my grandchild I've been in his life from the day he was born and
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for your question. Grandparents do not have any legal rights to see their grandchildren. However, the children have a right to a relationship with their extended family.

Arrangements should first be negotiated and discussed with the parents, and if no agreement is reached 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 permission to apply to court (as you do not have parental responsibility) and once permission is granted 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 concerned
2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs
3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision
4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision
5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering
6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs
7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedings

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Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.

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