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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-How old are the children?
-What have the arrangements been in the past for the grandparents to see the children?
Thanks for confirming. Grandparents have no automatic rights to see their grandchildren, however the children have a right to a relationship with their extended family.
In the circumstances I would suggest that you firstly make formal proposals to the parent's for there to be an arrangement for contact. If that does not help I would suggest 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 (as grandparents 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 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 proceedingsI hope this assists you. 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 your question without a positive rating. Thank you