Hi, thank you for your question. What further action or investigations have social services undertaken regarding the incidents you have outlined?
Thank you. What involvement does their biological father have?
Thanks for confirming. Firstly, as you are grandparents you do not have parental responsibility and have no automatic right to apply to court regarding any arrangements for the children. However, you are entitled to apply for permission initially, and you need to demonstrate what relationship you have with the children and if this is a strong and consistent relationship you will likely be granted permission. Thereafter you can apply for a child arrangement orer for where the children should live or who they should see (ie. a contact or residence order). You will be able to pursue an application to court under Form C100 together with a £215 court fee to your local family court 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,
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Given that you have had a long relationship with the children it is in their interest that this continues and as contact has stopped, if it cannot restart through negotiations or mediation you should consider applying to court as (based on the information you have provided) you would likely have good prospects and if an order is granted it will be enforceable if breached.
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