We are the maternal grandparents supporting our daughter for custody of the 4 children in this case. The 4 grandchildren have been placed on an interim court order at the paternal grandparents since July 1st. We have been given a positive viability assessment for special guardianship whilst the PGP's have been declined twice by the local authorities. They have now commissioned a new independent report, again financed by the local authorities. We have been advised that a barrister who would represent us at the final hearing, which is scheduled for a 6 days, would cost us upwards of £ 20,000 and as I mentioned earlier, every other party will have a barrister representing them, including both parents, the local authority, the children s guardian and the PGP's. As detailed in our first enquiry, we feel very strongly that this is against our basic human rights under EU law and we are being discriminated against.
The children's guardian wants to keep all 4 children together. We are aged 63 & 61 and the PGP's are 68 and 64 so realistically we have said we would care for the eldest 2 in the short / medium whilst our daughter would care for the younger 2. As always, matters are complicated as she has been involved in a controlled and abusive relationship and she has not always made the right decisions in life, especially in her children's interests. In the medium to long term we would want her to care for all 4 children with our support. The biggest problem in that she lives in Bracknell near the PGP's family whilst we are in North Norfolk and there are concerns regarding contact arrangements. In the short term we do not believe that the the authorities will support her having all 4 children, hence the 2 x 2 option with her relocation to North Norfolk. She has finally seen sense, albeit very late and has issued divorce proceedings.
Our main concern is that there should be a level playing field with regards ***** ***** when the matter comes to court on the 21st October.
There are many factors preventing this such as the size of our home, transportation, financial resources and the fact that the youngest child is just 2 years old. We are told that any commitment and responsibilities that we make to take on all four children will be until the age of 18, at which time I will be 80+ years old.
Yes, we are putting a joint plan to the courts
No, we are not parties to the case. The local authorities in Bracknell have advised us that we are not eligible for funding.
We don't seem to be getting any nearer to an answer to our original question in respect of our European Human Rights ?