Hi, thank you for your question. Who is your granddaughter now living with?
Please confirm the above so that I can assist you
What has your relationship and arrangements been with her and when did you last see her? Are you seeking to care for her full-time?
Thanks. How often would you see your granddaughter?
Thank you. As you may already know, under English law, grandparents have no automatic rights to see their grandchildren. However, the children will have a right to a relationship with their extended family which can only reasonably be restricted if there are child protection or welfare concerns.
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 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 to pursue 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 if it was not clear. You do not have any automatic rights to see the grandchildren - but as you have had arrangements to see them previously which have not stopped because of any apparent welfare concerns you would have good grounds to pursue a court case for a child arrangement order. I refer you to the grandparents association here: http://www.grandparentsplus.org.uk/advice
This organisation can provide further advice and support regarding this matter.
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Your granddaughter has a right to a relationship with you and, based on the information you have given, you would have grounds to pursue a court application for a formal arrangement.
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