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I understand that you have previous had a really good relationship with your grandchildren and I am very sorry to hear that the mother is choosing to no longer promote that relationship.
In your circumstances I would suggest that you consider making an application to your local family court for a Child Arrangements Order.
This is an order that sets out when you can spend time with your grandchildren.
The first step you need to take is to refer your case to family mediation. There are lots of family mediation services and there will be one local to you. If you google family mediation in your area and then you can give them a call to self refer to them.
Mediation is a prerequisite before you can make an application to court.
Mediation will try and help you agree with the mother that you should be able to spend time with your grandchildren.
If mediation doesnt help reach an outcome that is agreed then the mediator will sign the application form that you need to make the application to court.
The Court Form is the C100 Form and as you are grandparents and do not have parental responsibility then you also need to complete Form C2 asking the courts permission to bring proceedings.
The court will make an order if tehy consider the same to be in your grandchildrens best interests. They will consider the previous relationship that you had. It is important that children are aware of thier heritage so this will also be a factor in your case. The wishes and feelings of your eldest grandchild are also likley to be considered and given appropriate weight given her age.
There is a court fee of £215 which may be reduced or waived depending on your circumstances.
If the court makes the order then the mother can be sanctioned if she does not comply.
It is better to make your referral to mediation and if needs be your application to court asap as the longer it goes on without seeing your grandchildren the harder any reintroduction could be deemed.
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