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Hi, I'm Lea and I have reviewed your query.
What do you mean by 'signed her parental rights over'? Was the child adopted by the grandparents?
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If the child was not adopted, then those with parental responsibility remain responsible for paying child maintenance. Therefore the mother (and the father if he is on the birth certificate) will be responsible for paying child maintenance to the grandparents.
It is possible that the parents have a special guardianship order - or they could have a child arrangements order (or residence order as it was called several years ago). Neither of these things end parental responsibility - though an SGO does restrict it quite a lot.
I understood that from your original post - but that doesn't change the parents' parental responsibility - only adoption does that.
Who told you that?
The only way they would have no PR is if the court stripped them of it and the child was adopted.
The grandparents will know what order they have from the court - that will state whether the parents PR has been removed.
I'm afraid that you are misunderstanding the nature of PR - you can't 'sign it over'. It can be shared with more than one other person, e.g. the grandparents can get a residence order (as it used to be) or a child arrangements order lives with (as it is now) which also gives them PR, but it does not remove the PR from the birth parents.
Your sister can contact the court to find out what order was made - they may be able to locate it in their archives.
Yes, if she wants to see the child she can apply for a child arrangements order to spend time with the child.
She probably won't get legal aid - it's only available where there has been domestic abuse between the parties.
See here for more info: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
Contact with the child and maintenance are two separate issues in the eyes of the law - if the grandparents make a claim for child maintenance they may get it. However, as I don't know the specific terms or even what type of order they have, I can't give clearer guidance about that.
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