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Grandparents do not have an automatic right to have contact with a grandchild and there are several steps that have to be taken prior to them being permitted to contact the child, if at all. Firstly the court encourages mediation, which you may opt to not to go to or you may attend and say why it is that you have refused contact. Whatever is said during the meeting you may ask for that to be recorded and reported to the court.
If mediation is not successful, the grandparent has to first apply for permission to apply for contact and there will be a hearing as to whether they should be allowed contact.
essentially in determining whether there should be contact the court will look at what is in the child’s best interest. They will consider such factors as:
a. The nature of the proposed application.
b. The grandparents connection with the child.
c. Any risks there might be of the application disrupting the child’s life to such an extent that they would be harmed by it.
you will also be able to give evidence as to any factors which you believe the court should consider in its determination of whether there is any risk posed to the child.
My recommendation therefore is for you to respond to the letter stating that you will object to any applications for contact and state briefly why. This is so it is in record from the outset what issues you have with the grandmother. Of course, you do not in theory have to respond, you could simply wait for the court application at which point you could state why you are objecting.
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