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We have taken over the care of our grandchildren....and it

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we have taken over the care of our grandchildren....and it may be a long term situation..what steps are required to get a parental responsibility order?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: none yet...the childrens mother is proving to be rather ....uncommunicative...we are on a very low budget so were not looking to file anything unless absolutely necassary
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this yet?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: such as?

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I’ll do my best to assist you.

I've been asked to look at this for you.

I will pick it up first thing in the morning for you, as I'm sure you appreciate it's late.

Could you just clarify if there has been any social services/ local authority involvement?

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Customer: replied 29 days ago.
not at present

OK, you would need to file an application for a child arrangements order.

As you are a grandparent, you need to file a c2 application to ask for permission (as you do not have legal parental responsibility for your grandchildren).

The form is here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/812313/c2-eng.pdf

The main application is on form c100 - here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/form-c100-application-under-the-children-act-1989-for-a-child-arrangements-prohibited-steps-specific-issue-section-8-order-or-to-vary-or-discharge

You file both applications together and the fee to do this is £215, but can possibly get a fee exemption if you are on low income/have low savings. You would need to fill out a fee exemption form (http://www.gov.uk/get-help-with-court-fees)

There is a helpful link here that talks all about grandparents' rights and applying for residence:

https://www.gransnet.com/legal-and-money/a-guide-for-grandparents-seeking-contact-and-residence

I hope this helps.