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When the courts look at giving access to people the the ONLY consideration they have is what is best for the child. They are not interested in any emotions or who's done what etc. However, as you have very kindly and bravely stated, you have had issues in the past, this does not in any mean that you are any danger to your grandchild, however, given all the nightmare stories you hear I am sure you can understand why Social work and Cafcass etc. would have concerns. The best thing you can do, is show that you only have your grandchild's best interest at heart. In addition to this you want to highlight what you would call mitigating factors, this is positive steps you have taken to remove yourself from your past indiscretions. By leaving the marriage, and seeking help for your issues, you have already started to do this. Gather as much evidence as you can to show how you have changed your life. This is not only a commendable act, but also shows how much you care about your grandchild's safety. The fact that you are also only asking for supervised contact goes a long way to show that you are attempting to do the right thing. The best advice I can give you, is to show that you are threat or possible issue for your grandchild (use as much evidence as you can) and display to the court that there would be no concerns with you having supervised visits with your grandchild and hopefully displaying this, the court will find no reason why this should not be the case. Remember that where possible, the courts want children to spend time with their relatives.
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I hope this information has helped. You can find a local solicitor who deals with this on the law society webpage which is;