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Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents are often a crucial part of a child’s upbringing and family life, and yet when parents separate, grandparents do not automatically have the right to see their grandchildren. Sadly, a complicated divorce can make life extremely stressful for grandparents.

Our team of grandparents’ rights solicitors are highly experienced in supporting clients and protecting their relationship with their grandchildren.

At Gardner Croft, we take our time to get to know our clients’ needs, allowing us to provide bespoke legal assistance.

We specialise in supporting grandparents with various legal matters, including:

Speak to our Grandparents’ Rights Solicitors in Canterbury Today

To get in touch with our grandparents’ rights solicitors in Canterbury, please call us on 01227 813400, email enquiries@gardnercroft.co.uk or fill in our simple online enquiry form on the right-hand side of the page to request a call back.

Why Work With our Grandparents’ Rights Solicitors?

Our grandparents’ rights solicitors are committed to supporting you to remain part of your grandchildren’s lives, despite difficult circumstances. We realise that it the idea of not being able to see your grandchildren is extremely concerning and are here to offer practical legal guidance to see you through.

Gardner Croft has a fantastic reputation in the community. Our high-calibre legal team strive to put our clients first every step of the way. We’ll attend to all of your needs and concerns and ensure that you fully understand the legal processes involved.

Our Grandparents’ Rights Solicitors Approach

Our solicitors will attentively listen to your needs, seeking to find constructive solutions to your legal problems, no matter what your circumstances are.

Our grandparents’ rights solicitors can offer you:

  • Unbiased advice about your legal options, supporting you to make a well-informed choice.
  • Specialist legal guidance from lawyers with expert accreditations and plenty of experience.
  • Personalised solutions, understanding the diverse requirements of every family and grandparent.

Our Grandparents’ Rights Expertise

If your child is going through a divorce or separation and you are concerned about your rights as a grandparent, our specialist lawyers can offer legal assistance to ensure that you can still see your grandchildren.

Grandparents and divorce matters can be complicated, but rest assured our expert lawyers can assist you to resolve any issues that you are having in order to keep in touch you’re your grandchildren. If one of your grandchild’s parents is making it difficult for you, we can offer assistance using mediation and negotiation processes.

Our advice on issues of grandparents’ rights covers various matters, including:

  • Appealing a decision to rehome your grandchildren (if their parents have passed away, or if their parents are not a part of this decision).
  • Maintaining contact with your grandchildren when your own child’s access to them is limited.
  • Advice on adopting your grandchildren.

Applying For a Court Order to Access Your Grandchildren

When you are attempting to gain grandparents’ access rights, you may find that mediation processes are unsuccessful, particularly during a conflict-stricken divorce. If our grandparents’ rights solicitors cannot resolve your situation with mediation, we can support you to apply for a Court Order.

Our expert lawyers can guide you through each stage of this process, ensuring that you understand your legal position, how to prepare, and what to expect. The Court will determine the type and amount of contact that reflects the best interests of your grandchild.

Applying for a Special Guardianship Order

In some situations, you may need to secure more permanent grandparents’ custody rights, for example, by applying for a special guardianship order. These orders are used to grant the applicant increased parental responsibility, necessary in situations whereby the child’s own parents cannot currently see their children, or perhaps have limited access.

Finding yourself in this situation is unbelievably difficult. Our specialist lawyers are here to provide understanding and practical assistance, helping you to adapt to the duties of your new situation. For more information about applying for a special guardianship order, contact our family solicitors in Canterbury Kent.

Child Arrangements Orders for Grandparents

A child arrangements order establishes where a child will live and who they will spend time with. They are often used during divorce proceedings. Grandparents do not have the immediate legal right to apply, they must first contact the Court to gain permission.

When considering a grandparent, the Court will reflect on various things, including:

  1. The reasons that the grandparent has applied for the child arrangement order
  2. How the application might disrupt the child’s life
  3. The grandparent’s connection to their grandchildren

If you’re a grandparent and you’d like to apply for a child arrangement order, our specialist lawyers can support you throughout every stage of the process.

Adopting Your Grandchildren

Under some circumstances, it may be necessary to adopt your grandchildren, for instance, if their parents are unable to offer the care that they need.

We appreciate how difficult it is to learn that your child cannot care for their own children. Our team is here to offer sensitive and constructive support. Our solicitors can offer all the legal advice and guidance that you need concerning the adoption process.

Our Grandparents’ Rights Solicitor Fees

We appreciate that our clients need clear fees from the start so that they know exactly what to expect at each stage. Our grandparents’ rights solicitors in Canterbury Kent will start off by assessing the details of your case, using this information to provide an estimate of your costs.

To discuss your case today, and get an idea of your fees, get in touch with our solicitors at Gardner Croft. Our legal team is ready to answer any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grandparents’ Rights

What Rights do Grandparents Have in the UK?

Grandparents do not have the automatic right to see their grandchildren. Having said this, Courts will generally grant grandparents access rights, unless doing so would not be in the child’s best interest. To ensure that you have the legal right to see your grandchildren, you’ll need to get in touch with an expert family solicitor.

Can Parents Stop Grandparents Seeing Their Grandchildren?

Since grandparents’ rights are not automatically in place, a parent could technically stop grandparents from seeing their grandchildren. In this situation, grandparents can access legal assistance to guide them through the processes of obtaining visitation rights.

What to do When You Aren’t Allowed to see Your Grandchildren?

If you are not allowed to see your grandchild because one or both of their parents are restricting access, you’ll need to get in touch with a lawyer. Our family solicitors can support you to regain access to your grandchildren in all manner of complex situations.

Can a Grandparent Go for Custody?

Yes, if parents are unable to look after their children, grandparents may seek to take the children into their care using a special guardianship order. Please note: the term ‘custody’ is no longer officially used.

Grandparents also have the option of adopting their grandchildren. These situations may occur if the parents have been deemed unfit to look after the children, whether due to child neglect, mental illness, substance abuse, or other issues.

Speak to our Grandparents’ Rights Solicitors in Canterbury Today

To get in touch with our grandparents’ rights solicitors in Canterbury, please call us on 01227 813400, email enquiries@gardnercroft.co.uk or fill in our simple online enquiry form on the right hand side of the page to request a call back.