Grandparent’s Rights

Grandparents are the family members who are usually the forgotten casualties of a divorce or separation. Nowadays, most play a fundamental role in their grandchildren’s lives but often are forgotten or sidelined when considering the child arrangements upon a divorce or separation.


However, grandparents have rights under the Children Act 1989 to apply for a Child Arrangement Order which would set out the time that they can spend with their grandchildren. This is especially important if one spouse is being denied to spend time with their child. At least the child can retain some family link with that parent. Leave of the court is required before any application can be pursued, but this is rarely refused if a commitment can be shown.


Grandparents are also able to try and resolve matters through the less costly and less stressful route of mediation and collaboration.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Talk to one another. Try to agree arrangements that best suit the children, that they will be comfortable with and that take into account their interests.

Have an initial meeting with a lawyer to explore the law and your rights. Then attempt mediation or collaboration.

If you live abroad and need to apply for a child custody order, the process will depend on your specific situation and the laws of the country where you reside.

First and foremost the Court is concerned with the Child’s interest and welfare. An arrangement will be reached that best suits the child’s welfare.

Between three to twelve months

The cost varies depending on the complexity of the case. At Shortlands we try to offer fixed fees for every stage of the process.

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