Grandparents’ Rights

Although research confirms the importance of grandparents’ involvement in children’s lives, the law does not automatically give grandparents a right to participate in custody or contact proceedings. In some cases a grandparent may have to speak for one of the parents if he or she is seriously ill, for example.

There is a risk is that any hostility between the mother and the father might extend to the grandparents. Generally, the best role for grandparents to assume is one of support for their grandchildren, without identifying too strongly with the rights and wrongs of the marriage breakdown.

Divorce can be an extremely difficult time for the family. Grandparents are advised to be patient and keep in touch and wait until they can participate in the lives of their grandchildren without being seen as subversive by either party in the divorce.

Supportive grandparents can be an important source of comfort for a family. Moves to establish a “grandparents charter” suggest that the law may change to recognise this valuable role.

Enquire Now

What our clients are saying:

‘DR’, London

To thank Brookman solicitors would be an understatement of my gratitude towards the professional service they provided me in a complicated child related legal matter. 

At the time my son was in danger of being taken back to an overseas country not recognised by the EU or the Hague convention by his overseas born mother. 
 
In this very disturbing and complex case I felt re-assured through out by Brookman solicitors that I was in the very best legal hands possible. The professionalism shown by the entire practise of Brookman solicitors is difficult to quickly summarise, but in a desperate time of my life they gave me the energy and optimism that I desperately needed. 
 
The case lasted over one year but was finally won in the Royal Courts of Justice, London. Being a father and unmarried would have suggested the chances of winning the case being slim. However, because of the expertise and sheer excellence of Brookman Solicitors the case was won. I shall always be indebted to them. 
 
In fact I often wake up in the morning to see my son smiling and think to myself that matters could have been very different if I had not followed the advice of this outstanding legal team.