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I’m A Grandparent, Can I Gain A Contact Order To See My Grandchild?

Date: March 30th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Grandparent contact rightsClient Question:

I am the grandparent of my son’s daughter.  My son and his ex wife divorced two years ago and my son works abroad (in Germany) and sends money back to his ex wife.  At the time of him moving to Germany, the agreement between myself, my son and his ex wife was that I would continue to see my granddaughter whilst my son was working abroad.

My son agreed to this in part because he could earn more money for himself and to send to his ex wife but didn’t want his daughter to forget who he was so I used to see her every week to keep the relationship going.  However, my son’s ex wife has now decided to stop me seeing my granddaughter for no obvious reason. Do I have any rights in this situation?

 

Brookman’s Answer:

As a grandparent, you can ask for leave from the Court to start proceedings to see your grandchild.  Prima facie on the facts as I see them, you would have a good chance of the Court supporting you and having a Contact Order, because of the previous relationship with your grandchild.

The age and wishes of the child will also be a factor, but you should not be deterred from seeking to see your grandchild on a regular basis.  This is particularly a case where no good reason has been given for the sudden change to the status quo.

Read more about grandparents’ rights here.

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