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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.

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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. 
 
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I had an initial consultation and Henry was well prepared. He gave great advice and followed through quite quickly. He was very helpful.

Chris Mullins 15/07/2020

Henry and team were most professional, considerate and efficient when handling the financial proceedings owing to my overseas divorce. I recommend their services highly. International circumstance was at first to me most daunting and confusing, given each country had its' own unique approach. Thankfully Henry was knowledgeable of the law on either side of the seas and able therefore to provide best guidance and reasoning to me which enabled favourable settlement!

Wim Jansen 24/06/2020

I contacted Brookman to ask for information regarding the validity of an international divorce court ruling. They were very quick in providing me with the right information. When I had another question a few months later around children matters I phoned them again and after taking some background information and contact details they booked me in for a free telephone consultation with 1 of their partners Talitha Brookman. She spent half an hour of her time explaining to me what I could expect and provided legal advice. All was free of charge. I would not hesitate to contact them again should any matter become more formal and have to go through court. The service has been quick, professional and very friendly.

Rebecca Brown 01/06/2020

Highly recommend this firm. Having searched around different firms for advice for some time, I had a free consultation with Henry Brookman. He was incredibly knowledgeable about my complex situation, gave straightforward advice and empowered me to understand exactly how I need to proceed.

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I recently had a free initial consultation with Henry Brookman via video conference. He was considered and meticulous in his approach and gave me well thought through advice. He followed this up with a letter in writing summarising the advice he gave me. I would thoroughly recommend his services to anyone looking for legal representation in a divorce.