Grandparents' Rights

As a grandparent, your role in your grandchild’s life is hugely important. Beyond providing childcare, grandparents often play a big part in providing the child with love and support and boosting their emotional development.

When parents split up, it is sadly common for grandparents to lose touch with their grandchildren. There can be many reasons why – the child may move far away after the separation; the parents may not want to prioritise grandparent contact when they are already juggling parent contact; or sometimes, family arguments result in the parents refusing contact.

It can be upsetting to hear that grandparents do not have automatic rights to see their grandchildren. However, the law now recognises that having a relationship with their grandparents is often in the best interests of the child and are prepared to order contact if required.

At Clark Brookes Turner Cary, our team of friendly family law solicitors are here to help individuals across West Bromwich and the surrounding areas through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We understand how painful it can be to lose contact with your grandchild through no fault of your own.

Our aim to help you and your grandchild’s parents come to an amicable agreement, allowing you to spend meaningful time with your grandchild. If the parents are refusing contact altogether, we can also provide advice about going to court.

We are also able to help where the parents are not able to provide the care the child needs and/or where the child is living with you. Our service includes advice about becoming your grandchild’s official guardian or carer, giving you all the rights and duties you need to raise them and make decisions about their care.

Get in touch to arrange your free 30-minute consultation with our grandparents’ rights solicitors in West Bromwich

We are happy to offer all new family law clients a free 30-minute consultation to discuss grandparents’ rights and to recommend your next steps. We will also provide clear advice about our fees and the costs you will likely encounter so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Based in West Bromwich, our clients come to us from across the West Midlands and beyond, including Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Get in touch to set up your free initial consultation by giving our grandparents’ rights solicitors in West Bromwich a call or by filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

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We value getting to know our clients and providing a level of face-to-face advice rarely found at other law firms. During these times of Covid-19/coronavirus, face-to-face meetings and drop-ins are not always possible. However, we still strive to provide the welcoming, personal service you expect. Visit our Coronavirus page to see how we are providing top quality customer service while keeping you and our team safe.

Why choose our family law solicitors?

We are a team of dedicated family law experts with decades of expertise to back up our reputation. Several of our team – Christopher Beeley, Matthew Hall and Nick Lines – all have around 30 years’ family law experience so are equipped to handle a full range of complex, emotive and contentious matters.

Our family lawyers understand that although you want contact with your grandchildren, you don’t necessarily want to get into a serious legal dispute with your child and their partner/former partner. Our focus is to help you achieve the results you want as smoothly and painlessly as possible. Nick, a Solicitor within our team, is a member of Resolution, an organisation of family law professionals who are devoted to helping families reach out-of-court agreements, minimising conflict and stress.

Our team also includes Family Law Advanced accredited specialist, Navpreet Virk. Navpreet specialises in complex and highly emotional issues, such as matters involving domestic violence. So, if you are worried that your grandchild is at risk, let us know and we can provide sensitive, practical advice.

How we can help grandparents

Contact and visitation with your grandchild

If you are being unreasonably denied contact with your grandchild, we can provide clear advice about the steps you can take. We’ll listen carefully to you and tailor an approach specifically to suit your needs.

In many cases, we are able to help families find a solution with minimal conflict and without going to court. We can also provide advice about using mediation to talk through your issues with your family and try to reach an agreement about contact.

If an informal agreement is not possible, we can provide advice about going to court for a Child Arrangements Order. Most grandparents do not have parental responsibility, so you do not automatically have the right to apply for a Child Arrangements Order without the permission of the court. However, with us on your side, you have the best possible chance of receiving permission and achieving a positive outcome.

Having your grandchild live with you

If your grandchild is living with you or you are concerned that the parents are not able to provide the right care, we can provide advice about becoming your grandchild’s official carer or guardian. There are several options open to you, including:

  • Special Guardianship Orders – a special guardian has parental responsibility so can make key decisions about a child’s upbringing and day-to-day care
  • Child Arrangements Orders – this type of order can place your grandchild into your care and give you parental responsibility for them. However, you usually need permission from the court before you can apply
  • Grandchild adoption – this option is rarely used because it officially severs the parental link between the child and their birth parents. However, it may be suitable in some circumstances

We can provide detailed advice about your options and which might be best for you, so that you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Get in touch to arrange your free 30-minute consultation with our grandparents’ rights solicitors in West Bromwich

We are happy to offer all new family law clients a free 30-minute consultation to discuss grandparents’ rights and to recommend your next steps. We will also provide clear advice about our fees and the costs you will likely encounter so you can make an informed decision about how to move forward.

Based in West Bromwich, our clients come to us from across the West Midlands and beyond, including Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Get in touch to set up your free initial consultation by giving our grandparents’ rights solicitors in West Bromwich a call or by filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response.