What do you know about Grandparents Rights?

Courtesy of Emma Cordock – family law solicitor at AFG LAW, Bury

I have worked in family law for 10 years now. During my training, through qualification as a Legal Executive to becoming a solicitor I have seen the role of grandparents in the care of their grandchildren increase.

They are not only a support to their grandchildren in providing
practical and emotional support, grandparents are now becoming care givers for their grandchildren either for a short period or full time.

The number of grandparents who are now the primary carers of their grandchildren has increased. Whether that is through children’s services becoming involved in the children’s lives, through care proceedings or even a private arrangement between the parents and grandparents.  I am representing more and more grandparents in relation to seeing their grandchildren or caring for them.

Grandparents are generally providing their grandchildren with stability, structure, routine and guidance in respect of their own children.

Whilst grandparents do not have any ‘rights’ defined in statue, in my view Courts are becoming more understanding and sympathetic to grandparents and the importance of them being in children’s lives.

At AFG LAW we understand the importance of the role of grandparents. We are members of the Grandparents Association and we have our own website dedicated to grandparents rights www.grandparentrights.co.uk

We are currently offering a free telephone consultation to grandparents who want initial advice in respect of their grandchildren.

Please contact myself, Emma Cordock, or one of our family team members at our Bolton or Bury offices.

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