Children and Families Bill
In February 2013 The Children and Families Bill was presented in the House of Commons and has had two readings to date. The element of most interest to Grandparents with contact issues is the Child Arrangement Orders.
Grandparents that have been bringing up their grandchildren in the place of parents are in line for payouts of millions of pounds in extra support. This breakthough is the result of a pensioner who recently won the right to be treated as her grandson’s foster mother.
The 68-year-old woman from Derbyshire, who has been looking after the 13-year-old since he was a baby and earlier cared for another grandchild, launched a High Court after learning that she would be receiving almost twice as much financial support if she was a stranger.
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.