Grandparents—client guide

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Grandparents—client guide

This document provides general guidance for grandparents regarding an application for a child arrangements order that makes provision for contact with grandchildren. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.

What can I do if I am not allowed to spend time with my grandchildren?

In the event that there is a breakdown in the relationship between the parents of your grandchildren it is to be hoped that arrangements could still be made for the children to continue to spend time with their grandparents. In those circumstances grandparents often play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren.

Sometimes it is possible to resolve things by mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. Mediation may help avoid the need for costly legal proceedings that can be quite stressful. Before issuing an application for an order providing that you can spend time with your grandchildren (called a child arrangements order (CAO)) you are required by the rules governing these applications to attend a meeting with a mediator to see whether mediation might be suitable, rather than using the court. The meeting is known as a mediation information and assessment meeting (a MIAM).This requirement applies unless certain exemptions, including issues relating to the safety of the child or domestic violence, apply. Your family lawyer can explain whether your circumstances are such

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