Grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren
However, the family courts recognise the invaluable role that grandparents have to play in their grandchildren’s lives. Whilst grandparent’s rights are limited they can apply for permission (leave) to apply for a contact order.
In most cases, permission to apply is usually granted and the grandparent can then apply for a contact order through the courts.
A contact order will stipulate the arrangements including direct forms of contact such as face-to-face contact and indirect forms of contact such as letters, text, email, Skype and telephone calls.
As for all court applications concerning children, the court will follow statutory guidelines laid down in section 1 of the Children Act 1989 when determining whether to grant a contact order to a grandparent. The welfare of the child is of paramount importance.
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