Advice for Grandparents.

Legal Advice for Grandparents.

There are many reasons why grandparents may need to take legal advice in relation to their grandchildren and the good news is that the family law experts at Lanyon Bowdler can help.

Our specialist team are able to advise you on your rights relating to matters such as access, visitation and guardianship and will work diligently to secure the very best outcome for you, your family and most importantly your grandchildren.

Our Grandparent Legal Advice Expertise

Aside from our expertise as legal specialists, we understand the importance of a family. The special bond that exists between a grandparent and their grandchild is unique and something to treasure, which is why we want to utilise our expertise and experience in family law to help you maintain this relationship for the many years to come.

What we do

We place great emphasis on dialogue and discussion with the child’s parents to agree a way forward, which will ultimately help avoid court action, keep costs down and minimise the stress and anxiety for everyone involved. Working in the best interests of the children is at the centre of all that we do and we have an excellent track record of success when it comes to negotiation.

Where this route does not bring about a resolution however, then we are able to represent you effectively at any court hearings. We will be meticulous and thorough in our preparation of your case to persuade the court of the invaluable role you play in your grandchild’s life and that you should have an ongoing and meaningful relationship with them to significantly benefit you both.

Your Grandparents’ Rights questions answered

I have been stopped from seeing my grandchild. What can I do?

The relationship between you and your grandchild is incredibly special so if you have been prevented from seeing them for any reason, the pain and upset caused can be utterly devastating.

Although as a grandparent you have no automatic legal right to contact with your grandchild, the courts recognise the importance of this key relationship and, unless there is a background of violence or abuse, they will be sympathetic to your situation. If the issue cannot be resolved through negotiation with the child’s parents, access can be granted by the court through a Child Arrangement Order.

What is a Child Arrangement Order?

A Child Arrangement Order is issued by the court detailing the living and contact arrangements for the child involved. They are usually required after a family breakdown, when the parents or those with parental responsibility, cannot agree where their child should live and how often they should see the non-resident parent or other family members.

Most cases are resolved through discussion and mediation without the need for court proceedings but, in the event a solution cannot be agreed upon, the court will make the final decision, which is legally binding until the child is 16.

How do grandparents apply for a Child Arrangement Order?

As a grandparent, before you can apply for a court order to see your grandchild, you will first need permission from the court, which is normally given. Once permission is granted you  will then proceed with your application for an  order with the aim of securing visitation rights.

The court will weigh up all the evidence presented and will make a Child Arrangement Order, if they consider that is in the best interest of the child involved.

Can I seek residency for my grandchild?

If you wish to secure residency for your grandchild so that they can live with you, the process is largely the same as if you were seeking contact, and you will need to obtain a Child Arrangement Order.

Although grandparents are not automatically entitled to apply for a Child Arrangement Order and will need permission from the court to do so, if you are applying for residency, the following exceptions apply:

  • If the child has lived with you for at least three years. This doesn’t have to have been continuous but must not have begun more than five years before or ended more than three months prior to submitting the application.
  • If the child has lived with you continuously for a year prior to the application.
  • If you have the permission of those named in an existing Child Arrangement Order in relation to the child.
  • If the child is in state care and you have permission from the local authority.
How do I obtain Special Guardianship for my grandchild?

If the parents of your grandchild are unable to look after them property or if care proceedings have been issued, you can potentially be appointed as a Special Guardian for your grandchild through a Special Guardianship Order issued by the court.

As a Special Guardian you will be granted parental responsibility for your grandchild until they are 16.

In order to be granted Special Guardianship you will need to take the following steps:

  • Contact your local authority and inform the Children’s Services department of your intent to apply for a Special Guardianship Order.
  • Undertake an assessment to demonstrate your suitability to be the legal guardian of your grandchild.
  • Attend a mediation, information and assessment meeting (MIAM) to explore all options for a resolution before you can apply for a court order.
  • Make your application.

We can support you throughout all these stages and are able to help you prepare the documentation and information required for your application.

How much will Special Guardianship for grandparents cost?

We are completely transparent and upfront about our prices and offer a number of different payment options to suit all budgets so don’t hesitate contact us for more detailed information.

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I would not hesitate to recommend LB Solicitors to anyone needing guidance and representation for family law or divorce proceedings. My solicitor was thorough and diligent, balancing professional rigour with fairness, reasonableness and sensitivity. I feel this approach helped me to obtain a satisfactory settlement avoiding costly and unnecessary conflict.

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Since dealing with Lanyon Bowdler they have been diligent, efficient and at all times very helpful along with being structured in dealing with matters, fees and clarity on all levels. Thank you.

Michael
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I was clearly informed of progress step by step. The service you provided was very good.

Peter Weston
Shrewsbury

All work carried out effectively and efficiently.

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An excellent service with solicitors that you can talk to and who give you a clear understanding of all necessary legal implications and interpretations.

Eric
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From start to finish we had excellent service. Friendly, approachable and professional.

Carl Gittins
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Used Lanyon Bowdler for conveyancing and for legal advice – both solicitors I worked with were effective and professional. Law firm was fast and responsive to queries and clear pricing.

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Very clear, concise advice and guidance, easy to understand.

Ian Jamieson
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Good service provided throughout with clear communication throughout with all options explored.

Lee

I was impressed with the forensic approach to identifying, securing, assessing and presenting evidence over the two years that it took to finally resolve the issue.

Timothy
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I can thoroughly recommend the highly professional and supportive service received over the last few months.

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Responsive, supportive, approachable, clear and empathetic.

Lisa Thacker

Professional and prompt communication. Supportive and client focused.

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Whenever I have had need to contact Lanyon Bowdler I have always received a fast, concise and friendly response.

Lee Mortimer
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Definitely would use Lanyon Bowdler again if I need the use of a solicitor.

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Smooth and efficient service from very professional firm.

Tim
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We were particularly impressed with the quality of work, the speed and excellent communication.

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Oswestry

Very friendly and approachable. Very good advice

Ivor Brown
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Great Service; Lanyon Bowdler were excellent from the outset. Straightforward and easy process. I just sat back and waited.

Paul Rowe
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Everything has been professional, efficient and courteous throughout and we are very pleased, both with the service and with the eventual outcome of our case. Everything was first class and exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for providing such splendid service. It is really appreciated.

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Llanfyllin

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As a leading full-service law firms, we provide legal services to clients throughout England and Wales, so for friendly and professional advice contact us today by phone or complete the online enquiry form.

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise no matter what the situation. Our family law solicitors have vast experience in all areas of family law and we are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care. We always act with the utmost discretion and you will be treated with sensitivity and understanding, as we work closely with you to find the best outcome for everyone involved.

We have offices in ShrewsburyBromyardConwyHerefordLudlowOswestry and Telford, regularly acting on behalf of clients across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and throughout the Midlands, including Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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Sue Hodgson
Sue Hodgson
Partner
Family Law
Jon Moriarty
Jon Moriarty
Partner
Family Law
Philippa Pearson
Philippa Pearson
Partner
Family Law
Georgia Rowney
Georgia Rowney
Legal Assistant
Family Law
Lizzie Cross
Lizzie Cross
Trainee Solicitor
Family
Mia Williams
Mia Williams
Trainee Solicitor
Family Law
Anne Lewis
Anne Lewis
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Family Law
Lisa Grimmett
Lisa Grimmett
Associate Solicitor
Family Law
Caroline Yorke
Caroline Yorke
Associate Solicitor
Family Law
Fiona Cooper
Fiona Cooper
Legal Assistant
Family Law
Rachel Tomley
Rachel Tomley
Solicitor
Family Law
Erin Payne
Erin Payne
Paralegal Apprentice
Family Law
Staci Robinson
Staci Robinson
Associate Solicitor
Family Law
Laura Jones
Laura Jones
Solicitor
Family Law
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