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As a grandparent, you don’t have an automatic right to see your grandchildren, this is because grandparents do not usually have parental responsibility. Parental responsibility allows people to decide who their children see and how they live their lives. 


It is ultimately the parents’ choice as to whether you can have access to your grandchildren. If there are disagreements regarding whether you can see your grandchild, you can find ways of having contact with them through mediation or arrangements you make with the parents. The final option is to go to court to get permission to gain contact with the children by applying for a child arrangements order. In some cases, this may be the only option if the parents are not willing to cooperate. 

The court will then consider what is in the best interests of the child and whether contact would pose any kind of risk to them. The court would also look at whether communication would create a negative impact on the family as a whole. 

If successful, the court will put a plan in place to allow the children to see their grandparents. Parents are able to object and give reasons why they believe that their child should not see their grandparents. Ultimately, the court will do what is best for the children.

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