Are you a grandparent who's concerned about losing contact with your grandchildren?

Grandparents will often play an important role in their grandchildren’s lives. The grandchildren may spend regular time their grandparents, share special occasions with their grandparents, spend school holidays with them.  Often grandparents provide valuable childcare.  A grandparent may not live locally but instead relies on valuable telephone or video calls to keep in contact.  By whichever means a bond is developed between grandchildren and grandparents, separation of the parents need not mean the separation of grandchildren from their grandparents. 

Grandparents may be concerned that a rift between the parents will impact on their own relationship with their grandchildren. Grandparents may feel anxious that their involvement with their grandchildren will be gradually eroded, and that any time they have with the grandchildren becomes dependent on the time that the children spend with the parent who no longer shares the day to day care of the children.  If the relationship breaks down between a parent and the children, this may often result in the children losing contact with a grandparent. This may leave a grandparent feeling desolate and helpless, not knowing where to turn.

This can change. Grandparents’ time with their grandchildren can be safeguarded.  It does not have to be contingent on the parents’ relationship. 

So what can be done to remedy the situation? A dialogue may be established through solicitor negotiations or mediation with a view to establishing arrangements for the grandchildren to spend time with their grandparents.  If issues remain unresolved, a remedy may lie with court.  

If you are a grandparent and have lost touch with your grandchildren or are concerned that this may happen, GloverPriest Solicitors can provide you with expert advice and guidance. GloverPriest solicitors has a presence across the Midlands with offices in Wellingborough, Tamworth, Lichfield, Great Barr, Kings Heath, Quinton and Stourbridge. 

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