"Bringing Families Together"

"Bringing Families Together"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Grandparents Rights

This new government is proposing giving grandparents more rights in England. They claim they will remove the need for grandparents to ask a courts permission to go to court for obtaining rights to their grandchildren.

These new rights as they call it has been operating like that in Scotland for years with no proven particular benefits for grandparents or grandchildren but has lots of benefits for lawyers costing Scottish grandparents dearly. Just because it is easier to get to court doesn’t mean you have a stronger case. You must fulfil the criteria of, it would be harmful to the child (not you) if contact with you was not available.. Animosity between adults is a sure stopper for contact as it reflects on the child. Although every case involving children is not the same and this is confuses a lot of people the criteria stated is a good guideline. Get other opinions from family charity groups before you decide to spend thousands on a court case you could have no chance of winning in the first place.

Our group conducted a questionnaire to 500 people that have contacted us and it was pretty damming on lawyers for legal advice. Some grandparents are so desperate to go to court that they insist that lawyers should try anyway but I repeat it does not mean your case is any stronger if they take it on, it only means you need to know the lawyer you engage is a recommended reputable solicitor and family trained.. A judge would not have let you carry on using your hard earned savings if you did not come up to certain standards.

So is there any benefit in removing this requirement?

Jimmy Deuchars
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ
0141 882 5658

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