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Grandparents' role in modern day society

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A grandparent’s role in modern day society can come in all different forms: paternal grandparents, step-grandparents, grandparents who fulfil the role of a full time carer and grandparents who have no contact at all with their grandchildren.

Regardless of which, Grandparents often play an extremely important part in supporting the family unit as a whole by way of providing childcare or as guardians.

At Goodman Derrick, we understand that Grandparents provide an essential sense of family history and identity and they have a unique and special relationship with their grandchildren. But like all relationships this may change over time.

Grandparents can become kinship carers overnight, where they find themselves thrown into a situation where their grandchildren are living with them and they are providing full time care and support.

We have significant experience in acting on behalf of grandparents who find themselves in this situation and need advice, support and guidance through this transition whether it be temporary or permanent. 

We also advise grandparents who have lost contact with their grandchildren. It is estimated that over 1 million children in the UK have lost contact with their grandparents as a result of a family feud. Losing contact with a grandchild can be heart breaking.

If talking to your family and working together to agree contact with your grandchild has failed, there are options available for grandparents, such as mediation or making an application to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order.

Whilst grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren, the Court does recognise the importance of the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild, and are supportive of the invaluable role they play in their lives.

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We offer services specifically to Grandparents and Kinship Carers which include initial advice, assistance when arranging mediation (if necessary), negotiating and corresponding on the client’s behalf, and applications for Child Arrangements Order and Appeals.

We are also able to conduct advocacy for clients who require representation within Court proceedings.

We are committed to settling issues relating to the family home, finances and children in a sensitive and cost effective manner.

This guide is for general information and interest only and should not be relied upon as providing specific legal advice. If you require any further information about the issues raised in this article please contact the author or call 0207 404 0606 and ask to speak to your usual Goodman Derrick contact.