Solicitors in Essex & London
Grandparents often find themselves in a difficult position where the parents of their grandchild or grandchildren have separated acrimoniously. It may also be the case that their son or daughter is not seeing their grandchildren either. Our specialist family solicitors have represented numerous grandparents over the years and understand how difficult this family situation can be.
Our family law department includes members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and Advanced Family Panel, accredited Resolution specialists and Collaborative Family Lawyers who are expert in resolving difficult children disputes. All ten of our team are members of Resolution.
A grandparent’s first option is to invite the parent(s) to attend mediation in an attempt to resolve matters amicably. Save in limited circumstances, attempting to resolve matters through mediation is mandatory before court proceedings can be issued.
Grandparents do not have an automatic right to make an application for a child arrangements order. They need first to apply for permission. In real terms, this means that an application has to be made to the Court to determine whether or not a grandparent can bring an application for a child arrangements order.
We understand that seeking legal advice for disputes involving grandchildren can be a daunting and stressful experience. Our specialist family solicitors based in Essex and London will be happy to see you for a free 30-minute initial meeting to provide you with some general advice which will enable you to plan your future and next steps.*
*Free appointments are only available at our main offices in Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch and are not available in cases where proceedings have been issued.