Solicitors in Essex & London
Our family law team includes members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and accredited Resolution specialists who are experts in resolving difficult children disputes, particularly involving grandchildren.
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 lawyers have represented numerous grandparents over the years and understand how difficult this family situation can be.
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 seeing a lawyer for the first time about any issue relating to your grandchildren can be a daunting and stressful experience.
Our specialist Tier 1 Legal 500 family law team includes Resolution accredited specialists in child law offer a free 30-minute initial consultation* to provide you with general advice and advise you upon the best way forward.
Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are currently offering these 30-minute free appointments by telephone and some video calling services.
*Free consultations with our family solicitors are only available at our main Essex offices in Brentwood, Hornchurch and Upminster and are not available in cases where proceedings have been issued. Fixed fee appointments are available at Canary Wharf (London) and Leigh-on-Sea (Essex).