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As a grandparent, cialis your role in your grandchild’s life is important and applying for a Contact Order can be a complicated process.
We are sure that some of you will recognise the heartache and loss that grandparents suffer when they are not able to have contact with their grandchildren. Many grandparents provide wonderful levels of support for their grandchildren as well as offer a loving and nurturing relationship. My grandparents were an important part in my life and without them I would have missed out on the opportunity to share in my family history. The love, capsule affection and support I received from them gave me a stability that I would not otherwise have had and I know has impacted on the whole of my life.
When relationships break down or family structures fracture, agreeing contact with children often becomes a struggle. Sometimes despite best endeavours, agreements that have been reached are no longer working and contact is not happening as it should. This lack of contact between grandparents and grandchildren can cause as much heartache to the grandchild as it does to the grandparent. I am personally aware of this because when I was 6 I was taken away from my grandparents and was unable to see them for 4 years. It took me a long time to get over this experience and for many years I was convinced that people I loved would leave me, despite my being reunited with my grandparents when I was 10 years old.
Grandparents unfortunately do not have an automatic right to see their grandchildren and when an agreement cannot be reached or what was agreed with the parent/caregiver is no longer working, but you still want to participate fully in your grandchild’s life, then seeking a Contact Order may be the only option.
Contact Orders provide the structure of visits and set expectations as to how and when contact will occur. A Contact Order will allow you to have visits with your grandchild/grandchildren for short periods such as weekends, or have them with you as part of your holidays. A Contact Order can also decide who should collect and deliver the child for contact visits, where the contact visit should take place and at what time.
Contact can be direct, which means that you are able to have a face to face visit with your grandchild or contact may be indirect such as by telephone or through letters.
The frequency and length of contact with your grandchild if not agreed between yourself and the parent/caregiver, will be determined by the court. A Contact Order can contain conditions and directions as to how the order will be carried out and can be limited to a specified period.
Contact Orders have rules which say whether or not you can automatically apply for an order and as a grandparent and as previously stated grandparents do not have an automatic right but all is not lost and you can seek the leave of the court to apply to see your grandchildren.
This can be done by you making an application to the Court. There is a fee payable for this of £200, however you may be able to apply for a remission of fees if you are on a low income or benefits.
If you require further information or assistance in respect of contact orders please contact the writer of this article at email@example.com or 07940 384785.
by Deborah Aloba of Affordable Law For You