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Grandparents can perform an essential function in supporting parents with children. But, in a relationship breakdown, what if a parent stops a grandparent from seeing their grandchild?

As a grandparent you do not have an automatic right to see your grandchildren. One way of trying to resolve matters is to mediate. Family mediation is a process in which those involved in family breakdown, whether or not they are a couple or other family members, appoint an impartial third person to assist them to communicate better with one another and reach their own agreed and informed decisions concerning some, or all, of the issues relating to separation, divorce, children, finance or property by negotiation.

If mediation does not succeed and it comes to a grandparent making an application for a child arrangements order then they must first seek the leave, or permission, of the court. When considering whether leave should be given the following is taken into account:

(a) the nature of the proposed application for the section 8 order;

(b) the applicant’s connection with the child;

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