The Importance of Grand Parents and Their Visitation Rights
“It takes a village to raise a child”. It is essential for children to feel a part of a supportive family system, and for this to be encouraged by both parents and Grandparents. Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren, but also as a support for the parent/s. It is often the case that grandparents become primary carers of children of separating families. Shifting from this arrangement to one where the parents become highly involved is an intricate process that must ensure the children are coping with any new change to care arrangement.
If your relationship with your child has broken down or if the other parent of the grandchildren refuses to let you have anything to do with your grandchildren you may be denied your ability to develop your relationship with the grandchildren.
If you have been the primary carer for the grandchildren and the parent returns to take the children back into their care you may also feel pushed out of the picture.
What are Grandparent Visitation Rights
Being denied visitation can be distressing. Unfortunately, Grandparents do not have an automatic right to have a relationship with a grandchild.
However, anyone who has an ongoing relationship with the child, or any other person who can show that they are concerned with the care, welfare or development of a child (including grandparents) may apply to the Court for Parenting Orders.
Can you go to Court as a Grandparent?
Going to court is stressful and expensive so trying to work it out yourselves should be your first strategy however, if you cannot reach an agreement by discussing it with the family you are required to attempt Family Dispute Resolution of Family Mediation before taking legal action (as directed by the Family Law Act).
Mediation can help parents and grandparents make decisions about how involved they can be in their children’s lives. It can be conducted so that all significant carers can be present for the mediation process.
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