Understanding "Third party rights"

Grandparents do not have an automatic right to have contact with their Grandchild.

If it has not been possible to agree contact informally with the Child’s parents the next step would be to apply to the Court for contact.

Only those with Parental Responsibility of a Child can make an application for contact. 3rd parties such as Grandparents would need to apply for permission or leave from the Court before they could apply for contact.

In determining whether contact with that person is in the Child’s best interests, the Court will apply the welfare checklist.

The Courts are aware of the benefit to a child who has strong relationships with extended family and will take this into account when determining what level and type of contact is appropriate.

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