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Grandparents Turning to Law for Access to Grandchildren in Complex Times

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09 Nov 2015

Posted in Family Law

Grandparents at the end of their tether are increasingly visiting law firms for help to see their grandchildren. This sad development is happening in the case of divorce and other relationship breakdown, so that grandparents can have access, which can often mean them also taking on the role of guardian.

Here in 2015, our society and the complex structure of many modern families’ means there are many grandparents on hand to provide help and guidance, and a steadying influence on young lives.

In recent years, we at Pindoria Solicitors have seen an increased use of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) by grandparents who are concerned for the welfare of their grandchildren. SGOs were introduced in 2002 and are seen in the legal profession as the most obvious way of gaining control for a grandparent over the upbringing of a grandchild.

Additionally, Child Arrangement Orders (CAOs) are also used by grandparents wishing to gain control and have been steadily increasing in recent years.

It is noteworthy that leading family charity, National Family Mediation (NFM) has been vocal in its condemnation of the government for lack of information about alternative approaches to settling family disputes, and we at Pindoria Solicitors can understand why.

Despite having an experienced family law team we are still saddened by the way that close relationships can be destroyed due to family fallouts, and we believe all that can be done should be done to stop this. We hope everyone involved in the welfare of the family can continue to work diligently to ensure that after relationship break-ups there can be ways forward to reduce acrimony.

As we have said, the family structure is much more complicated than it once was and for the good of everyone the law needs to recognise this and make adjustments.