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. A Parenting Order can be an order that you can spend time with or communicate with the child. It will be up to the Court to decide what will happen, based on what is in the child’s best interests.
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18-04-2013 20:44 #11
18-04-2013 20:55 #12
Your IL's need to prove they have had a relationship with your kids and thus your children are missing out by not seeing them. They have not even met them. Stick to your guns, get affidavits as someone else said.
18-04-2013 20:59 #13
Im sorry you have to go through this
My DH's mother threatened to take us to court for access to our children. I wasnt too worried as she had a child of her own taken off of her by the courts so I doubt they would give her access to mine.
DH has since started speaking to his family again but they have not seen our children in almost 2 years.
18-04-2013 21:12 #14
Get some legal advice - even if you only call a family law firm and speak to someone. I'm sorry but I'm a family lawyer and some of the responses on here are wrong.
18-04-2013 21:14 #15
You can also talk to a Community Legal Centre if you can't afford a lawyer. Family law is expensive
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18-04-2013 21:17 #16
Unfortunately it is - but most lawyers are always happy to have an initial chat. I always do. Just a hint the best time is mid afternoon - mornings are always hectic and after 4pm is a nightmare at most places. Good luck with it.
18-04-2013 21:28 #17
Just remember that no one has "rights" to a child, a child has a right to a relationship with people who will enrich their lives....and it doesn't sound like your in laws fit that bill. Good luck.
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23-04-2013 06:31 #20
Thank you all so much for the feedback. It's good to know we are not alone but I'm sorry for those of you who have also been through it.
Also thanks to those who are legally qualified. What should I look for in a law firm?
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