It is an unfortunate reality that children can be casualties of parental separation. In the event that the separation of parents is not amicable, the children suffer the most. On occasion, parents may relocate or form a new relationship, curtailing or preventing entirely the opportunity for grandparents to see their grandchildren.
Grandparents are able to apply for a Parenting Order where necessary with respect to their grandchildren. The Family Law Act (1975) states that children have a right to spend time with and communicate with their grandparents on a regular basis.
Parenting Orders for grandparents can vary; some grandparents require orders for communication, whilst in cases of risk or abuse or exposure to family violence, it may be ordered that the child lives with the grandparent.
Daykin Family Law is able to assist you with guidance on how best to approach your rights as grandparents and ensure the best course of action for your grandchildren, with a compassionate but pragmatic approach to your legal matters. We have experience in assisting grandparents obtain urgent recovery orders for their grandchildren to be put back into their care in circumstances of risk. If it is an urgent situation, you should obtain advice immediately to ensure your grandchildren can be protected and that you know your rights as a grandparent.
For more information, contact Daykin Family Law to arrange an appointment at our Brisbane, Queensland, office.