Although parents automatically have parental responsibility for their children, at times, it isn’t always in their best interests to live with their mother or father. After a family breakdown, you could find yourselves being asked to look after grandchildren on a permanent basis and you will need to know the exact legal rights for grandparents.
Unfortunately, as it stands, there are no automatic legal rights for grandparents, as you do not have parental responsibility, which gives you rights and protection. You will need to go to court and gain a child arrangement order to be able to have parental responsibility bestowed upon you and succeed in gaining those necessary legal rights and responsibilities for your grandchildren.
If you are a grandparent and have found yourself in the difficult position of needing to step in and take over the care of grandchildren, please contact our specialist solicitor who can talk you through the legal process.