The law does not give grandparents any automatic rights to see their grandchildren. So, in almost every case, parents can keep children away from grandparents if they choose to.
This doesn’t mean grandparents have no other options. Those options usually involve repairing the relationship with their adult child as this is often the reason for parents preventing their children from spending time with the children’s grandparents.
In situations where this proves difficult, a professional social worker or mediator can help find a resolution. However, resolving problems between all the adults involved (the children’s parents and grandparents) is usually the only solution.
What about exceptions to the above? Exceptions are rare and usually involve situations where the parents of the children are putting them at risk. Examples include addiction, abuse, or neglect.
Parents might try to prevent their children from seeing grandparents because the grandparents are trying to intervene. In circumstances like these, getting professional legal advice on the steps you should take is essential.
Here at Lloyd Platt & Co, we have experience in dealing with these complex and often emotional situations, seeking to achieve the very best of outcomes for all parties.