Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Thursday 6 January 2011

You have NO automatic right to see your grandchildren.

It seems that for some reason yet again grandparents are being given the wrong information.
So need to reiterate ,that as grandparents you do not have an automatic right to see your grandchildren.
You can of course decide to go to court for contact, not something I ever advise, at the moment in the UK you have to apply twice, firstly you apply for 'leave' another word for permission to apply to the court for a contact order.
If granted leave you then go through the process of applying for a contact order.
Why I don't advice legal route is simple, it is very traumatic for all concerned and it will cost you your life savings. I have grandparents in the group who have spent 30,000 and still no contact, but even if you do get an order, the reality is that if the resident parent decided not to turn up at the agreed time and place you are back to court.
I am unsure as to why grandparents are being told anything different.

The Uk government have said that they intend to remove the necessity for applying for leave, but it hasn't happened yet and actually will make no difference. It has been that way in Scotland for some years.

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