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."

Please contact during office hours.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Grandparents will need to go to mediation.

Grandparents just as non resident parents from April 22nd this year must look to mediation before applying for leave to apply to the court for a contact order.
Yes, I know exactly what you are shouting at me!
How do you mediate with someone who won't talk to you?
I am just making the point that if you are considering going to court that is what will be expected of you.
If the other party declines then the mediator will just report that other party not willing to engage.
Also if you were expecting to obtain legal aid that all changed as well.
Just saying.


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