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.

Tuesday 5 April 2011

If a judge has read it wrong, I despair.

After last weeks interim report for FJR, we had misleading headlines all over the papers and the BBC, the next day a judge wrote to the paper saying,"Sir,The headline"New Divorce laws will guarantee grandparents access to children." is misleading. The proposals will do no such thing.]Grandparents will no longer have to apply for permission to make an application for contact to a grandchild.[Whether or not they see their grandchild depends entirely on whether it is in the childs best interest for them to do so. Parents and grandparents have no rights over children,only obligations.It is the welfare of the child that is the paramount consideration.In practice many grandparents are granted residence orders where the parents are unable to cope,and without them many more children would end up in care. Many grandparents lose touch with grandchildren for the same reasons that parents lose contact with their children: because of hostility,distance,financial reasons or simply because they are inadequate."
District Judge,Slough County Court.

This is actually what the report says;
The need for grandparents to apply for leave of the court before making an application for contact should remain. (Paragraph 5.82)

For ... sake, what an utter disgrace the entire letter is for everyone not able to be part of their children/grandchildren's lives.
I don't want rights, I just want to know my granddaughter is safe and happy.


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