Perth Family Law Grandparent’s & Grandchildren’s Rights

August 12, 2014 – at 3:43 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Grandparent's Rights

Family Law in Australia recognises grandparents rights as grand parents are very special people in children’s lives and particularly when parents separate and/or divorce.

Raising children after  separation is an important job and grandparents can and do help.

In some cases, one parent or even both may try to alienate their children from grandparents. They may try to stop the grandparents from spending time or having any contact at all with the grandchildren.

This usually is not in the childrens’ best interests. Unless there are risk factors and other special circumstances family law in Western Australia will want to ensure that children know and spend time with their grandparents.

Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators’ have acted and continue to act for many grandparents to assist them in ensuring their grandchildren reach their full potential and that their best interests are being met.

Quite often these family law matters are resolved with our family law support through mediation. This makes the process of ensuring your grandchildren know and spend time with you far less expensive and less emotionally destructive for the people involved and particularly the little people.

Grandparents can assist in providing for the needs of their grandchildren including their physical, emotional and intellectual needs both during separation and divorce and post separation.

Grandparents can and do help their grandchildren maintain connections after separation and to learn about their family history and culture. Sometimes the assistance of an understanding family lawyer is important in this process.

Grandparents are aware of the responsibilities of parenthood as they have been parents themselves and they are willing to assist as much as they can and give that bit extra when children are going though family breakdown.

Grandparents frequently help to keep their grandchildren safe and protect their grandchildren from physical or psychological harm or abuse, neglect or family violence and under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child to which Australia is a signatory children do have rights and grandparents can assist to ensure these rights are met, particularly during or post separation.

Grandparents listen to their granchilren and communicate with them – they understand the effects of change in children’s’ lives and maintain a close and stable relationship with their grandchilren as they go through the very vulnerable process of adapting to the changes that separation and divorce sadly brings.

Under family law legislation in Australia as set out in The Family Law Act and the Family Court Act, children have a right to spend time on a regular basis with, and communicate on a regular basis with, people significant to their care, welfare and development such as grandparents to the extent this is in their best interests.

Are your grandchildren’s best interests being met? Do you get to spend time with your grandchildren on a regular basis? If not we can help you to resolve this.