Grandparents are often the forgotten victims of separation and Family Law proceedings. The close and loving involvement they have had with their grandchildren can be terminated by the separation of the parents and cause heartbreak for the grandparents and grandchildren.
Fortunately the grandparents are clearly eligible as applicants to obtain parenting orders under the Family Law Act. However, grandparents should be careful as to how they go about maintaining or re-establishing their involvement with their grandchildren. They need to make every effort to maintain a good relationship with the parents and not be the cause of conflict or be embroiled in court proceedings if they can avoid it.
Grandparents can initiate and participate in Mediation where the grandparents can try to work out a solution as to their continuing involvement with their grandchildren.
Court proceedings are highly undesirable and are a last resort. But if necessary, Grandparents can bring an application before the Family Courts. A Family Lawyer can help them with the process and to draw the necessary documents and make the arrangements.
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