But what happens if you separate?
Grandparents can still play a pivotal role in the care and wellbeing of their grandchildren, but that role can change significantly where parties cannot agree on how to effectively and amicably divide time spent with the children fairly.
Negotiation and mediation are always the best starting points, but sometimes negotiation breaks down, or is simply not possible. If this occurs it may be necessary to apply to the Court. Grandparents that are affected by a family breakdown often seek one of two types of orders.
- An application to spend time and communicate with their grandchildren.
- An application to obtain parenting orders.
The role of a grandparent is too often ignored, pushed to the side, or simply not fully appreciated. But the Court recognises the pivotal role they play in the development, positive growth and care of their grandchildren, and provides avenues in which to pursue this role.
If you are in need of advice in relation to parenting orders, know about the grandparent’s rights or spending time with your grandchild, please don’t hesitate to contact Best Wilson Buckley Family Law on (07) 4639 0000.