Maintaining Contact with Grandparents
When a relationship ends, often a grandparent’s relationship with their grandchildren can get caught in the crossfire. If one parent doesn’t have custody of their children it may make it difficult for grandparents to maintain their special relationship with the children. Grandparents do have some rights in these circumstances.
Australian law gives children the right to spend time and communicate with people who are important to them, like their grandparents and other family members. This is done by using a Parenting Order.
A grandparent or relative can make an application for a Parenting Order to the Court. This may say that the child is to live with them or must spend time or communicate with them. This means a parent can be ordered to allow you to see and speak to your grandchildren regularly even if they’re no longer in a relationship with your child. Although a Parenting Order can apply even if your grandchildren’s parents are still together.
For example, if your son’s relationship ends and his ex-partner doesn’t let you see your grandchildren you may be able to get a Parenting Order. This could give you legal rights to visit and speak to your grandchildren regularly.