Grandparents play an important role in many children’s lives, whether by providing practical support in terms of childcare or simply by spending regular quality time with their grandchildren.
One of the unfortunate fallouts after separation and divorce is that this important role can be diminished and grandparents and children may suddenly find they have limited or no access to what was previously an important relationship to all involved.
Grandparents have rights under the Family Law Act. If you want to know more on this subject, we recommend seeking specialist advice from a family lawyer about the options available to you.
Although you may need to seek legal advice, the Courts do encourage parties to attempt mediation before filing any legal proceedings. We conduct mediations to help grandparents communicate with parents about their hopes and wishes in regards to ongoing contact and time with their grandchildren.
Take for example paternal grandparents who love spending time with their grandchildren but during a high conflict separation where the mother has the children the majority of the time, it is suddenly difficult and strained when the grandparents try to make contact or request to see their grandchildren.
Hawke Segal Mediation can help initiate a mediation session on behalf of grandparents or parents to open the lines of communication and help come to some agreements to allow grandparents to maintain their relationship with their grandchildren.