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What rights do Grandparents & aunts/uncles have to see children in the UK?
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What rights do Grandparents & aunts/uncles have to see children in the UK?

My sister & I have barely spoken for quite a while - she has effectively banned me from seeing her 4 children (3 of which I helped to raise) - she (my sister) is also being nasty to my Mum & we fear she may ban her from seeing the children too. Do we have any rights of access? If so please advise what & how we go about implementing them. PLEASE ONLY ANSWER IF YOU ARE 100% SURE AND CAN QUOTE ACTS OF PARLIAMENT ETC THAT GOVERN THIS







Professor
No right at all. I am sure 100% sure.


paul266172
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Unless your niece(s)/nephew(s) are over the age of 16 (the age at which they have the right to see whomever they wish), unfortunately you don't have any rights of access or visitation under the Children's Act of 1989. Unless, that is, you have your sister declared unfit under the provisions of the same act. You could try to see them, out of the home and without their mother, but that could just make the situation worse if discovered - she could take out an injunction against you. Grandparents have slightly different rights (again, under the same act), but ultimately it is the parent's decision whether to allow access or not. The best course of action I can suggest is to talk to your sister and find out why this is happening - if you have differences, you may be able to resolve them. Sorry I can't be more help. Good luck.


LYNDA M
you will have to get a lawyer,to view your case,my family are going through what you are experiencing,,and I know what you are going through,good luck.


tattoo980927
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In your case, none. The child's parent has the right to dictate who and when their child is allowed to spend time with. Their are grandparent's rights, but they pertain to case where there is a divorce or death to a parent. There were cases where, say, the father would die. The mother would sometimes, in an attempt to move on, deny the father's parents access to the child. In this instance, the grandparents can go to court on the matter. Generally, it is 4 hours every other week. It is also the grandparents responsibility to travel to see the child(ren). Ie., if the mother moves across the country, the grandparents would be required to go to the child(ren), not vice versa.


Heathen
None. You probably won't find a law that excludes people, but it is the parents right to raise the child as they see fit. You would have to show that the parents are unfit. You have to prove that you should see the children against their wishes. They do not have to prove why you shouldn't. The burden of proof is on you, not them. I'm 100% sure, but can't give you legal proof.







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