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CHILD ISSUES AND PARENTING
GRANDPARENTS - CAN I SEE MY GRANDCHILD

 

Grandparents and Parenting Plans


Grandparent Parenting Plans - Avoiding Court

 

If the parents of a Grandchild agree to make a Parenting Plan for the Child or Children, then Grandparents can also be included in the Parenting Plan.

When Grandparents are included in a Parenting Plan, the Parenting Plan can include any of the following:

  • the time Grandparents will spend with their Grandchildren, including the frequency, where and how that time will occur and the like;
  • Whether the time is physical time, telephone time, by skype etc;
  • Whether or not anyone else is to be present during that time;
  • the communication the Grandparent can have with the Child such as ability to make phone calls outside the specific time set aside for the Grandparent to spend with the Child;
  • If it is necessary provision regarding the ability of a Grandparent to send letters, cards, gifts etc and how they be sent.

A Parenting Plan is a written agreement signed by both parents which details the parenting arrangements for the Child.

If a Grandparent is included in the Parenting Plan then they can also sign the Parenting Plan.

A Parenting Plan is not binding or enforceable. 

The Court will however consider the Parenting Plan as evidence of what the parties agreed was probably in the best interests of the child or children at the time. 

If you would like to arrange to spend time with your Grandchildren then you can contact a Family Dispute Resolution Provider such as your local Family Relationships Centre to initiate a Family Dispute Resoution Conference.

A FDR Conference is similar to a Mediation and except in cases of urgency, before you can go to Court to obtain an Order, you must file a Section 60I Certificate from a FDR provider showing there was at least an attempt to go to a FDR Conference first.

More is explained in Why must Grandparents attend Mediation page.

If you cannot reach agreement about the time to be spent between a Grandparent and Grandchild our page How a Grandparent goes to Court explains more.

Read also Why Children have an entitlement to spend time with their Grandparents.

 

 

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