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There has to be a first - even though I have been on the Children's Panel since 1985! And as a first it symbolises the problems Grandparent carers face. It's the first time I have ever gone to court without seeing any of the local authority 's papers!

We had a phone call yesterday at 4.45pm telling us that the LA had issued Care Proceedings where the grandparents had a SGO. LA had not served clients or us. It was listed for hearing in Wolverhampton at 10.30 today with a plan for removal.

Met up with clients at court and still the LA had not served the documents. The LA's barrister emailed her bundle to us at about 11.15. There are 135 pages. It is a complex case.

Thankfully the grandparents had been in touch before yesterday's phone call as they were concerned about the way the LA were dealing with them. Had they not done so, it would have been extremely difficult to get representation at such short notice on a case where the key argument is about the LA's failure to provide support for a very disabled child.

It's critical when grandparents think that a local authority may act in a similar manner for carers to get expert legal advice.

We'll see what tomorrow brings!
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Welcome to Grandparents Legal Centre

The Grandparents Legal Centre are specialists in advising about the steps grandparents need to take to try and resolve certain difficult issues.  These can include contact to Grandchildren, taking on children when a parent can not look after a child, divorcing in later life and Grandparents being involved in care proceedings involving a grandchild. We hope to be able to give you information about Grandparents rights through the family courts.

When relationships break down in families, grandparents, who have been a major part of children’s lives, are sometimes denied any contact. 42% of grandparents lose contact with their grandchildren when their parents separate.

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