Grandparent Rights to See Grandchildren after Divorce
Unfortunately, as a grandparent in England or Wales, you do not have any automatic legal rights to see your grandchildren if a parent prevents you from seeing them.
Following a successful trial period, the UK government’s online divorce scheme was made available in England and Wales on 1st May 2018 with the promise of introducing a more efficient, straightforward and simple divorce application process. Inevitably, that’s raised questions among some about why you’d still need legal representation if you’re getting a divorce.
So let’s take a look at how online divorce scheme actually works, who can benefit from it, and why many people will still want a Divorce Solicitor to represent them.
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Whilst the online divorce scheme promises efficiency and simplicity, divorce is rarely a straightforward process and often expert legal advice from a Divorce Solicitor can end up saving you a great deal of time and money.
The online divorce scheme is largely beneficial in non-contentious (not disputed) divorces, where both parties agree on the various particulars regarding their divorce arrangements. Issues often arise where the other party is in disagreement with aspects of the application and fails to co-operate or ignores the divorce papers.
Instances where the divorce respondent fails to return the Acknowledgement of Service form to the Court or decides to defend the divorce are examples that can prolong or complicate the divorce process. In these cases, it is worth seeking legal advice from a Divorce Solicitor as a pre-emptive measure to avoid further complications and increasing costs, as Divorce Solicitors have a depth of experience in dealing with the intricacies of the divorce process.
Family finances and children matters are perhaps the most complicated aspects of a divorce and there is currently no online system available to address either of these issues. It’s always best to reach an agreement with regards to finances and children matters if you are going through the divorce process.
If matrimonial finances are being negotiated, applicants will often delay the Decree Absolute before the finances are dealt with, which may block the process from concluding. Once litigation commences off the back of a divorce, most people will want a Divorce Solicitor to deal with it for them as their future finances are at stake.
For more information see Divorce Financial Orders and Financial Settlements.
Whether you’re thinking of applying for divorce online or instructing a Solicitor, you can benefit from an initial consultation with a Divorce Solicitor to help you decide your best course of action.
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