Relationships between family members can become difficult following divorce or separation, Grandparents who have previously enjoyed free access to the children can find that they are excluded because a recently divorced or separated parent does not want to maintain contact with the other parent’s family. This can be particularly difficult for grandparents with whom children often have a deep bond. There is no automatic right for grandparent contact to be able to see their grandchildren but an application to court for an order that a parent allow contact is possible. The views of both parents and the children’s wishes and feelings will be taken into account. The level of involvement and the relationship the grandparents enjoyed previously with their grandchildren is also a relevant factor.
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Trying to negotiate seeing your grandchildren when your own child is also having a difficult time communicating with their former partner about seeing them can be particularly distressing and grandparents often feel obliged to ‘take a back seat’.
“Huge, huge thanks for your help, support, hard work and legal advice. It felt like a long journey from when I first sat in your office but now the case is resolved.”
Grandparents don’t have an automatic right to maintain contact with their grandchildren but they can apply for permission to make an application for the court to consider whether there should be an order that specifies when and how children should see the grandparents. An application to court should be a last resort however and this is one of the many areas of family law in which careful and sensitive communication with the children’s parents is essential and can make all the difference to the outcome.
Thank you so very much for your expert advice and guidance over the past 3 years. As I say I just can’t believe what an amazing effect it has had on me since walking from the court yesterday! I don’t mind saying as I walked back to the car park I shed a few tears of total relief of my nightmares finally coming to an end! Life can now start again and I can look forward with so much more positivity and control of it.Mr J.S.
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Huge, Huge thanks for all your help, support, hard work and legal advice, it has felt like a long journey from when I first sat in your office but suddenly the case is resolved. The arrival of my Decree Absolute happened to coincide with my collection of a new car so it was a monumental day and truly marked a new chapter in our lives, thank you for making that possibleMrs L.K.
You were very fair with your charges and I really appreciate all your help. I can now look forward to the future and the next chapter of my life. Once again thank you so much for all your support through this long process and for your endeavours on my behalf. Best wishes and a huge hugMrs M.R.
Thank you for everything you have done for me and having patience with it all, so very happy to be divorced!Mrs T.G.
Lisa was fabulous - always very responsive, professional and gave sound and sensitive advice throughout to help me navigate my divorce. Always felt I was in good hands and would thoroughly recommend.Mr B.S.
I want to share our experience with Lisa Smith of Heritage Park Family Law. We dealt with Lisa about five years ago when she handled a sensitive custody case on our behalf. She was professional, affordable and showed compassion for our situation. A week ago we once again had need of her help and again, without hesitation, Lisa came to our aid, and helped us resolve our problem speedily. We have no hesitation in highly recommending the legal services of Lisa to any person, particularly regarding family law.Ms G.VDL.
Going through any legal battle is difficult at best, but when it involves family and children it is somewhat made even more difficult. What you get from Lisa is someone who takes time to listen, to gauge the important issues and to advise accordingly, but with a sense that she knows your view and knows exactly what will be best for all parties. Totally professional in every aspect and fantastic in court. Without her approach the whole episode would have been far worse to get through. Highly recommended is an understatement.Mr H.H.
My matter was a fairly long process due to other parties involved. However Heritage Park and Lisa made it much more simple and stuck to all aspects to resolve them in a timely manner. Always friendly always professional and always keeping me updated in all aspects. Lisa guided me through the process in a way that made it understandable at all stages. Let’s face it matrimonial matters can be stressful but Lisa was always available to help and give clear advice. Costs were always explained and the breakdown of them always fully itemised throughout the process. I would recommend Heritage Park to anyone who needs the right advice and help to guide them through the process. Thank you.Mr J.ST.
Lisa was great throughout my lengthy divorce, giving great advise when needed. Would definitely recommended.Mrs K.N.
A big thank you to Lisa for the help in my daughters divorce. Highly recommended.Mr K.B.
Lisa helped me enormously with my divorce, she was so helpful, easy to reach and always on hand to deal with my concerns. It was like having someone to hold my hand and steer me through everything at an extremely worrying and emotionally draining time. I found her extremely professional but very friendly and approachable. All fees are explained up front and there are no hidden extras. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Heritage Park Family Law.Mrs L.M.
Lisa from Heritage Park Family Law is a very professional and friendly lady, who gave me great advice at the beginning of my separation from my husband of over 20 years, which was a very difficult and upsetting time for me. She was very accommodating with appointments at short notice, would reply to emails promptly and return missed calls. Every step was of my divorce was explained in detail, and her professionalism and service was second to none. I would not hesitate in recommending Lisa to anyone in the future.Ms M.B.
Professional and supportive, I highly recommend Lisa and the team at Heritage Park. Lisa was wonderful both emotionally and professionally throughout my divorce, taking on all administration aspects of what could have been a lengthy and painful process if handled solo. She offered a free consultation to talk through the situation to start, was clear throughout on costs, which although we’re higher than I had originally budgeted, were worth it, and even communicated with my husband to ensure documentation was completed on time and to standard. Although Lisa’s availability could be tricky at times due to court appearances she was always willing to answer any more questions I had when in the office and was clear about her time from the start. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with the team, everybody’s situation is unique, but I felt I was in safe hands throughout.Mrs L.P.
Lisa helped me over many months in my divorce which involved court proceedings all the way to final hearing over child custody. Her balanced and realistic approach was in contrast to the many fee motivated solicitors I had tried before. The result was a successful outcome for me and I now have my children back. I would highly recommend Lisa for help in divorce cases!Mr S.F.