I have a grand-son who is under oranga tamariki care and protection and would like to apply for visiting rights for my

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Customer: I have a grand-son who is under oranga tamariki care and protection and would like to apply for visiting rights for my son (the dad). He is not on the birth cert but we as the paternal grand-parents wer contacted by oranga tamariki to attend the fgc.
JA: What steps have the son and the father taken? Has he filed any papers in family court?
Customer: No he is being released from jail this week and I want to know wat his options are as far as visiting his son goes
JA: The Family Lawyer will be able to walk you through that. Family law varies by state. What state is he in?
Customer: New Zealand
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Maternal family have a history a mile long with oranga tamariki. My son has served 6 months for aggravated robbery but now realizes he has a responsibility to change for his son. Mum is a teen mother our first fgc plan we put in place stuff that they both had to do. I know she hasn't done none of those things and oranga tamariki have not made her do them either so the purpose of the fgc was to me a waste of time. I am concerned for my grand-son on the understanding she is a young mum, knows nothing about being a mum, does not have good role models, she drank alcohol and did drugs when she was pregnant. She moves her son from house to house and during civil lock down she traveled around different towns with my grand-son at not quite 2mths old.
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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The 1st step would be to try to negotiate a parenting agreement between your son and the boys mother. You can do this with family mediation and contact places like Fairway who appoint a neutral and experienced family mediator to help the parents reach an agreement. This agreement can later be registered in the family court as an order. If you don't think mediation is likely to work, then your son can apply to the family court for orders as to contact. If this is defended the court will appoint a lawyer for the child. If he has just been released from jail, you will certainly qualify for legal aid as he won't otherwise have any money to pay for a lawyer. If you need help finding a legal aid lawyer please let me know the city and I can suggest some names

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Ok how do we get mediator or advocate to do this. All my son wants is contact with his son. We did do all this in his first fgc but things haven't gone how they wer suppose to. We made contact with her to see him as often as we could as a family while my son was in jail but she didn't like that he knew us and now she has up and moved to another town. We just found this out yesterday.
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You should contact Fairway Resolution who will appoint a mediator and help your son with the subsidy with the cost. Their contact is 0800 77 44 20
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