Grandparents visitation rights. Four children aged 17, 9, 8 and 1. Have maintained close contact with them all their

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Customer: Four children aged 17, 9, 8 and 1
JA: What state are the children in? Visitation rights vary by state.
Customer: Have maintained close contact with them all their lives. Recent deterioration in relationship with the mum (my daughter). I'm in New Zealand
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Customer: Daughter and her partner separated 1 year ago
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington with more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.
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The family court does recognise that grandparents have an important role in their family life. It is not automatic that you can get contact with your grandchildren however. All parents can apply for a parenting order to get contact with their children, grandparents have to go through a little more Effort, because you have to ask for the court for permission to apply. What I would suggest however is that you try family mediation before you think about going to the family court. Going to court is expensive and often damages relationships even more badly than they are at present.  A skilled and trained family mediator can work with you and your daughter to try and resolve these issues
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I hope this has been a useful start to resolution of the problem

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