Grandparents v biological parents
The most important factor when making a decision about who will be granted parental responsibility for a child is the child’s safety and wellbeing. The Family Court recently decided that a 9 year old girl who was living with her grandparents after her mother’s death 18 months earlier would remain in her grandparents care rather than her father’s. This was despite having regular contact and a good relationship with her father. If the Court had granted the father parental responsibility then the child would have to relocate school, home, live away from her best friend and the community that had supported her and be subjected to her father’s ongoing treatment for mental health issues.
The Court decided that it was in the child’s best interests to remain in her grandparent’s care for the foreseeable future.
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