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navywife | 21:19 Fri 18th Dec 2009 | Law
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i wonder if anyone can help me i am a mum of a two year old. my husband and i have had a huge family agruement with my parents about parenting my little girl we had hoped things where getting sorted out, but now they are refusing to accept my husband into the family and seeking grandparents rights do they have a right to do this?


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If you and your husband are married, and have a child, what does it matter if your parents woin't "accept him into the family"? You, he and the baby are the family now. Tell them that you won't accept them into your family. As for grandparents rights, if you and her are happy and living together, they are completely secondary. I am no expert, but I would have thought that no court in the land will put grandparents ahead of parents if there is nothing to be concerned about in the parental and child relationships.
Agree with Androcles totally.
This issue needs to be sorted out for once and for all , and will involve you both making it clear that you 3 are the family now.They as grandparents do not have any rights to your child in any way.Then just get on living your life as a unit. If they want to be part of this unit then they do it on your terms.
Definitely not.
You, your husband and daughter are a family unit and as parents you have the right to decide how your child is brought up. You don't say specifically what the parenting arguments were about. This may be a case where generational attitudes and nobody necessarily is 100% right and in a quiet moment you may wish to think about whether they merely have your daughter's interests at heart, rather than dliberately trying to be difficult. After all, they have many years experience of parenting whereas you and your husband only have two years, so try to step back a little and think about why these arguments have occurred.

Having said that, your parents have to accept that when you married, your personal loyalties changed and took a different priority. Whether they like this or not, they have to accept that this is the order of things. Grandparents do not currently have any specific legal rights. You will all be the poorer if they refuse to acknowledge your husband, and you refuse to let your parents see their granddaughter so perhaps you could point out to them that their persistence in following this course of action will only split the family apart..
When it comes to grandparent rights to contact the court will use the usual principles to decide the matter. These include the ascertainable wishes of the child, the effect on the child of any change in circumstances and how capable the applicants are of meeting the child's needs. Most grandparents are granted contact, as it is generally considered that it is beneficial for children to have a relationship with their grandparents.

However, in most cases the grandparents applying for contact rights are the grandparents of an absent parent. And surely it is difficult to argue that it will be beneficial for the child if they do not except its father into the family.

I agree with all the other posts: the grandparents have no applicable rights in the current case.

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