Grandparent Custody and Access

We understand that grandparents can play a pivotal role in a child’s life. In some instances, grandparents play a critical parenting role in a child’s life, making major decisions for a child’s upbringing. In other situations, grandparents may be less involved but still enrich a child’s life through short-term childcare and acting as a positive and supportive presence. If a grandparent has played a positive role in a child’s life in the past, it can be important that they continue to do so in the future.  

A grandparent’s role in a child’s life may change in any number of situations. This may include separation of the child’s parents or a breakdown in the relationship between the child’s parent and grandparent. If you are a grandparent and you are concerned your role in your grandchild’s life is at risk, we at MDW Law in Halifax can provide you with advice and representation.

Together, we will determine the best option for your particular circumstances, whether you seek custody of your grandchild or simply wish to remain present and involved in your grandchild’s life.  For those who already have custody of a grandchild, we also advocate for your grandchild’s financial security by seeking financial support from those required to provide it under Nova Scotia law.  If you simply wish to remain present in your grandchild’s life, we will advocate for you and work towards a resolution which is consistent with your goals and your grandchild’s best interests.

Every situation is unique and we will discuss with you the options available to resolve the associated legal issues. Our lawyers are experienced in courtroom advocacy and make the appropriate court applications on our clients’ behalf. We are also skilled in alternate forms of dispute resolution such as negotiation between counsel, mediation or collaborative family law. Please contact us at our Halifax office to find out how we can help you.


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