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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

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Grandparent access rights

In Ontario, grandparents have the right to seek access to their grandchildren. This is known as “grandparent access.” Grandparents may seek access to their grandchildren if they believe that it is in the best interests of the child and if their relationship with the child has been beneficial to the child.

There are a few different ways that grandparents can seek access to their grandchildren in Ontario. The first is to try to reach an agreement with the parents of the child. This can be done through mediation or by coming to an agreement on their own. If the parents are unable to come to an agreement, the grandparents can file an application with the court to seek access to their grandchildren.

The court will consider a number of different factors when deciding on a grandparent access application. These factors include the child’s best interests, the nature of the relationship between the grandparents and the child, and any potential harm that may come to the child if access is granted. The court may also consider the parents’ wishes and any reasons why they may not want the grandparents to have access to the child.

It’s important to note that while grandparents have the right to seek access to their grandchildren, the court will ultimately make the decision on whether or not to grant access. In some cases, the court may decide that it is not in the best interests of the child to have access to their grandparents.

If the court grants access to the grandparents, they will have the right to spend time with their grandchildren on a regular basis. This may include overnight visits or holidays, depending on the terms of the court order. The court may also order that the grandparents have access to the child on a supervised basis, depending on the circumstances.

In conclusion, grandparents in Ontario have the right to seek access to their grandchildren. The court will consider the child’s best interests and the nature of the relationship between the grandparents and the child when making a decision on a grandparent access application. If access is granted, the grandparents will have the right to spend time with their grandchildren on a regular basis.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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