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Grandparents granted right to see grandchild

Published söndag 13 mars 2011 kl 16.51

A court of appeals has granted the grandparents of a six-year-old girl in southern Sweden the right to see their granddaughter the last Saturday every month.

The girl's parents separated shortly after her birth, and not long after that the father died. The mother was given custody of the child, but there was disagreement already from the start regarding the father's visiting rights. Some time after his death, the father's parents approached the local council to ask for their help in coming to an agreement over their rights to visit their grandchild. The visiting rights of grandparents were strengthened in the 2006 Children and Parents Code.

The council decided the grandparents had visiting rights, but in reality this never happened. The case was brought to a district court, which judged in favour of the grandparents, granting them the right to see their granddaughter for six hours every other weekend. The court noted that it is in the interest of the girl that she is given the chance to connect with and get to know her father through her paternal grandparents and relatives on his side of the family.

In the decision, the mother was also demanded to pay a fine for every time she had refused the grand parents' visiting rights. The mother appealed the decision, and now the appeals court has come to its verdict.

In the meantime, the parties have come to an agreement regarding the terms of the visiting rights, which the court of appeals now supports. According to the agreed terms, a more gradual transition is ensured, so that the mother will be allowed to be present when the grandparents meet their granddaughter for the first few months. From the beginning of next year, the mother shall bring the daughter to her grandparents, and allow them to see her for the stipulated six hours without the mother being present.

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