As promised to Paris Logue readers in Scotland, here’s an update on grandparents’ rights in France (and in Europe). First of all there’s the Le Figaro January 2 article which I mentioned in a previous entry. It lists the highlights of the new law including rights of visitation, rights to assist with education, rights to exchange correspondence.
According to the site www.infobebes.com,
there are no hard and fast rules or guidelines about the length of a grandchild’s stay. Normally a judge takes the family situation into consideration i.e. whether the parents are divorced or not, the age of the child, the child’s schooling arrangements. The duration of the visit is also variable. It can be one Sunday per month or two to three weeks during vacation per year. It depends (to quote a famous Norman quote.) Normally the judge tries to let the family designate the dates and lodging arrangements.
In certain cases, the judge will decide against visits if he or she finds grandma and grandpa to be incapable of caring for the child, if the visit would present a dangerous situation for the child, if the relations between parents and grandparents is so bad as to perturb the child, or simply if the child has no desire to be with the grandparents.
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Parents have the right to deny visits if the grandparents do not live in France.
For those of you living in Scotland, you might want to take a look at the site for the Yearbook of the European Convention of Human Rights which mentions Article 8 in relation to Family Rights.
If you’re looking for more information on Grandparent’s rights in France on the internet you need to key in “ Droits des Grand-parents”.