As a grandmother who has had 80 % care of my 10 year old granddaughter over the past 2 years and 50% care from her birth what are my rights. The mother of this child will not allow me or my husband to see her since over a month now because the mother is a very vindictive, tyrannical person who is subjecting my granddaughter to emotional, verbal and mental and physical abuse . The CAS and police have been involved approximately 2 weeks ago...I fear for my grandchild's well-being(as I have always had to and have tried to keep her as close to a normal life setting as humanly possible so she wouldn't be too harmed from the lifestyle of the mother and her parents.) What can I do to see my granddaughter?
I am sorry to hear this sad story.
You can retain a lawyer to write the mother a letter indicating that while you hope this can be worked out outside the legal system you will have no hesitancy to seek a Court Order granting you liberal access rights if it cannot be as the best interests of the child requires your involvement in a meaningful way given your past care of her.
If the child is not safe you may also want to consider discussing applying for custody with the lawyer.
If she does not allow you to see the child after that you can seek a Court Order and it's likely the Court would grant you access and more in your case than in most based on these facts.
You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free. The number is: 1-800-268-8326 or XXX-XXX-XXXX (within the GTA)