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My daughter died in November age 34 leaving 3 children under

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My daughter died in November age 34 leaving 3 children under 7, her partner moved out of the family home within 2 weeks with another woman, he took the children out of their home and away from their friends and family and also their school which my daughter fought to get them into, they are now in an unsafe area their school-work has deteriated, and has forbidden us any contact with the school to check on their progress, as we are grandparents does he have a right to do this, and what rights do we have. How do we find out whether he has guardianship or not as we were never notified.
Esther Griffin
I am sorry to hear this.

Was he married to your daughter?

Are they his children?

In which State did this happen?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

They were not married. He is the father of all 3 children. We are in county Wexford, Republic of Ireland

Thank you for that information.

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Thank you for your patience, Esther. We will continue the search for a professional for you.

Currently access/custody for grandparents is a 2 stage process. You must make an application for leave to apply for access before the District Court before you can make a formal application relating to access and custody

You have certain rights of access but Ultimately, the court's chief concern, is Your grandchildren's welfare and their right of access to their grandparents. The court must take into account the views of the child in considering such cases and Judges will often speak to a child privately in relation to such access.

The only caveat to all of the above, is that there is a new piece of legislation coming down the track. It is currently before the Orieachtas. The Rights of Grandparents Bill 2013 if it becomes legislation (which it most likely will) extends the rights of Grandparents significantly.

if your daughter did not appoint him a guardian then the only way he could have obtained that status is if he made an application to the court and this will be the court file.
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Experience: B. Corp Law, Ll.B. Dip Comm Prop. In general practice for more then 6 years
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