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    Hi all

    my partner is in the process of trying to prevent his two young children, 5 and 3, being relocated by their mother to NI, they currently have shared care and both have parental responsibility. The youngest has ASD and special needs, making the case a little more complicated in regards to communication. Currently father sees the children 4 days a week, the relocation would reduce this to just 1 day a month, with 2.5 weeks of contact for holidays. He is a very hands on dad and the thought of loosing the relationships he has with the boys is devastating.
    'We are at the point of a Section 7 report, both parties have submitted their statements to CAFCASS, Fathers statement the recommended 2 pages of what he feels is best for the children, mothers, however is 9 pages of emotional fabrications about dad, and how much better of 'she; will be if she moves.

    my question is...both parties have referenced the paternal grandparents, as they have played a massive part in the children's lives, unfortunately the 'opinions' of what the grandparents think is very different, one saying they think one way and one the other (they are still very much involved in both the children's and both parties lives). Is it permitted by either the court or CAFCASS for the grandparents to write a statement of their own, expressing their thoughts and opinions, instead of the conflicting views of the applicant and respondent?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: prohibited steps and CAFCASS

    If they are not then I am sure that either parent's solicitor can submit statements but remember, it is "what is in the child's best interests" that will always be paramount in these things.
    "Family means that no one gets forgotten or left behind"
    (quote from David Ogden Stiers)

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    Default Re: prohibited steps and CAFCASS

    Yes, the grandparents statement very much focuses on the welfare of the children, dad is representing himself, that's why I am making enquiries really, it's difficult with only the internet for information.

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