Contact with a Child isn’t Limited Only to Parents
Child custody cases are often difficult on the parents and the child. In some cases, other family members can also feel the pain of the child custody case. Some family members, such as grandparents, might decide to seek contact with the child. The Family Law Act provides a way for non-guardians to still be able to see a child.
There are several different types of contact that a child can have with someone who isn’t a parent or guardian of the child. It is important to note that while the person is in contact with the child, they can’t make decisions about the child’s life. Only someone who is the child’s guardian can make those types of decisions.
A person who is granted contact with a child might have certain conditions placed upon him or her for that contact. One possibility for contact is called conditions on contact. When the court orders this, the person has to meet certain requirements before he or she can have contact with the child. In some cases, there are specific conditions about what the person can do with the child.
The court might order that the person only has contact with the child in specified places or at specified times. The person would have to follow those guidelines to be able to see the child.
Another possibility is a supervised visit. In this case, the visit with the child would be monitored. The person monitored might be a family member or friend.
In all cases of contact with a child that goes through the court, it is vital that you follow the plan the court establishes. Deviating from the plan can lead to a denial of contact with the child.
Source: Family Law in British Columbia, “Spending time with a child if you’re not a guardian: Contact,” accessed Sep. 06, 2015