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What's George up to in Coronation Street?

Maybe I am being highly suspicious, but is it only me who thinks Simon’s grandfather, George Wilson, may just have another agenda?  I’m talking Coronation Street here in case you wondered what on earth I was going on about!

George is the father of Lucy, who died shortly after giving birth to Simon.  Recently George has appeared on The Street and he and his wife Eve seem too good to be true.  They have been generous with the Barlow’s, bonding with Simon – offering to pay for his education at a local private school, but in a more sinister capacity George has invested money into a venture with Peter, Simon’s alcoholic father.  This is no ordinary venture, this is a bar, a bar selling alcohol!  Why would you encourage someone to open and run a licensed premises, when they have a pre-existing drink problem – unless you had an ulterior motive?  That’s why I am suspicious – and what’s more I have just read about this plot on Wikipedia!

If my memory serves me correctly, there was a time when Grandparents could not pursue Contact Orders for rights to see their grandchildren, and certainly not a Residency Order.  But I’m told things have changed.

So this time it’s the turn of my Family Department to give me the appropriate advice.

Senior partner and head of the family team, Peter Flint points me in the right direction by telling me.  “Grandparents are entitled to apply for Residence, (what used to be referred to as custody), and Contact Orders in relation to their grandchildren.  They first have to obtain the leave of the court to make such an application, which would normally be granted.”  He goes on to say, “As in all cases involving children, the Court will reach a decision based upon what is considered to be in the best interests of the children, having regard to the "Welfare Checklist" set out in the Children Act 1989.”

Peter explains “A Residence Order is an order stating with whom a child should live.  A Residence Order may be made for a specific period, but will normally last until the child reaches 16 years, or becomes self sufficient, ie leaves school and obtains employment.  A Residence Order can be made in favour of more than one person, even when those people do not live together and the Order may specify the periods during which the child is to live with the different households concerned.”

So it would seem Peter, Leanne, Ken & Deirdre need to be careful.  If George Wilson is plotting to apply for a Residence Order for Simon, given Peter Barlow’s inability to offer a stable home environment, particularly considering he has just ‘fallen off the wagon’, he could just be successful.