Under new proposals by the Government, Grandparents could win new legal rights to see their grandchildren.
When the parents separate, they will be expected to consider the role of the grandparents – on both sides – and to try to ensure that they have a continuing role in the lives of the children.
It is a well established principle in the courts that Grandparents have a special role to play in the lives of their grandchildren and this has been recognised previously by giving them the right to apply to court for contact if it cannot be agreed amicably following a the separation of the parents. They often play a vital role – even acting as full time carers in some circumstances.
Unfortunately, however, it is the case that just under half of grandparents do not see the grandchildren following a separation. This new law will seek to change that.
Hopefully this proposed reform will be introduced soon.
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