Grandparents rights to grandchildren
Posted: Saturday January 11 2020
By: Vanessa Fox
Parliament is now considering a change in the law – which would give better rights to grandparents to see their grandchildren and it seems this will finally get the green light. The government is examining rules which might facilitate grandparents to maintain contact with their granddaughters and grandsons when their parents separate and divorce. The role of grandparents has taken on an unprecedented importance in modern day life. With many parents struggling to juggle work and family life, grandparents can be full time carers offering spiritual, financial and morale support and passing on their decades of worldly wisdom.
Why grandparents may deserve better rights to see their grandchildren
Instrumental in a crisis, grandparents also provide advice on parenting matters and are frequently invited on family holidays.
In my experience, the distress that grandparents suffer when parents split up and contact with their grandchildren at times grinds to a halt is akin to a bereavement from which some never recover.
The current system requires grandparents seeking to reconnect with their grandchildren to apply to court to obtain leave to pursue a child arrangement order, to enable them to see their grandchildren.