Grandparents play an integral role in a child's development. It is therefore worrying to see an increasing number of grandparents being prevented from enjoying contact with their grandchildren following separation or divorce. What many people do not realise is that it is possible for grandparents to apply to court for an order in relation to contact.
Whilst grandparents do not have the same rights and responsibilities as the parents, the English courts still recognise the important role a grandparent will play in a child's life.
The important role a grandparent can play in a child's life is undeniable. Apart from providing a substantial amount of childcare they are often called upon for moral and financial support. Considering this and the fact that most grandparents enjoy spending quality time with their grandchildren it is surprising to find that there are an ever increasing number of grandparents fighting for this right. The figure of over 1 million grandchildren being denied contact with their grandparent(s) is testament to this. Often the reason for lack of access is divorce, where perhaps one parent is denying contact through no fault of the grandparent.