Reform of Grandparents' Rights


01 April, 2011

A reform of grandparents' rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren after a family breakdown announced today has been welcomed by the Family Team at Forbes Solicitors.

At the moment grandparents currently have no automatic rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren after a split which often leads to heartache and upset. Agreements are being proposed which would reinforce the importance of a relationship with grandparents for children.

Donna Amos, Family Solicitor welcomes the reforms, "As a family solicitor dealing with this type of case regularly I am pleased to see that the role grandparents play in a family finally being recognised. Often grandparents provide childcare and play an active part in the child's life before being cut off which is understandably very distressing."

Figures suggest that around half of grandparents lose touch with their grandchildren after separation or divorce, with the dad's parents being the most likely to be cut off.

Forbes family law team is made up of specialist Divorce Solicitors who offer advice on all areas of Family Law, including divorce, division of assets following marriage breakdown, cohabitee issues, ancillary relief, civil partnerships, children matters and change of name deeds. For further information on divorce issues please contact any of our Family Law Solicitors on 0800 689 1058.


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