There are 14 million grandparents in the UK.
Of that number, 1.4 million, or 1 in 10 of all grandparents are under 50 years of age. Grandparents who provide childcare do so for an average of 16 hours a week and undertake free childcare worth £3.9 billion pounds a year.
As a consequence, in recent years, the media – press, television and radio – have encouraged grandparents and others to believe that there are “grandparents’ rights” given the increased role that grandparents now have in the care and welfare of their grandchildren.
Unfortunately, despite the reliance upon grandparents more so than ever before, this is not the case.
In matters of public law i.e. those cases involving children and the Local Authority, guidance is very specific: in private law cases (say divorce etc) things are more problematic and there is very little which a grandparent may expect “as of right”.
There are, however, several areas where, with the right information and support, a grandparent might hope to make progress in contacting grandchildren.
In law, the greatest stress is always laid, quite rightly, on the welfare of the child or children being paramount, and it is the courts who have to make the often difficult decision.
If you are a grandparent and find yourself in difficulties in establishing or re-establishing contact with a grandchild, at Kyles Legal Practice, we have the family law experts to help you.
For all potential client’s we offer free initial appointments so that you are able to consider all the available options with no obligations.. Should you wish to speak to one of our family law experts in confidence upon the issues that you may face then we would encourage you to make an appointment at the earliest opoirtunity by contacting our head office on 0191 257 1051.