When it comes to divorce/separation it's often the extended family that lose out
With more and more parents working, grandparents have increasingly been pressed into service as childcarers. They play a substantial and vital role and according to a recent survey, 64% of families with working parents rely on grandparents for at least some of their childcare, of which for most there is no charge.
But what happens when their child faces divorce/separation?
A grandparent may have provided daycare for the children 5 days a week, but will have no right to apply for contact in the event parents separate. This will undoubtedly have an effect on their relationship with their Grandchildren.
Judith Middleton explains the available options - Keeping In Touch with Grandchildren After Divorce
Further information for Grandparents is listed below:
Grandparents Rights - To encourage the Government to grant legal rights to grandparents in family law to benefit child welfare.
Grandparents Apart - campaign for greater respect of Grandparents and older people in Scotland
Grandparents Association Website - resources and advice for Grandparents