Are the kids looking forward to spending time with their grandparents this Christmas? A playful Grandad and a sweet Granny are the apples of many children’s eyes. But when parents separate and families are split, do grandparents have any right to see their grandchildren?
Unfortunately grandparents have no automatic rights towards their grandchildren however family courts do recognise the important roles that grandparents play in children’s lives, not just as free babysitters but as their biggest supporters and role models. If arrangements can’t be agreed with the parents, grandparents can apply to court for permission to make an application to spend time with their grandchildren. It is very rare that the courts would refuse a grandparent’s access to their grandchildren.
If you need help with access to your grandchildren please contact Stephanie Kleyman at or Louise Forsyth at