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FAQ: What are my rights as a grandparent if my grandchild’s parents are divorcing or separating?

FAQ: What are my rights as a grandparent if my grandchild’s parents are divorcing or separating?

As a grandparent, you are in a delicate position when your child is seeking a divorce. You will want to support them as much as possible, and maintain your relationship with your grandchild/grandchildren. You do not hold any automatic legal rights as a grandparent during the divorce, but if you’re worried about the outcome and how it might affect you and your relationship with the grandchild, then you can arrange to meet with your child and their partner to discuss the situation.

You may be able to reach an agreement before the divorce is finalised, which helps clarify your role in the grandchild’s future.

If you no longer have contact with your grandchild after a divorce, you can apply to the courts for a child arrangement order . Getting the courts involved is advised only as a last resort – to avoid further disruption for the grandchild in question, so mediation or informal agreements should be sought out first.


If you need advice from an experienced family law solicitor, you can always arrange a fixed fee consultation with Goodwins, to help you decide on the best way to proceed should your contact with your grandchild be disrupted after a divorce. You can get in touch with us today. We are located in Harrow, London, with on site car parking and accessible from public transport links. On the other hand, if you are overseas we can arrange a Skype call with you if it is more convenient.


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