Grandparents are usually the forgotten casualties of a divorce or separation. Nowadays, most play a fundamental role in their grandchildren’s lives, but often are forgotten or sidelined when considering the child care arrangements upon a divorce or separation.
However, grandparents have rights under the Children Act 1989 to apply for a Child Arrangement Order which would set out the time that they can spend with their grandchildren. This is especially important if one spouse is being denied any time with their child. At least the child can retain some family link with that parent. Leave of the court is required before any application can be pursued, but this is rarely refused if a commitment can be shown.
Grandparents are also able to try and resolve matters through the less costly and less stressful route of mediation and collaboration.