Grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren, but if you are a grandparent reading this, do not lose heart. The law recognises that a child has a right to family life and this is not necessarily limited to parents.
If a grandparent is being prevented from seeing their grandchildren by the parent with the care of the children or, in some cases, both parents, an application can be made to the Court.
A grandparent needs to make an application to the Court for permission to bring an application for contact with their grandchildren.
Grandparents should not be put off by this. They should, however, seek legal advice before pursuing a Court application.