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Grandparents play a key role in the care of children. Parents who work full time often look to grandparents to provide a helping hand in looking after their children.

Unfortunately, when a relationship breaks down not only is contact between the child and parent affected but between grandparents and their grandchildren. It is often assumed that grandparents have no rights to contact and that there is no way of reinstating contact when it breaks down. However, a resolution can be sought through the Courts as grandparents can make an application for a Contact Order. This process differs slightly from that made by a parent of a child and any grandparent seeking contact must firstly apply to the Court for permission.

We are listed on the lawyers list on the Grandparents Association website ( and can offer detailed legal guidance to grandparents experiencing difficulties with contact.

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