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National Grandparents’ Day

Sunday 6 October 2019 marks national Grandparents’ Day in the UK. It is a day dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the contributions which grandparents make to the wellbeing of their grandchildren.

The concept of national Grandparents’ Day was first established in the US in the 1970s, where it is now celebrated as a national holiday. It was subsequently introduced to the UK by the charity Age Concern (now Age UK) in the 1990s. Age UK continues to campaign and encourage for both the day and the role which grandparent’s play in children’s lives to be celebrated throughout the UK and for tips as to how to celebrate this weekend you may visit their website:

At Rayden Solicitors, we recognise that grandparents’ roles in children’s lives can often be marginalised as a result of conflict between parents who separate. This can be extremely distressing and, in some circumstances, lead to a breakdown in contact between the grandparent and the child.

Whilst there is no automatic right for a grandparent to spend time with their grandchildren it is possible for grandparents to apply to the court for permission to make an application to the court for contact. If successful, the court would then consider whether it would be appropriate for contact to be ordered when considering what would be in the best interests for the child.

Should you require any advice in relation to the rights and remedies available to grandparents please get in touch.  Rayden Solicitors are specialist family lawyers who can advise on all aspects of family law.

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