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Grandparents to win access right

Grandparents are expected to be given the legal right to see their grandchildren following divorce battles.

The move will force separating parents to allow grandparents ongoing access in the lives of the affected children.

Details of the proposals will be unveiled as part of a government-commissioned review on family justice by David Norgrove, a former civil servant.

Parenting Agreements are set to be a key plank of the proposals and will work by setting out contract agreements for parents.

Under current legislation grandparents have no rights of contact with grandchildren when their own children divorce.

In 2009, just under 114,000 divorces were registered in England and Wales.

The Daily Telegraph reported that ministers were keen to increase grandparents' access because because of the vital role they can play in bringing up children.

The review was established to examine how the current system could be reformed to better support children and parents.

It focused on the best methods for avoiding confrontational court hearings, and encouraging the use of mediation to deliver fairer and less acrimonious settlements that place the needs and interests of children at the heart of the system.

Mr Norgrove has previously revealed that the proposals could also see couples urged to seek mediation rather than face a courtroom battle.


From Belfast Telegraph