Sometimes the circumstances in which a relationship breakdown can spill out into the wider family.

Increasingly the courts find themselves dealing with applications by grandparents who are constrained from seeing their grandchildren after a split.

In an age when childcare comes at a premium, many grandparents will have performed a regular childcaring role and the children will have formed an attachment to them. Obviously, there will be the opportunity for children to see their grandparents when they are in the care of the parent who is the grandparents’ child but if that isn’t happening, consider whether or not it will be in the children’s interests to spend time with the grandparents of that individual?

Grandparents are now in the category of applicants who can seek permission to make an application and the courts are generally cognisant of the positive impact members of an older generation of a family can have on a child’s general welfare.