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Information on Grandparents' Rights when a Couple Divorce

Grandparents can have a vital role in children’s lives. This is particularly so when family circumstances are difficult and they are called upon to assist in a caring role.

In a recent report published by Grandparents Plus it suggested that there were estimated to be in excess of 13 million grandparents in Britain. It found that the role they played in looking after their grandchildren was “vital”. 63% of those surveyed looked after their grandchildren in some form.

There are a number of reasons that this could be the case. There is in many cases a need for parents to go to work and often formal childcare costs are prohibitive. Generally speaking grandparents have some time on their hands and conventional wisdom dictates that having a family member look after children rather than an outsider is in their best interests.

Astonishingly, 43% of children aged under five whose mother works have some care provided by their grandparents (only dropping 1% for children between five and ten years of age).

The value of the childcare provided by grandparents has been estimated historically by Age Concern at nearly £4 billion per year – and that figure could be substantially higher today. It has a vital affect on the economy, often enabling a parent to go out to work.

The responsibility of the modern day grandparent is not limited to just the caring role. They also play a huge function financially too. This can take a number of forms including day to day financial assistance; setting money aside to help grandchildren get on the property ladder and tax planning by use of generation skipping when considering inheritances.

Having established such a positive bond between grandparent and grandchild, it is equally striking that an estimate by the Grandparent Association in 2009 suggested that 1 million grandchildren then lose contact with their grandparents as a result of divorce or separation. The Department for Children, Schools and Families reported in 2008 that whilst 6 in 10 paternal grandparents describe themselves as “very close” to their grandchildren before separation, that figure drops to 3 in 10 after separation.

At Prolegal we understand that losing contact with a grandchild is heartbreaking, but we can assist in helping to ensure that your bond is not broken permanently.

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