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Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 223947, tabled on 10 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of existing arrangements for grandparents to have access to their grandchildren following the divorce of the parents of those children.

Answered on

19 February 2015

When making any decision about a child’s upbringing the court’s paramount consideration will be the welfare of the child.

The Government believes that the existing arrangements for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren in cases of parental dispute are effective and do not unfairly disadvantage grandparents.

Child arrangements orders are able to deal with all the arrangements needed for a child in a single order, and that could include arrangements for spending time with grandparents where the court is considering this as an issue.