Divorce or separation can leave grandparents without contact with their grandchildren.

Grandparents do have limited legal rights and an application can be made to the court if a grandparent is being refused contact with their grandchild or if the contact is generally being obstructed.


Step-parents often play an important part in the lives of their step-children yet they have legal parental responsibility for the child and cannot therefore be involved in making decisions regarding the child. If the biological parents agree, a Parental Responsibility Agreement can be entered into or it may be possible to ask the court to make such an order.

Our specialist family solicitors can advise you regarding Parental Responsibility Agreements and can draft the agreement for you. We can also advise and assist you with regard to making an application to the court. Please call us on 01442 242999 or email us at for further information.