“Family structures are more complicated today than ever before”
One aspect of family life which changes following separation is the change in relationships with extended family members. Grandparents and extended family often become side lined following a separation and sometimes children can lose contact with the other side of the family.
This can be difficult for all involved especially if children had a close relationship with grandparents. It is important to a child’s wellbeing to try to maintain that relationship.
These relationships can provide a vital support system to children who didn’t want to always talk to parents. Also it helps if both parents can encourage their families to view the other parent positively and support the decision to co parent however they may feel about the ex partner.
However, sometimes grandparents may be stopped from seeing their grandchildren and if this is the case it is important to seek legal advice at an early stage to discuss what options are available to re-start that relationship.
Karen Myles, a solicitor, mediator and collaborative practitioner in our York office has over 25 years experience dealing with complex children cases. She says “Family structures are more complicated today than ever before and it is important to acknowledge this when dealing with any dispute involving children.”
This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.