Often when parents separate, grandparents can be forgotten
about. They can lose contact with the child or children and
therefore miss the chance to watch their grandchildren grow
up. The grandchildren can also miss out on this beneficial
The law was reviewed prior to the Family Law (Scotland) Act
2006. It was decided that no change was needed in Scotland,
so grandparents still don't have automatic rights to see their
grandchildren. In order to seek contact they first need to
apply for Parental Rights and Responsibilities.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government recently told the Herald
Scotland that "Rights are given in relation to children in order to
allow a person to fulfil his or her parental responsibilities, not
to ensure that person's continuing relationship with the
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