MPs are backing calls for a change in the current law in respect of the rights of grandparents and other wider family members.
Currently, in order to make an application for a Child Arrangements Order, grandparents first need to apply for permission. If this is granted, an application for a Child Arrangements Order can progress.
Whatever the changes to the procedure of applying for a Child Arrangements Order, the Court would still consider the welfare of the child and so any decisions to be made within proceedings would follow the same principles as are currently in place.
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A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “The welfare of a child is the primary consideration for the family courts and steps are taken wherever possible to reduce the impact of family conflict on children when relationships end. “We will consider any proposals for helping children maintain involvement with grandparents, together with other potential reforms to the family justice system, which are currently being looked at.”