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Grandparents can get pushed away when there is a family breakdown. There is no automatic right in the UK for a grandparent to see their children, as the law currently stands you have to apply for a child arrangement order (CAO). There are other there are things you can do to try and re-establish contact before applying for a CAO to get access. We would discourage going to court as this can be very costly and emotionally very distressing.

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“Without the support of my nan and my boyfriend now of 10 months, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I have” Amy, 15.

“It is common for grandparents to take sides, to favour their own child, but keeping a balanced view and responding to the needs of the family, will help in maintaining positive relationships” Dr Angharad Rudkin.

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