There are about 14 million grandparents in the UK and, would you believe, about 42% of them lose contact with their grandchildren after the parents split up, especially after a divorce when the parties have become bitter towards each other.
This is a quite horrific figure, given how much unconditional love and stability can often be gained by children going through a split. And how a then single parent might cope without the help of at least 1 of the sets of grandparents as well as the other parent is beyond me!
But the law is not all that helpful to grandparents as no government has ever seen fit to pass a law specifically setting out grandparents rights. They should.
How important is the contribution of grandparents in the 21st century?