Grandparents can and do play an important role in a child’s life. Unfortunately, the rights of grandparents are often overlooked and ignored when family dynamics change. Despite being intimately involved in their grandchildren’s upbringing, the rights to access are often refused or withheld.
Advocates say an estimated 75,000 grandparents in Ontario, have limited or no access to their grandchildren, citing reasons such as divorce, marital separations, or fractured relationships with their adult children. There are however remedies to address these difficult situations.
Andrew Feldstein, Founder of Feldstein Family Law Group raised awareness of the rights of grandparents and the laws, both across federal and provincial jurisdictions, that address grandparental rights to access and custody. Mr. Feldstein cited options to resolving disputes, from family mediations to the court process route.