This chapter considers the position of grandparents in the law. An increasing amount of child care is undertaken by grandparents. Sociological data discussing the role grandparents play are examined. The current legal status of grandparents are summarized and the chapter provides an analysis of the arguments over whether there should be a more formal legal status given to them. Grandparents can play a particularly important role when parents are no longer able to look after their children themselves. The are some complex legal and social issues that arise when grandparents take on care of their grandchildren and these are discussed.
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