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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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(p.235) 7 Grandparenthood
Older People in Law and Society

Jonathan Herring (Contributor Webpage)

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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.

Keywords:   grandparents, grandmothers, grandfathers, grandchildren, kinship, divorce, care proceedings, care

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