Sometimes, grandparents are prevented from seeing their grandchildren. For example, sometimes access is denied because of a family dispute or because separation, divorce, or remarriage has driven a wedge between the generations. Perhaps you or someone you know is experiencing this.
Alberta’s Family Law Act outlines possible options for grandparents when guardians (typically parents) and grandparents cannot agree on provisions for contact. For example, this legislation allows grandparents to apply to the court for a contact order. In certain circumstances you can also apply to have care (known as “kinship care”) or guardianship of your grandchildren.
Fore information about Grandparents’ Rights, you can visit:
- Canadian Legal FAQs: Grandparents’ Rights: this webpage features questions and answers about Grandparents’ rights in Alberta. It includes information about other sources of help in Alberta.
- Booklet: Grandparents’ Rights in Alberta: This booklet features questions and answers about the rights of Grandparents in Alberta. You can view and print a copy of the booklet.
The topics covered in this section relate to Alberta law only. For laws in provinces other than Alberta, please see our more info & resources page.