Sometimes grandparents are prevented from seeing their grandchildren. Access may be 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 contact with a child. This legislation allows grandparents to apply to the court for a contact order in these cases.
You can also apply for permission to care for (this is known as kinship care) or to have guardianship of your grandchildren under the Family Law Act.
For more information about your options as a grandparent, review CPLEA’s booklet called Grandparents and Grandchildren. You can view or download and print this booklet for free.