Unlike most parents, as a grandparent you don’t have an automatic right to apply for orders for contact with your grandchildren. Such situations are often brought about as a consequence of the children’s parents separating: where previously you may have had regular contact with your grandchildren, it may now be the case that this has ended abruptly with future contact a matter of uncertainty. The Family Court acknowledges that grandparents and other extended family members have an important role to play in the children’s upbringing. An application for permission to apply for an order must be made as an initial procedural requirement, but the process is not an arduous one if you have the right assistance. It is vital that you seek expert legal advice, tailored to your particular circumstances, before taking any action.