Information for Grandparents

Grandparents can play a very important role in the life of their grandchildren. This is easiest when grandparents have a good relationship with one or both of their grandchildren's parents.

If you are a grandparent and you are having conflict with either parent, you should always try to resolve the issue. Try to get to the source of the problem by talking to the parent. There may be a misunderstanding. Or the parent may have genuine concerns that you can deal with together.

Remember, do not have these discussions in front of the child. It is important that children not be exposed to conflict or feel caught in the middle. Also, avoid criticizing either parent in front of the child, and do not use the child as a messenger between parents. If you cannot resolve the problem by talking to the parents, there may be family justice services such as family conciliation that can help. Some services are listed on our website. You might find other useful services on the website of your provincial or territorial government.

If you cannot come to an agreement with the parent(s), a court may give you permission to apply for access under the Divorce Act. A family law lawyer can provide you with advice on the specific procedures and principles that would apply in your case.