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Grandchildren: The Rewards or Heartache of Growing Old

1 January 1997

Grandchildren - The Rewards or Heartache of Growing Old

The role of grandparents has never been more important nor more threatened. With the demographic trend of people living longer, there are now more grandparents around. They are also increasingly wealthy.

Whilst solicitors have traditionally been involved in advising on the creation of trusts for the education and maintenance of grandchildren and preserving assets for passing on to the next generation, a new and increasingly common aspect of Family Law stems from the relationship of grandparents and grandchildren.

The breakdown in the family unit, either through divorce, parents not marrying or geographical mobility of families, have provided Solicitors with an expanding area of new work - to advise on obtaining and/or maintaining grandparents' contact to their grandchildren, protecting the welfare of grandchildren or even caring for grandchildren.

Prior to 1989, grandparents h...

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