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Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978

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40Access to minors by grandparents

In the [1971 c. 3.] Guardianship of Minors Act 1971 the following heading and section shall be inserted after section 14—

Access to minors by grandparents
14AAccess to minors by grandparents.

(1)The court, on making an order under section 9(1) of this Act or at any time while such an order is in force, may on the application of a grandparent of the minor make such order requiring access to the minor to be given to the grandparent as the court thinks fit.

(2)Where one parent of a minor is dead, or both parents are dead, the court may, on an application made by a parent of a deceased parent of the minor, make such order requiring access to the minor to be given to the applicant as the court thinks fit.

(3)Section 11A(2) of this Act shall apply in relation to an order made under this section as it applies in relation to an order made under section 9(1), 10(1)(a), or 11(a) of this Act.

(4)The court shall not make an order under this section with respect to a minor who is for the purposes of Part II of the Children Act 1948 in the care of a local authority.

(5)Where the court has made an order under subsection (1) above requiring access to a minor to be given to a grandparent, the court may vary or discharge that order on an application made—

(a)by that grandparent, or

(b)by either parent of the minor, or

(c)if the court has made an order under section 9(1)(a) of this Act giving the legal custody of the minor to a person other than one of the parents, by that person.

(6)Where the court has made an order under subsection (2) above requiring access to a minor to be given to a grandparent, the court may vary or discharge that order on an application made—

(a)by that grandparent, or

(b)by any surviving parent of the minor, or

(c)by any guardian of the minor.

(7)Section 6 of the Guardianship Act 1973 shall apply in relation to an application under this section as it applies in relation to an application under section 5 or 9 of this Act, and any reference to a party to the proceedings in subsection (2) or (3) of the said section 6 shall include—

(a)in the case of an application under subsection (1) or (2) above, a reference to the grandparent who has made an application under either of those subsections,

(b)in the case of an application under subsection (5) or (6) above, a reference to the grandparent who has access to the minor under the order for the variation or discharge of which the application is made.

(8)Where, at any time after an order with respect to a minor has been made under subsection (1) above, no order is in force under section 9 of this Act with respect to that minor, the order made under subsection (1) above shall cease to have effect.

(9)A court may make an order under this section in favour of a grandparent of a minor notwithstanding that the minor is illegitimate..

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