According to recent statistics, over 7,000 grandparents have gone to court seeking to obtain a child arrangement order (contact order), over the last 3 years,this was a written question to Simon Hughes MP.

Stephen McCabe Shadow Minister (Education) 12th February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for Court Orders there have been from grandparents wishing to see grandchildren after the divorce of the parents of those children in the last three years.

Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 12th February 2015

The number of applications by grandparents for Child Arrangement Orders (child to spend time with a named person) are shown below. Prior to 22nd April 2014 these were called Contact Orders.

These applications will most often be the result of parental separation involving both married and unmarried parents. It is not possible to provide figures for applications made only as a result of parents who have divorced as this is not held centrally.

Financial year Number of applications for contact by Grandparents
2011/12 2319
2012/13 2649
2013/14 2517

 

The latest full financial year available data is for 2013-14.

 

The more important questions are:

1/ How many of these applications were successful?

2/ How many of orders, if granted ,were adhered to?