After section 17

Part of Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:55 pm on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of Ms Rosemary Byrne Ms Rosemary Byrne SSP 2:55 pm, 15th December 2005

The purpose of amendment 41 is to highlight the positive role that grandparents or other family members have in children's lives and to ensure that that role is widely recognised. Although the bill does not confer legal rights on grandparents and other family members, the development of the charter for grandchildren will go some way towards ensuring the recognition of the positive effect that grandparents and wider family members can have.

Amendment 41 would ensure that one of the key aims of the charter—that, in making decisions, courts should consider whether grandparents can play a role in children's lives—is enshrined in legislation. The amendment would ensure that the role of grandparents and other family members is not overlooked and that the best interests of the child are taken fully into account.

I move amendment 41.