After section 17

Part of Family Law (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:00 pm on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell Conservative 3:00 pm, 15th December 2005

I totally sympathise with the sentiment behind the amendment, but I do not believe that it would have the outcome that Rosemary Byrne desires. The amendment would give an almost automatic right of contact to grandparents and other relatives. The best way of ensuring contact is to leave the matter to the discretion of the court, where appropriate, or to work hard behind the scenes to ensure that everyone, including the parents, focuses on the needs and interests of the child. In that way, the place of grandparents and other meaningful people in the life of a child is assured and the child is afforded contact time with those people.