Being in a lengthy relationship doesn’t afford you the same legal rights and benefits as a married couple. Some may believe that living together as ‘husband and wife’ can be viewed as a ‘common-law marriage’. Unfortunately, there is no such thing.
Often when there is an acrimonious separation, the parents’ sole focus is what arrangements should be put in place for the child to spend time with either parent, leaving those who previously played a key role in the child’s life forgotten. With childcare proving costly and with the ever increasing demands of working to support your family, grandparents are increasingly relied upon to provide much needed childcare. In addition, there are now more multi-generational households than ever, with many children accustomed to seeing their grandparents on a daily basis.