By JAMES LYONS GRANDPARENTS are to be given a legal right to see their grandchildren after parents split up.
Separating couples will be expected to make suitable contact arrangements under changes announced today.
Parenting Agreements will explicitly set out rights which can be enforced in court.
The proposal is part ofa review of family law led by former top civil servant David Norgrove.
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Deputy PM Nick Clegg said last year it was "crazy" millions of people lose contact with grandchildren after separation and divorce.
Other proposals include legal rights for children to decide which parent they want to live with, and a say in when they should see other family members.
Despite an increasing reliance on grandparents for childcare by many parents, they have no legal rights to access.
Research shows almost half never see their grandchildren again, with the parents of fathers faring worst after a split. Mr Norgrove said the plan reinforces "the importance of a relationship with grandparents and others whom the child values".