Welcome to Fab after Fifty

At Fab after Fifty we are passionate about women over fifty making the best of their lives. There has never been a better time to be 50! We'd love you to join in the conversation. Be Seen. Be Heard. Don’t be invisible. Be Fab after Fifty!

Join Free Today!

Join Our Community Today

Join a community of like-minded women making the second half of life the best half! The Fab after Fifty community is all about informing, sharing and inspiring.

It’s always good to share with friends- old and new, so why not make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and join in the conversation.

Get Started!


Check out our latest style tips and picks to look fabulous over 50!

It’s always good to share with friends- old and new, so why not make yourself a cup of coffee or pour a glass of wine and join in the conversation.


Diet and Fitness

The latest in nutrition and fitness to be healthy over 50!

Diet & Fitness


Tips to look best possible fabulous YOU!



Whether you're setting up a business or looking for employment, make sure you're marketable over 50


Grandparents to be given new rights in the case of children divorcing

Article by Fabafterfifty

Divorce can be heartbreaking for all concerned, but it is not just the immediate family that suffers. We all know that grandparents can play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren, but sadly all contact can be lost when their own children divorce.  New recommendations as part of a review of family justice is set to change this, and  for the first time, separating parents will be expected to ensure grandparents continue to have a role in the lives of their children after they split up.

Currently, grandparents have no rights of contact with grandchildren when their own children separate, despite the fact that they are increasingly relied upon for help with child care and family finances. Research has suggested that, after a break-up, almost half of grandparents never see their grandchildren again. It is grandparents  who have sons involved in a split who are most adversely affected..

Ministers are keen to increase grandparents’ access because they can play a vital role in a child’s life, especially those who are torn between two parents.

 Recommendations will ensure that separating parents are made to draw up the agreements with the help of a mediator to “bring together arrangements for children’s care after separation”, thereby “reinforcing the importance of a relationship with grandparents and other relatives and friends who the child values”.

Grandparents will be actively encouraged to maintain contact with their grandchildren.

While the agreements will not be legally binding, it is recommended they can be used as evidence in a civil court if agreed access is denied.

Children are to be put at the heart of the system, making sure parents going through divorce think about how they can be best cared for both now and in the future.” The proposals will now go out to consultation.


Fabafterfifty.com. Redefining 50. Celebrating the best half of our lives!

More Posts

Loading Facebook Comments ...


  1. Jo Carroll

    December 16, 2011

    There can be no dispute about the importance of grandparents. And if everyone behaved like adults at times like this, then compromise should be simple. But feelings are often so bruised, and the instinct to blame so strong, that the needs of children are soon lost. Recommendations are all very well, but until there is an adequate system to help people deal with their feelings then grandparents – and children – will, too often, be sidelined in divorce.

Add a comment

Skip to toolbar