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Swedish court grants grandparent access

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Swedish court grants grandparent access
12:28 CET+01:00
The grandparents of a six-year-old girl in Vellinge in southern Sweden have been give the legal right to meet their grandchildren one weekend a month, after a landmark appeals court decision, reported the Dagens Nyheter daily.

The girl's parents were separated when her father died in 2004, and following his death the grandparents and her mother were unable to agree over access to the child.

The grandparents had already secured a decision from the local authorities supporting their right to meet their grandchild and when the relationship broke down Vellinge social services applied to the district court to rule on the matter.

The court found in favour of the grandparents and legally confirmed their right to meet their grandchild but the mother appealed the decision to the appeals court for Skåne and Blekinge.

After an agreement between the parties, the court has ruled that the mother has to ensure that the grandparents have a right to meet the girl one weekend a month, amending the district court decision pertaining to six hours every other weekend.

The decision is unique in Swedish law and follows the amendment to the children and parents code (föräldrarbalken) in 2006 to state that the grandparents should be given special consideration in custody disputes.

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