Ministère de la Justice
Grandparents may petition for rights of access to their grandchildren if no agreement toward that end can be reached with the parents. Parents may oppose a petition for access rights, but only on serious grounds.
Grandparents who cannot have contact with their grandchildren and are unable to reach agreement with the parents on the matter may petition for rights of access to their grandchildren. This is done in court with the help of a lawyer. When granting rights of access, the court always gives first consideration to the best interests of the children. Such rights, in the form of visits, telephone conversations, and so on, should allow the children to get to know their grandparents and develop emotional bonds with them. Without just cause, parents cannot prevent their children from maintaining a relationship with their grandparents, although some situations can make this difficult, in particular:
Opposition of parentsParents may oppose a petition for access rights, but only on serious grounds, such as:
Civil Code of Québec , chapter 64, art. 611 Divorce Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 3 (2 nd Supp.))