HUDDERSFIELD grandparents are increasingly seeking legal advice about their grandchildren.
The Grandparents' Association estimates that more than 1m grandparents in the UK are being denied contact with their grandchildren.
Some are missing out because the ex-partner of their grandchild won't allow access.
Now a Huddersfield lawyer has emerged as a `champion' of the grandparents.
Nigel Priestley, a partner in Huddersfield law firm Ridley and Hall on Dundas Street, spoke about the issue at a meeting in Manchester.
Mr Priestley said that sometimes grandparents felt powerless in these situations.
He added: "When relationships break down, grandparents are often forgotten, despite the special contribution they make to children's lives."
He said his firm had seen a steady increase over the last 12 months in grandparents seeking legal advice about their grandchildren.
"Commonly, issues like lack of contact have been worsened by concerns over substance abuse.
"Fortunately, we have been able to help many grandparents resume their relationship with their grandchildren.
"In some cases we have secured residence orders for our clients, to ensure their grandchildren can live safely with them."
Grandparents seeking legal advice can phone Mr Priestley on 01484 538421.
For more information they can visit www.grandparents-association. org.uk