There is no denying the special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. Yet sometimes that relationship becomes the collateral damage of a divorce.

In mediation, when we help couples to “uncouple,” we always ask about grandparent time. Frequently, it’s a topic about which our clients haven’t given thought. And no matter how hateful a parting might be at the beginning, rarely do parents choose to deny their children access to the grandparents. But what might that access look like? And how are the children protected from any negativity expressed by the grandparents?

Establishing a schedule and ground rules for grandparent visitation is a logical stepping off point.