Information for grandparents is available in CPLEA’s booklet called “Grandparents and Grandchildren“. You can view or download and print this booklet for free.
This booklet is for grandparents who want to know about their options for staying in contact with their grandchildren in Alberta or regaining contact if it has been (or might be) taken away. For grandparents who are concerned about the safety and well-being of their grandchildren, this booklet provides information about options that may enable those grandparents to care for their grandchildren.
The booklet also provides link to grandparents’ organizations that can help with all aspects of these issues.
This booklet provides legal information on Alberta law only. It does not provide legal advice. If you need more detailed information, see the end of the booklet for a list of resources where you can get help.
- Apply for a Contact Order: You can apply for a contact order if you would like to have contact (visit) with the child and you’re not the child’s guardian. For a grandparent, a contact order sets out their allowed contact with the child (in-person visits, phone calls, letters, etc.) but doesn’t give them responsibilities and rights over the child.
- Alberta Grandparents Association
- The Child’s Right to Love: Information for grandparents, relatives, and others close to the child. A publication of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
- The Right to Love: Grandparent’s Rights (Video)
- General Information Booklet on Guardianship, Parenting, Custody, Access and Contact (See pages 12-14 “What is Contact?“)
- Calgary Legal Guidance: How to Enforce a Parenting or Contact Order
- Court forms for matters under the Family Law Act
- Family Law Kits – A list of forms for lawyers and self-represented individuals who are dealing with family law matters.
Last Reviewed: June 2019