Grandparents are set to have better access to children in cases of divorce thanks to plans announced by the Labour Party.
The move will see a legal obstacle that restricts access in such cases removed.
Currently, grandparents must seek leave from the courts before they can apply for contact with their grandchildren in the event of a family breakdown.
Under proposals to be announced by children's secretary Ed Balls, this requirement would be taken away.
Grandmothers and fathers will still have to win court approval if contact is denied but the need to win permission to apply will be scrapped.
Mr Balls, who is the Labour MP for Normanton - said: "Grandparents are often the unsung heroes when it comes to informal care arrangements for children and young people."
Removing the barriers they face in courts in cases of divorce and separation will "relieve an enormous burden", he went on to state.