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Children cannot be forced to visit grandparents, Italian court rules | World

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Children cannot be forced to visit their grandparents if they do not want to, Italy’s supreme court has ruled in a historic decision which may irritate the elderly and delight some youngsters.

Putting an end to a protracted legal battle involving three trials, Italy’s highest appeal court said that grandchildren could not be obliged to forge a relationship “they do not enjoy, and do not want” with their grandparents. The rule applied doubly to “discerning” children over the age of 12, the court added.

The case started in Milan in 2019 when the paternal grandparents and a paternal uncle of two unnamed children took legal action to gain access to the minors after visits were blocked by their parents because of a rancorous family relationship.

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