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Hi William, thanks for your question, I can assist you with this.
Unfortunately, the sad truth is that grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. Family courts do recognise the invaluable role that grandparents have to play in their grandchildrens lives and it is very rare that the court would refuse a grandparent access to grandchildren unless there is evidence of abuse or violence. If it were to go legal, your sister would have to apply to court for permission to apply for a contact order.
The first step to is to try, as you suggest, and open the lines of communication. Your nephew may feel he has good reason for denying contact between his daughter and mother. As a family the best thing you can do is try and mediate between them first and foremost. If that doesnt work, then perhaps seek professional family mediation. I would recommend this before taking this to a court. By doing that, it could cause serious and irreparable harm to their relationship.
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