The main goal of the project is reforming the structure and organization of the judiciary system in the field of family law through the development of a family mediation procedure based on the best interest of the child.
For achieving this, the following sub goals have been set:
- Performing an in-depth analysis of parental disputes in relation to parental rights, childrearing, child support, etc;
- Analyzing global best practices in the field of family disputes concerning children and creating a proposal for their implementation in the judiciary reform;
- Providing professionals and the wider society with improved knowledge on mediation and with practical skills for finding solutions based on the best interest of the child;
- Relieving the judiciary system of litigations related to parental rights;
- Educating mediators, judges and lawyers on the specifics of working with children in the situation disputes over parental rights;
- Instituting a new structure based on civic empowerment and stimulating the periodization of mediation in legal disputes that involve children.
- Analysis of the problems in court-base parental disputes resolutions and the existing best practices;
- Developing a unified methodology on examining and evaluating the best interest of the children;
- Developing a system of trainings/informational sessions for parents on the effects that highly competitive court proceedings might have on their children
- Training judges, mediators and lawyers on the specifics of working with children and presenting the method
- Piloting the developed informational sessions at Sofial Regional Court and analyzing the information gathered in the process feedback.
- Changing the organization and method for leading court cases related to parental rights;
- Increasing the rate of out-of-court settlements which are a form of civil society control on judiciary system;
- Relieving the judicial apparatus from some of the most emotionally charged and socially significant cases while increasing the effectiveness of the legal institutions.
Duration: December 2018 – June 2020
Funding provided by: Operational Programme “Good Governance” 2014-2020