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.
Expected Results


  • 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.

Location: Sofia

Duration: December 2018 – June 2020

Funding provided by: Operational Programme “Good Governance” 2014-2020