Mediation model

The Mediation Model adopted by the Cross Border Family Mediators’ Network draws its foundation from the influential Wrocław Declaration of 2007. This model orchestrates a harmonious synergy between co-mediators, a male and a female, representative of the respective countries of the involved parents. Crucially, one co-mediator possesses a legal background, while the other brings a psychosocial or educational expertise to the table.

In this intricate dance of mediation, experience underscores the significance of reflecting the parents’ cultural and linguistic identities. Moreover, by embracing the intricate legal intricacies, the mediators cultivate a profound understanding that resonates with the parents, instilling a sense of innate comprehension. This communion of perspectives significantly increases the likelihood of achieving mutually acceptable solutions. A distinct requirement arises in cases of abduction, mandating the mediators to demonstrate the capacity and willingness to undertake cases on short notice, and if necessary, traverse geographic boundaries to address issues in another city or even country.

The members of our network share a common foundation of rigorous training in international family mediation, ensuring a baseline competency. Each member has dedicated at least 50 hours to honing their skills in international family mediation, grounding themselves in the well-regarded TIM-project mediation model. This training encapsulates both theoretical and practical facets of international private law, encompassing crucial topics like the 1980 Hague Convention and Brussels II bis Regulation. It delves into the rich tapestry of cultural contexts within families, nuances of bi-national families, and the far-reaching impact of parental child abduction on children.

Moreover, the training extends its embrace to mediation methodologies, technical aspects of co-mediation, and even avenues like online mediation and collaboration with interpreters, courts, and central authorities. Rigorous exercises and role plays form an integral part of this training, fostering adeptness in real-world scenarios. This comprehensive preparation ensures that our network proudly boasts highly capable mediators, versed in concrete cooperation within cases.

Furthermore, the Cross Border Family Mediators’ Network demonstrates its commitment to quality by providing ongoing supervision and training for its members on a bi-annual basis.

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Mediation model