When relationships break down, in many cases a struggle starts between the ex-partners, who fight over property division or child custody for years. This applies all the more to bicultural families, where cultural differences and the geographical distance add to the legal controversies already existing. The ones who suffer most are the children. Therefore ISS German Branch supports efforts to reach out-of-court settlements in a family conflict, at any stage of the proceedings.
Moreover, ISS German Branch offers mediation to assist with family conflicts across borders. Projects have shown that mediation, even in case of severe conflict, can result in amicable solutions. Here, too, intercultural competence is needed, i.e. openness and understanding for different cultural circles. There are qualified mediators within the network of International Social Service, who are able to provide or initiate these mediation services.
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Wroclaw declaration on mediation of bi-national disputes over parents’ and children’s issues of 8th October 2007