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Children Amendment Act 2014

Government of Bermuda Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Bermuda, United Kingdom 27 July 2015 Legislation/regulation child and adolescent, child/youth protection

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The Children Amendment Act 2014 brought the concept of co-parenting and the opportunity for mediation to Bermuda to help families resolve issues relating to custody and access in a manner which will reduce acrimony between parents when their relationship ends, reduce the need for litigation, and hopefully, greatly reduce legal costs.

The purpose of the original Children Act 1998 is to protect children from harm, to promote the integrity of the family and to ensure the welfare of children. The recent amendments to the Act have brought us closer to achieving those goals.

The Children Amendment Act 2014 sets up a new Co-Parenting Mediation Council whose role it is to establish a register of approved co-parenting mediators to whom the court can refer litigants. Mediation is not mandatory under the new provisions but, when the parents agree to mediation the Court will order an initial mediation assessment of the parents, which will be conducted by a registered co-parenting mediator. The mediation assessment will determine if the parents are deemed suitable for mediation. If they are, an order will be made referring the matter to mediation and all mediations as with mediation assessments will be carried out by a registered co-parenting mediator.

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