Silenced, heard or represented? Child participation in family law disputes
PhD student: Mrs C.R. Mol
Promotors: Mrs Prof W.M. Schrama, Mrs Dr M. Jonker
Duration: 1/9/2017 - 31/8/2021
Many children in Europe are confronted with family law disputes in which their future is at stake, but their voices are silenced. Although the benefits of child participation have been established, the question remains as to how children should be heard or represented in family law disputes in an appropriate and child-friendly manner. The proposed research will combine human rights, interdisciplinary research and an extensive comparative legal research to answer this question by developing an evidence-based European model. This child participation model for family law disputes will significantly benefit children in Europe by providing impetus for legal reform.