Cross-border Family Mediation is a legal process of solving family conflicts in which the parties involved are affected by one of more extra-national elements, such as different countries of residence, languages, nationalities, cultures or legal systems.

Cross-border Family Mediation is also referred to as International Family Mediation.

Family conflicts that can be solved through family mediation:

  • visit and custody rights regarding a child;
  • separation and divorce of a bi-national couple;
  • child relocation;
  • wrongful removal or retention of a child from or at a country or territory;
  • enforcement of court decisions regarding cross-border family conflicts.

Cross-border family mediation is set upon the same principles as national Family Mediation but has some particularities:

  • Multilingual: it generally involves parties that speak different languages and the mediation can be conducted in a common language to all participants or in more than one language
  • Multicultural: it generally involves parties with different cultures
  • Time and geographic constraints: sometimes it obliges the participants to travel between different countries or places, which can confine the duration of the mediation process
  • The applicable law to each case can change when different legal systems apply: it is important that the agreements that result from the mediation process are submitted to a legal analysis
  • Cooperation between every professional involved in the family conflict is important: when considering the particularities of Cross-border Family Mediation, a cooperative attitude between each professional that works with a specific family is important, such as the parties Cross-border Family Mediators and Attorneys at Law


We work with a network of accredited Cross-Border Family Mediators with different nationalities and cultures with whom we co-mediate and can help you with the particularities of your family conflict.

In Cross-border Family Mediation, there are generally two Family Mediators, one with a legal background and the other with a psychological, social or educational background. Both have a Family Mediation training in their country of origin and a Cross-border Family Mediation training.

To know more about Cross-Border Mediation, you can watch this video made by Missing Children Europe: