The Law in Mediation of Family Disputes – Law Ν62(I)/2019

On the 25th of April 2019, the Law that provides for the proceedings in mediation of family disputes was published on the official gazette of Republic of Cyprus and shall be enforced within 6 months of the date of its publication. The provisions of the Law are applicable to family disputes and every mediation in regards to family disputes shall be exercised according to the provisions of the Law in Mediation of Family Disputes.

The purpose of mediation in family disputes, is for the parties to arrive at joint decisions with the contribution of the mediator for the settlement of their family disputes. The new Law, aims to promote the consensus approach to family disputes that often result to lengthy court proceedings by eliminating the negative impact caused by arguments between parents and to safeguard the interests of the child(ren). With the contribution of the mediator, the family disputes can be resolved within a shorter period of time than what would be expected solely through Court proceedings.

The new law introduces alternative non-judicial means for solving issues in family affairs and the parties can jointly choose their mediator through the Registry of Mediators for Family Disputes, that shall be published on the website of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order of Cyprus.