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Lectures on Child and System Manipulation During Parental Divorce

On June 8th, the Croatian Chamber of Advocates organized lectures on child and the system manipulation during parental divorce proceedings as part of the educational program “Child-friendly Justice II”. Lectures were held intersectoral, with the collaboration of our Principal, psychologist and psychotherapist Prof. Sc. D. Gordana Buljan Flander and Judge of the Zagreb County Court, Lana Peto Kujundžić.

Judge Peto Kujundžić said that the Family Law in Croatia, based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on the Rights of the Child, highlighted the fundamental rights of the child and parental care of the child. She pointed that the right to obtain information on the procedure, the right to express an opinion, the right to take into account its opinion and to make all the decisions in the best interest of the child, are the basic children’s rights. Procedures and different views of judges were analyzed and it was concluded that it is necessary to train judges and harmonize the practice for the entire Croatian territory, as well as to reform the jurisdiction of the courts in order to allow for the specialization of judges.

PhD Buljan Flander spoke about the types and forms of manipulation of children in divorce, the reasons why such behavior is emotionally abusive, the way children feel when they are manipulated and the developmental risks they face. She emphasized the importance of rapid and adequate responses of experts in accordance with the best interests of the child.