Lithuanian International Conference on “Equally shared parenting and residence after divorce – children’s psychological stability. Legal and psychological aspects.” (Seimas, Vilnius, Lithuania, October 4th, 2013)
On October 4th, 2013 the conference on “Equally shared parenting and residence after divorce – children’s psychological stability. Legal and psychological aspects.” was organised at the Lithuanian Parliament Building” in Vilnius by:
- Mrs Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, chairmen of the Child Welfare Group of the Lithuanian Parliament;
- Mr. Kestutis Griciunas, President of the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA);
- Mrs. Birutė van der Weg – Bražiūnienė, founder of the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA), Netherlands.
The conference has resulted in the establishment of a Lithuanian taskforce preparing proposals for the reform of family law in Lithuania.
Program and PEF contribution
Below is the program of the conference and a picture of the keynote speech presented by Peter Tromp MSc, secretary general of the Platform for European Fathers, at the opening of the conference.
- Po skyrybų vakariečių vaikai gyvena tai pas tėvą, tai pas motiną – Aktualijos – lrytas.lt – October 4, 2013 – [Google translation to English]
- Skyrybų mėsmalėje atstumto tėvo patirtis: kokios ietys ištraukiamos kovoje dėl vaikų – DELFI – October 4, 2013
THE PROGRAM OF THE CONFERENCE – Konferencijos programa – APTA
Registration of the participants
|10.00-10.10||Welcome word||Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, the chairmen of the Child Welfare Group of the Lithuanian Parliament, Kęstutis Griciūnas, the chairmen of the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA)|
|10.10 -10.30||Legalization of Equal Parenting after divorce in EU member countries||Peter Tromp MSc, child psychologist, the secretary general of the Platform for European Fathers (PEF)|
|10:30-10:45||Psychological feelings of children and adolescents during divorce of their parents||Valija Šap, medical psychologist|
|10:45-11.00||The participation of psychologists at the child custody cases in Lithuanian courts: future vision and reality||Dr. Nomeda Gutauskienė, lector at Mykolo Romerio University, medical psychologist at Child Development Center|
|11.00: 11:15||Coffee break|
|11:15-11:30||Possibilities of mediation in family court cases: psychological aspects||Dr. Jolanta Sondaitė, lector ar psychology institute of Mykolo Romerio University|
|11:30-11:45||Parental alienation syndrome (PAS), it’s psychological damage, prevention, diagnostics and psychological help for programmers, children and alienated parents||Birutė van der Weg – Bražiūnienė, founder of the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA), Netherlands|
|11:45-12.00||Parental alienation after divorce: the result of children’s psychological abuse, the proof and criticism||Kęstutis Griciūnas, president of the Association Against Parental Alienation|
|12:00-12:15||Negative experience in childhood||Dr. Robertas Povilaitis, the head of Children’s Line|
|13:15-13:30||Relocation freedom vs. child‘s interests: it the peace possible?||Dr. Gediminas Sagatys, attorney|
|13:30-13:45||Family relations in the shadow of the fences at detention institutions||Živilė Mikėnaitė, the director of Kaunas Remand Prison|
|13:45-14:00||Children’s right to communicate with non-custodial parent – legal regulation and putting it to practice||Dainora Bernackienė, the head of the Children’s Rights Protection department of Governmental Children Rights Protection and Adoption Service under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor|
|14:00-14:15||Children’s right to family ties: from legal regulation to practical ensurance||Inga Juozapavičienė, advisor of Children’s Rights Protection Control|
|14:15-14:30||Child support. From parents dis(agreement) to the judgment||Diana Labokaitė, the Judge at Kaunas District Court, the member of judicial council|
|14:30-14:45||Children’s relationship with non-custodial father/mother (The practice of foreign countries)||Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, the member of Lithuanian Parliament|
|14:45 -15:00||The practice of courts judging child custody and visitation disputes||Gintaras Putvinskis, attorney|
|15:00-15:15||Legal aspects of child custody and visitation||Dr. Inga Kudinavičiūtė – Michailovienė, lector at Mykolo Romerio University|
|15:15-15:30||The execution of court orders regarding child transfer and visitation. The bailiff‘s point of view||Sonata Vaicekauskienė, bailiff|
|15:30-15:45||Main child custody reforms||Paulius Markevičius, lawyer|
Discussion, final arguments, closing
Thank you letter:
Subject: Sincerely thanks
Vilnius, October 8, 2013
Dear Mr. Peter Tromp,
The Association Against Parental Alienation of Lithuania sincerely thanks you for participating in the international conference “Equal parenting after divorce – the basis of children’s psychological stability. Legal and psychological aspects”.
The Association together with Mrs. Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, are happy to have managed, without any external funding, to organise such a high-level conference that gathered great and distinguished speakers and attracted a wide audience of experts, specialists and people concerned with the topic under discussion.
Thank you for your valuable presentation on shared parenting and support for our ideas. Your presentation got attention of the Lithuanian media ((a) http://www.lrytas.lt/lietuvos-diena/aktualijos/po-skyrybu-vakarieciu-vaikai-gyvena-tai-pas-teva-tai-pas-motina.htm; (b) http://www.delfi.lt/news/daily/lithuania/skyrybu-mesmaleje-atstumto-tevo-patirtis-kokios-ietys-istraukiamos-kovoje-del-vaiku.d?id=62959006), induced discussions and thus helped attract public attention to the problem of the unequal status of parents after divorce.
We believe that this conference will pave the way for a change of the public opinion and, most importantly, a reform of family law.
We are highly interested in further cooperation with you and your organisations and we would very much appreciate the possibility to join the Platform for European Fathers.
We would also like to kindly ask you for the abstract of your presentation which would be of use while drafting the resolution of the conference.
Please find some pictures from the conference attached. Also you can find pictures on the website of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter/w5_vaizdas.nuotrauka?p_cat_id=104748&nt_id=174092&p_kalb_id=1).