Significant move towards faster and effective solution of (not only) cross-border disputes about the child

The revised Brussels II bis Regulation was crowned with success! On 2 July 2019 the new Brussels II bis Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This Regulation is a key document. It comes to life of the international family always in cases when it is necessary to solve a complicated living situation of the family, namely in matters falling to the sphere of the concerned Regulation.

Divorce of the marriage can be this important life situation: The regulation provides a key for decision of the court that will be appropriate to divorce the marriage or that can be appropriate to divorce the marriage based on agreement of the spouses. The dissolution of the international family is also the important life situation and the need to solve the minor child care in connection with separation of its parents: The regulation is an assistant for decision of the court that will have the right to decide about the future of your child – in particular about the custody, the contact with the other parent or about determination of the child´s residence, unless the parents agree otherwise. The regulation shall then have an important influence on life of the family also in ultimate life situation which is a parental child abduction abroad.

A revised Brussel II bis Regulation (published as Council Regulation (EU) no. 2019/1111 of 25 June 2019 on jurisdiction, the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, and on international child abduction comes into force on 1 August 2022. New introduced rules shall mean in practice simpler, faster and more effective legal proceedings and improvement of children protection during cross-board disputes about children. From the point of view of parents of a minor child it is certainly good news. For parents and not only for them, the European legal regulation with effect from 1 August 2022 will be connected to justified expectation that the solution of the stressful family situation can be achieved in reasonable time. The time factor in matters of the parental responsibility is absolutely a cardinal factor.