Europe Moves Towards Shared Parenting

October 20, 2015
By: Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director

Join Me in Bonn, Germany on December 9-11 for Second International Conference on Shared Parenting

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) is a dynamic young European-based organization that is pulling together a wealth of leading-edge information about shared parenting that is often hard to find in the United States. It is holding its second International Conference on Shared Parenting in Bonn, Germany from December 9 to 11, 2015. The primary language of the conference will be English; a few presentations will be given in French or German, in which case there will be simultaneous translation into English.

Best airport from North America: Frankfurt, then high speed train to Bonn. Or combine a fabulous trip to Paris or Amsterdam with an easy train ride to Bonn. The dollar is strong, so your timing is perfect.

I will be attending (and speaking), and it would be great to meet you there right around the holiday season.

Here is a link; to the program, and here is another link; registration and accommodations. Register right away for this unique conference!

The First International Conference held by this organization, whose Board of Directors I serve on, resulted in this consensus statement about shared parenting: “There is a consensus that shared parenting is a viable post-divorce parenting arrangement that is optimal to child development and well-being, including for children of high conflict parents.”

At the upcoming conference, you can hear distinguished researchers such as Edward Kruk of Canada, Malin Bergstrom of Sweden, Alexander Masardo of England, and Dimitri Mortelmans of Belgium. You can learn the latest about shared parenting results from Australia, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, and about legal changes in the European Union generally (see related article below). You can listen to representatives of parents’ organizations from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark and the U.S. (me). And you can hear from distinguished child psychologists who consult in the family courts in Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland and elsewhere.

You cannot find international information of such breadth here in the United States.

Whether you want information to build your personal legal case, to enhance your professional credentials, to learn about advocacy organizations in other countries, or simply to stay abreast of changes in law and practice concerning shared parenting, this is the place to go!

Top it off by joining me and many other conference attendees and faculty on a Saturday morning cruise on the Rhine River with good German beer and a band!

Finally, I’d like to hear personally from any of you who plan to attend, or who have questions about registration, travel, or the conference program itself. Just email me at

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