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How to get divorced in the Netherlands – a guide for expats

If you want to get divorced, and you live in the Netherlands, you need to:

  1. Confirm if you can get divorced in the Netherlands
  2. Get a lawyer. You cannot represent yourself.
  3. Find out how to get the best possible divorce. This includes making specific agreements about your children and other important matters.
  4. Go through the legal process of a divorce.

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Why you don’t need a reason to get divorced in the Netherlands

According to Dutch law, it doesn’t matter why you want to get divorced. This fact surprises many expats. Antoine de Werd of GMW lawyers explains why this rule in Dutch law exists, and what it means for you.

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International and Dutch matrimonial law Q&A

One of the less obvious effects of globalisation is the growing number of international marriages worldwide. Online news platform Lawyer Monthly did an interview with international family law experts Antoine de Werd and Marjet Groenleer from GMW lawyers, The Hague, the Netherlands. The interview was about the marital property regime as well as issues of competence and applicable law in divorce cases in The Netherlands.

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September 8, 2017: The Day of Divorce

Friday, September 8, 2017 is the Day of Divorce. This is a day when you can obtain information about divorce from specialist lawyers.

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Maintenance payments by entrepreneurs: why we’re getting it wrong

When a married couple gets a divorce, in most cases one of the spouses ends up paying the ex-spouse maintenance. Individuals who are entrepreneurs often end up paying their ex-spouse the wrong amount of maintenance. This is due to cash flows being disregarded or not given sufficient consideration. So how SHOULD the courts calculate maintenance?

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