Calculating spousal maintenance is notoriously difficult in The Netherlands. The working group that devises the maintenance regulations has been searching for ways to simplify the calculation for many years. The latest spousal maintenance changes for 2023 could now have a major effect on the amount of maintenance owed.
As of January 1st, 2023 any parent that is officially registered on a child’s birth certificate will have automatic parental custody of the child in The Netherlands. Up until now unmarried parents had to register custody arrangements separately with the courts after the birth. This needed the cooperation of theRead more
It has to be one of the most contentious parenting disputes after a divorce. How do you introduce or act towards a new partner that will be a part of your child’s family from now on? This article discusses some do’s and don’ts regarding new partners in order to avoidRead more
Joint parental custody means that both parents need to agree on a school for their child. Choosing a school can be problematic, not just in divorce situations. Dutch law permits parents to request the family court to resolve any disputes that may occur. This article explains how the courts generallyRead more
In The Netherlands, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are exclusively drawn up by a notary public. In Dutch, the correct term is notaris. Surprisingly to most foreigners, a notaris is not a lawyer or solicitor. Notaries form a separate profession with its own rules and regulations. This means that hiring a lawyer isRead more
The Dutch government has announced that all maintenance/ alimony obligations will be indexed by 1.9 % as per the 1st of January 2022. The indexation percentage is linked to inflation and announced at the end of November of each year.
Child maintenance is usually owed until the age of 21 in The Netherlands. However, a child legally reaches majority at 18. Who is therefore responsible for requesting maintenance for young adults once they reach the age of 18?
You found your dream home. And as far as you were concerned everything was perfect until a crisis arose in your marriage. You are now getting a divorce. But who gets the house? Your spouse was never that interested in the house, but suddenly they want to keep it.
Dutch law requires spouses to share their pensions when getting a divorce. This post tackles some frequently asked questions about sharing foreign pensions in The Netherlands. So what do we share exactly? Any type of old age pension that has been built up from the time of marriage until theRead more