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
After an ugly divorce or after a parent dies, grandparents may lose contact with their grandchildren. Contact can be particularly difficult if the grandparents live outside of The Netherlands. So what are the options for grandparents to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren in The Netherlands?
Usually, the Dutch divorce courts are only competent to hear divorce cases if one of the parties lives in The Netherlands or both parties are of Dutch nationality (see here for a full overview of when the courts have jurisdiction). During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, it is not always possibleRead more
What an be sweeter than a picture posted on social media by a proud parent of their child? Or a grandmother that posts a video of their grandchild? Even these simple actions can lead to conflict if one of the parents does not approve. In most cases, these conflicts ariseRead more
Expatriates regularly move around the world for their job and often receive additional allowances for this. Allowances are meant to compensate for differences in the cost of living in another country, costs of relocation, costs of education or loss of income by a partner due to relocation. But, if theRead more
A proposal to enshrine in law that fathers* have automatic legal custody of a child once they are legally recognised as the father, was recently passed by the Dutch lower house. This legislation, fully recognising parental custody of unmarried parents, now awaits approval in the upper house. *This bill isRead more
During a divorce, you may be tempted to keep quiet about certain property to keep it out of the divorce settlement. This is particularly so if the other spouse has no knowledge of the property. However, Dutch law has a harsh penalty for the concealment of property during divorce.
The Dutch government has announced that all maintenance/ alimony obligations will be indexed by 3.0 % as per the 1st of January 2021. Maintenance indexation for 2021 and previous years is linked to inflation.
In the Netherlands, child and spousal maintenance are set based on the long-term earning capacity of the person owing maintenance. But what happens to maintenance payments if your earning capacity is impaired due to the Covid-19 crisis? The global economic effects of Covid-19 are likely to continue for the foreseeableRead more