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?
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?
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
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
Covid-19 provides particular problems for parents with an international background. Many parents either want or need their children to travel during the school holidays to visit the other parent or close family. Disputes between divorced parents regarding holidays due to Covid-19 are on the rise. In the past few monthsRead more
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things in the past few months. With social distancing and lockdown still in place all over the world, divorced parents can also face new challenges with visitation. What if your ex-partner is refusing visitation because of the risks Covid-19 may pose, but your childRead more
Bringing up a child is never easy, but specific problems can arise when a child is growing up in two households after a divorce. If the rules in both homes are different, then tensions and disputes can grow. In most cases communication is the key. But what if both parentsRead more
Co-parenting in different countries after divorce – how a Dutch parenting plan can be adapted for long distance relationships
Dutch law requires that parents draw up a parenting plan (“ouderschapsplan“) for the future care of their children before they can file for divorce. The parenting plan must contain future care arrangements, communication and financials regarding the children. However, the arrangements themselves are left completely up to the parents. TheRead more
As a parent you want to keep up a meaningful and nurturing relationship with your children after a divorce. But what if your ex-partner constantly refuses to give you consent to go on holidays with your children? Or refuses to give you their passports so you can visit your family?Read more
Traditionally the answer to this question would be no, alimony is not equivalent to paying admittance to your children, but a contribution to their education and upbringing. However, many divorced parents find it very unfair having to pay monthly maintenance if there is no access to the child or theRead more