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Divorce or mediation

In a divorce procedure you can choose:

In mediation meetings, a divorce mediator helps you arrive at an agreement by mutual consultation. The divorce mediator provides both legal and emotional support (discussion technique). As a neutral third party, the mediator looks after the interests of both parties.

No mediation
If mediation is neither possible nor desirable, you and your partner will engage separate lawyers. You discuss the desired situation after the divorce with your lawyer. Your lawyer subsequently contacts your partner’s lawyer to see how an agreement can be reached.

As specialised VFAS lawyer / divorce mediator, I am trained to provide professional assistance, whichever path you choose to follow.

Contact me Every situation is unique and requires a tailor fit approach

Ik bedank u voor uw hulp. Misschien had ik niet zo veel procedures daarvoor verloren waarvan de consequenties nog steeds aanwezig zijn en zullen zijn indien u mij vanaf het begin had bijgestaan. Daarvoor bedank ik u van harte.

Please contact us to discuss your personal situation without obligation.
Every situation is unique and requires a tailor-fit approach.

Would you like to know how and for what rate I can assist you in your divorce / mediation please feel free to contact us.

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Frequently ask questions

If you have any more questions regarding your divorce. Don't hesitate to contact us by phone or by email.

Why consult a lawyer?

 You need a lawyer to submit a divorce petition to the court.
 All the documents that have to be sent to the court for the proceedings have to be drawn up and submitted by a lawyer. Your lawyer will also represent you during the court session.

 You may choose to both instruct a lawyer, so that both your interests are represented.

However, if you and your partner agree on the particulars of the divorce or think you will reach an agreement, you may choose to engage one lawyer jointly, preferably a lawyer-mediator. This lawyer is specialised in divorce mediation and all related matters.

In both situations, a divorce agreement can be drawn up, in which your lawyer provides for the divorce and all its particulars. Your lawyer subsequently submits the divorce petition, together with the divorce agreement, to the court.

Why a VFAS lawyer?

A VFAS lawyer is a member of the association of lawyers specialised in personal and family law. Some of the affiliated members have specialised further in divorce/mediation. We have both followed this specialised training.

A divorce mediator supports people wanting to settle the particulars of a divorce by mutual consultation, even if the divorcing partners do not (yet) agree on the details of this arrangement. A VFAS lawyer can also assist you in all other legal matters related to personal and family law.

The VFAS objective is to continually hone the quality and expertise of its members. In order to achieve this, courses and seminars are organised and knowledge and information are exchanged. In order to retain membership, high requirements have to be met. Members have to attend continuous training. All this ensures that you can always count on high-quality advice from VFAS lawyers.

Unfortunately, all too often I witness the negative consequences of divorce mediation performed by insufficiently competent advisors.

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How much does it cost to get a divorce?

This depends entirely on your personal situation.
In the case of mediation, a number of meetings are held with both partners and the results are recorded in a report. On the basis of these reports, a divorce agreement is drawn up.

 The costs of a divorce in a defended action are more difficult to estimate, because they depend on how much time is involved in dealing with the divorce for each of the parties separately. Crucial here is the extent to which consultation between the lawyers is facilitated.

 However, every situation is different; we take this into account. We do realise that you are going through a difficult period. We aim to keep the financial burden as bearable as possible. This is possible, because our experience allows us to work efficiently and because our cost structure is flat. However, this does not alter the fact that a good and sustainable result requires time.

How long does a divorce take?

If you have reached agreements through mediation or each with your own lawyer and these are laid down in a divorce agreement, the time required for the divorce proceedings is tolerable.

Without complicating factors, three to five meetings take place with intervening periods of approximately two to three weeks. You partly determine this yourself. The agreements reached are laid down in the divorce agreement. After the divorce agreement has been signed, it is attached to the joint divorce petition and submitted to the court, after which the court will grant the divorce after approximately four weeks. The divorce decree must then be registered in the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This finalises the divorce.

If you do not reach an agreement, either of you will submit a divorce petition to the court. The other party must respond to this with a defence within a term of maximum 10 weeks. Oral proceedings in court will follow within several months, unless a counterpetition is formulated in the defence. This can be responded to within a period of maximum 8 weeks. During the oral proceedings you can explain your points of view. The judge will ask questions. The decision (decree) will usually follow after approximately 4 weeks. After this, an appeal is possible.

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