Family law

Family law in the Netherlands is a mixture of modern innovations, such as marriage for same sex couples and equal rights for parents, and an archaic marital property system. The Netherlands is now the only country in the world to still hold to an all encompassing universal community of marital property, though change may soon be on its way. The Dutch family courts can also be particularly conservative when it comes to issues regarding alimony or children.

Veldhuijzen & Nuiten has a dedicated expatriate desk to guide foreign English speaking nationals and business owners living in The Netherlands through the maze of rules and regulations of Dutch family law. Over the years we have helped many couples to divorce amicably and supported foreign clients in divorce and family law proceedings. Our divorce lawyers take a practical approach tailored our clients unique circumstances as foreign nationals.


In the following articles, you will find information on Dutch divorce and family law. This information does not claim to be comprehensive or provide full legal advice. Feel free to contact us for advice tailored to your personal situation.

For more information, please contact Maria Bowmer at our Expatriate desk. For general information on Dutch Family Law in English, you can also consult the Dutch Government Website.

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