At Uiteen – Firm for Family Law in Rotterdam, we believe that all aspects of your divorce should be taken care of properly. Not only will Uiteen manage the dissolution of the marriage, but we will also advise you in the various areas that are relevant for you now during your divorce, as well as in the future. The various professionals in the Uiteen team have come together under one roof, giving you access to all the information and expertise that could be relevant to your situation. In practice, this means being able to tackle the different aspects of your divorce at one address.
Uiteen is creative and ready to think along with you for solutions that are just right for your circumstances. With a hands-on approach, Uiteen makes sure that your divorce doesn’t drag on any longer than it has to. We find flexibility important, so Uiteen offers to plan meetings at a time that suits your schedule, including the weekend or evening hours if necessary. We are also willing meet at a location that is most convenient for you: at your home, your work or via Skype, for example.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long will it take to get a divorce?
This depends on a few factors. Are you choosing for mediation or for court proceedings with an attorney? Are you in agreement with your spouse in all the areas of the divorce? Are there aspects of your divorce that make it more complex, such as an international dimension?
In general, mediation is much faster than when going to court, simply because you do not have to deal with the standard duration of legal proceedings for divorce and the long waiting lists for a court date.
At Uiteen you are welcome to schedule an intake (free of charge), in which the attorney or mediator will get an overview of the areas where support is needed. With a brief introduction it can be difficult to determine the exact amount of assistance needed, but you will be given an initial estimate.
In a hurry to finalize the divorce? Uiteen is fully committed to properly handling everything necessary and still make divorce possible in a limited time frame. Contact Uiteen with the form below to request a quote for divorce within 24/48 hours.
Is mediation right for us?
People often think that you have to be able to talk to each other before mediation can work. For divorce mediation, this is certainly not the case! Uiteen feels that the divorce cases where communication has fallen apart are where mediation has the most value to offer. The mediator is going to focus on improving your communication so that you can come to sound agreements together. As you can imagine, you will never be able to come to agreements if you continue to fight with each other. Besides protecting your own interests, improving your communication is necessary when you have child(ren) affected by the divorce. While your marriage will come to an end, you both will continue to be the parents of your child(ren). Where children suffer most is not from the divorce itself, but from the fights between their parents.
In short, mediation is right for everyone. To approach this question from another angle: when might mediation not be right for you? Mediation might not be suitable when one or both parents are dealing with psychological problems. Are you still in doubt whether or not to make use of mediation? Please contact Uiteen and ask to plan an intake meeting (free of charge).
How much is a divorce going to cost me?
See also the answer to the previous question. The more complex your situation and the more you and your spouse disagree on areas of your divorce, the longer it will take to settle the divorce and the more expensive it is likely to be. As a general rule, mediation is cheaper than going to court where you will both need your own legal representation; in mediation you are paying for only one attorney.
I have found other attorneys, lawyers and mediators who are much cheaper. Why should I choose for Uiteen?
Nowadays there are many players in the market offering their services for divorce. You can choose for assistance from a specialized divorce attorney that is registered with the vFAS (Association for Family Attorneys and Divorce Mediators, Dutch: ‘Vereniging voor Familierechtadvocaten en Scheidingsmediators’) or an attorney that is not specialized. There are law firms with a financial or other non-legal background that make it possible to offer assistance in your divorce at a cheaper fee.
Uiteen stands apart from the rest in terms of specialized knowledge in the field of family law. The attorney-mediator is able to make use of her experience with proceedings in family law cases to the benefit of mediation and vice versa. Her mediation techniques have proven to be highly effective skills in divorce proceedings.
Uiteen is not the cheapest option in the market, but it does offer you personal solutions tailored to your situation. You won’t get very far with a standard, fill-in-the-blank type parenting plan simply because you are not standard either. Your problems and hopes for the future are unique to you. Experience has shown that standard parenting plans and divorce covenants are cause for many problems in the future, since they are insufficient to get you thinking about and in agreement on many topics related to your divorce. Making an investment to properly deal with these matters now will save you from expensive procedures with your ex-partner in the future and the headaches and heartaches this will mean for you both and your children.
I don’t understand the first thing about finances, but my husband does. I just know he’s going to adjust the numbers of his company’s accounts to get out of paying any alimony. Wouldn’t a lawyer be better than a mediator in this case?
The simple answer is no. A mediator is required to investigate in each case whether there is so-called “informed-consent”. What this means is that the mediator fully informs both parties and that both parties have made their decision based on all of the relevant information. Any imbalance of knowledge between partners will be addressed and adjusted in the meetings with the mediator. In some cases the mediator can give an explanation and in other cases, you will be referred to an advisor with the right knowledge and expertise.
Also, all documents submitted will be scrutinized. The mediator is trained to critically analyze annual reports and will not be taking the figures at face value.
I’m thinking about getting a divorce, but I’m not sure. How can I figure out what to do?
For advice on how to proceed, you can request a 30-minute intake meeting (free of charge) with our attorney-mediator. In case your concerns are financial, the attorney-mediator can inform you of the financial consequences of going through with divorce. Are you struggling emotionally with the idea of divorce? Uiteen can refer you to a psychologist.
Is co-parenting always the best option for the children of divorced parents?
Co-parenting can be a confusing term. In principle, if there is any kind of care or visitation arrangement, it is always a form of co-parenting. You both continue to care for and raise your child(ren) together. The term co-parenting is often used to refer to parents that have a nearly equal (50/50) distribution of care responsibilities. For example, the child spends three days a week with one parent, and the other four days with the other parent. Care and visitation arrangements that are in the best interest of your child(ren) is something you can discuss with the attorney-mediator.
My sister gets 500 euro a month in child support from her ex-husband. Will I also get the same amount?
Depending on the family income, the age of the child and if it has brothers or sisters, the so-called Trema standards are used to determine the expenses for each child. Underlying these standards is the research into the expenses for children conducted by the Nibud (National Institute for Family Finance Information). Children of rich parents generally have higher expenses than children of parents with a weaker financial standing. Of course, these are only guiding principles. The outcome of the calculation can be adjusted when a child has high medical expenses or where there are other special costs concerned. Then, the evaluation considers which parent should contribute financially to which portion of the costs. This is determined by the net income of the parents.
It’s not fair that I have to share my retirement savings with my ex. Isn’t there a way to get out of this?
For divorces filed after 1 May 1995, any retirement funds accrued during marriage or registered partnership are to be distributed after the divorce. The other partner has an immediate claim on the retirement fund for the amount that he/she is entitled to. In principle with a court ruling, this is not something that you can “get out of”. However, there are certain possibilities when you enter mediation together. For example, perhaps your ex-partner is prepared to forgo his/her share. Another option is to buy out the entitlement to the retirement funds.
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