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 -until 2018- an archaic marital property system, which is still relevant for all marriages concluded before the law was changed. The Dutch family courts can also be particularly conservative when it comes to issues regarding alimony or children.

Bowmer & Nuiten Legal 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.

We also advise and provide legal opinions for clients divorcing in other jurisdictions on the implications of Dutch Law for their marital property or pensions.


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.

For more detailed information on divorce in The Netherlands, please also see our partner website Dutch Divorce Lawyer.