Partly because of her fluent command of French and English, but also because she is drawn to the complexity of the international dimension, Edith van Ruitenbeek-de Bekker has specialised in international and financially complex divorces. Edith van Ruitenbeek is also divorce mediator, collaborative divorce lawyer and certified inheritance mediator. Edith has a background in mathematics, but she has been a lawyer for over 20 years and is specialised in family law. She is capable of empowering clients as well as taking charge. This is partly because of her analytic strength and the fact that she is a true team player. This is also the role she plays in a network of civil-law notaries, tax lawyers, accountants and certainly when working with (child) psychologists. She regularly confers with the judiciary and other organisations regarding developments in the field of family law. She has also written various articles and given various lectures and courses in this field.
After a non-legal start to her career, she has been active as a lawyer in The Hague since 1997. In 2001 she joined Krans & Van Hilten as a lawyer, later becoming lawyer-partner. In 2012 she was a co-founder of Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, the predecessor of the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, one of the four largest firms specialising in family law in the Netherlands.
Among other things, Edith is a member of the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Dutch Association of Lawyers (Nederlandse Juristen Vereniging, NJV) and the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and is linked to the Foundation for InheritanceInheritance Mediation (Stichting Nalatenschapsmediation). Her side activities include membership of the Supervisory Board of Wereldkinderen (since 2015) and member of the committee Family and Child Law for the Supervisory Board of The Hague (since 2007). Edith is married and has two children.
"How is it possible that you, the fourth law firm, did end up being able to reach a settlement? Now I can move on again. Once again, thank you so much."
"I am very happy to hear this: as people nowadays say: awesome!
Many thanks for all your efforts."
"You showed a lot of drive in helping me, which was needed. The approach was also very personal, making me feel comfortable from the start."
"Much praise for your expertise, decisiveness and sense of perspective. You instil so much confidence in me. The final results confirm as much.
You're the best!"
"Many thanks for your input. You have been a great help in making me put things into perspective again. Also, thank you for your patience. Whenever I started to doubt or felt insecure, you helped me think and explained the situation to me. That was an enormous help."
"I am impressed by how you managed to keep these parties talking..."
"I enjoyed working with you and have fond memories of all our talks and philosophising, despite the rather sad circumstances."
"I want to thank you for your efforts, your help and your advice in my case. I am often very happy, and grateful to you, for having a broad visitation agreement and a great, positive relationship with my daughter."