Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators closes down as of November 1st

The partners of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators at Amsterdam and The Hague have by mutual agreement decided to end their collaboration.

Emma Kostense will continue her current practice at the law firm SmeetsGijbels in (1071 KP) Amsterdam at the Jacob Obrechtstraat 70 (see www.smeetsgijbels.com).

Willem de Vries will continue his current practice at the law firm ScheerSanders Advocaten in (2585 ED) The Hague at the Nassauplein 36 (see www.scheersanders.nl).

Margreet Ruijgrok, Monique Beijersbergen, Coen van den End, Sabrina De Jong en Zoë Vis will launch a new law firm named Silk Advocaten en Mediators. Silk Advocaten en Mediators will be located at the current address in (1075 HJ) Amsterdam at De Lairessestraat 129 and in (2596 AL) The Hague at the Zuid Hollandlaan 7 (Spaces) (see www.silkadvocaten.nl).

Edith van Ruitenbeek will discontinue her law practice and will focus on other professional activities.

Raya Oranje-Jorna will launch a law firm in (2514 AB) The Hague at the Koninginnegracht 19, named Raya Jorna Advocaat en Mediator (see www.rayajorna.nl).

Children & Legal Issues

Children are often a part of the conflicts surrounding a divorce or a death. This may involve visitation agreements, recognition of parentage or parental authority over a child. When parents separate, this greatly impacts the children. That is why it is important to reach clear agreements, to avoid placing any additional burdens on the child.

A divorce obligates parents to draft a Parenting Plan in which they make arrangements regarding how to divide the care, raising and other matters involving the children. The children are involved in a manner befitting their age, ensuring that the agreements can count on their support. It may also be necessary to reconsider those agreements after the divorce, or to come to additional arrangements. For example, either parent may move, a parent may take the children abroad without the permission of the other parents, or a parent may refuse to cooperate in obtaining a passport or ID-card for the child. A well-thought-out parenting plan can help prevent many of these issues.