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).

Collaborative Divorce & Collaborative Practice

The Collaborative Divorce is a valuable variation on the concept of mediation. The main difference with mediation is that each of the partners is supported by their own lawyer, who is also a mediator. The lawyers are also aware of the other partner's interests and make use of their mediation skills. This ensures more balanced discussions and allows better ways to handle differences in knowledge or emotions.

Another important difference with mediation is the fact that collaborative divorce takes a multi-disciplinary approach. Together with their lawyers, clients assemble a team to guide them towards finding a suitable and creative solution. A coach, with a background in psychology, supports the process and the team may be supplemented with other experts such as a child or financial expert.

As with mediation, the process seeks to settle the consequences of the divorce without the courts interceding. The agreements are set down in a divorce covenant. Should there be minor children involved, a parenting plan is also drawn up, with the assistance of the coach. The partners' future and that of their children takes centre stage. As a method, collaborative divorce often provides the best guarantee for a sustainable solution. After all, both partners have been thoroughly informed and supported during the process, allowing them to take properly considered decisions based on sufficient information.