If you’re an expatriate living and working in the Netherlands, it’s a simple truth to say that you now find yourself in a foreign country whose inhabitants speak a foreign language and whose customs may not be familiar to you. Indeed, in some cases, the culture gap may be so big as to leave you feeling puzzled, occasionally suspicious and sometimes even bewildered or astonished. Which is why we’re pleased to offer you an opportunity to put your legal questions – without any obligation and entirely free of charge – to one of our lawyers during our free, monthly legal consultations. These are online consultations for which you can register simply by filling in the form at the foot of the page.
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If you have queries about accommodation (whether rented or owner-occupied)
As a country with an extremely high population density, the Netherlands has a large number of highly specific rules for both tenants and owner-occupiers. In many situations, people wishing to rent or buy a property are subject to mandatory rules, i.e. regulations that you are legally obliged to observe. You can save yourself a lot of time and trouble by seeking specialist advice before taking a decision.
If you’re planning to get a divorce or if you have any other queries relating to family law
A divorce is a major – and often highly emotional – event in a person’s life. Inevitably, it has a huge impact not just on you, but also on your partner and your children, if you have any. At the same time, it also marks the start of a new life. And the best way of making a new start is by making sure that you end your current relationship in a sensible and rational way. After all, all’s well that ends well.
Your divorce may have certain international consequences, for example if you and your spouse are not of the same nationality, or if you got married in a foreign country and then decided to live there (or in another foreign country). Obviously, once you have taken the decision to get a divorce, you want to make sure that all possible legal implications have been taken care of. That means not just the legal issues affecting you and your spouse, but also those relating to your children.
We can also advise you on other matters relating to family law, including any problems relating to maintenance, parentage, choice of name, parental responsibility for minor children, child abduction and inheritance law. We work in close collaboration with international accountants, tax consultants and pension experts.
If you lose your job
The first question you’re bound to ask if your employer is planning to terminate your contract of employment is: is that allowed? If it is, the next question is likely to be whether, as an expatriate employee, you are entitled to a severance payment or unemployment benefit. Clearly, there will be plenty of other areas in which you will want to know how things work and what to do – and, perhaps even more importantly, what not to do.
Would you like to sign up for our free, online legal consultation?
You can put any of the above questions – and any other matters relating to property law, family law or employment law – to one of our lawyers during our free, online legal consultation. This takes the form of a 15-minute online meeting. If you decide at the end of this meeting that you need more time in which to discuss the matter, you can of course plan a second meeting (subject to the usual fee).
Interested? Please fill in the contact form below, including a brief explanation of the problem that you would like to discuss and we'll get back to you.
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