Private Individuals & Expatriates

Chances are that, at some stage of your life, you will find yourself in a situation in which you need the help of a lawyer. This generally involves some sort of emotional milestone – either a happy occasion such as marriage or the birth of a child or a sad event such as divorce or the death of a close relative. These are times at which you feel that your life has been turned upside down. That’s when you need someone who can take a cold, hard look at the legal issues but who is also keenly aware of the human dimension.


We’re very much in favour of mediation, particularly where family disputes are involved. Mediation is an out-of-court process in which an independent arbitrator helps the parties to arrive at the best possible solution by a process of negotiation. Not only does this save you time and money, it also generates a mutual understanding on both parties’ part. Which is good news if you’re going to have to deal with each other in the future. If mediation is not an option, we can of course arrange for top-class legal representation. Recognising that every person and every situation is different, we’re ready to advise you on how best to get through what may well be a traumatic period in your life.


Whether you are a foreign national living and working in the Netherlands or a Dutch citizen embarking on a foreign assignment, a move to a foreign country means immersing yourself in a new culture and dealing with new rules. These are exciting times, both for you and for your family. Naturally, you want to make sure that all the necessary arrangements are made before your move and that no legal complications await you. We have our own in-house ‘expat’ specialists, who can help temporary residents of the Netherlands deal with any legal problems involving employment, tax or property construction.

RWV Advocaten: there to support you

We can assist you in divorce proceedings, the division of matrimonial property and maintenance claims, and also with other family-related matters such as adoption, inheritances, a change of name and guardianship orders. Our mediators are registered members of the Dutch Mediators Federation (MfN) and meet the standards laid down by the Mediators Quality Assurance Foundation (SKM). 

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