Family and personal matters require the same devoted attention as business matters. When life throws you curve balls—they can become all-consuming. These can be emotionally charged times, particularly when children are involved. Such circumstances require a counsel that listens, is compassionate, and aligns with the distinct heartbeat of your case so that you can move on with your life. Our family law experts can help in all legal aspects of marriage, including negotiating and drafting prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements, negotiating and, if necessary, litigate the issues of spousal and child support, equitable distribution, custody access agreements and divorce proceedings.
If your marriage doesn’t work out, you can choose to have your divorce handled by one of our lawyer-mediators. It is important for your own future - and if they are there, your children’s - that the divorce is finalised in a respectful manner and that the agreements made are legally binding, avoiding a prolonged and costly separation procedure. To that end our, our mediation-lawyers will provide you with a clear direction at the outset of the mediation regarding the legal options available to you, so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Alimony and Access rights
You may also contact one of our family law experts if you have questions about your alimony or access rights and/or obligations. Even if you have a cordial relationship with your former spouse, alimony and access rights are issues that require independent legal advice. We will walk you through every step of the legal proceedings, the paperwork, court hearings, and more.
The more you know about something, the more interesting it will get. This also applies to my field, family law. As a child, I wanted to become an actress and a lawyer. I do see similarities. When arguing, for example, you are also facing an audience. In my practice, too, you have to empathise with the client, but you should not get carried away. I have to look through emotions, stick to the legal relevance. It starts with listening. Then I apply structure and take responsibility. A role that suits me perfectly.
Ellen Leentjes is a deputy judge at the Overijssel District Court and registered as a mediator at the MFN. She completed the specialisation course in Family Law and the training as a lawyer-divorce mediator. Ellen is a member of the Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators Association (vFAS). She previously had various positions at the Dutch Bar Association.
Ellen Leentjes has been working as a lawyer for more than twenty years.