Within our office, it is well possible -as we usually do regularly in (international) family cases- to make use of phone appointments, conference calls, or skype. Consultations and mediations via Zoom are also possible. Zoom is a digital meeting tool that can be downloaded on any phone, laptop or PC. For the meeting you will receive a link with a personal ID number. Then we can hold a meeting with an image in a (privacy) secured environment.
However, if this is necessary or more desirable, consultations in our office are also possible, so you are welcome as usual.
We will of course follow the announced measures, such as ensuring extra good hygiene, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters from each other and not shaking hands.
Since we have a small office with only three lawyers within which we will not all three be present at the same time, the risk of infection is relatively small.
Although the courts have closed down until 6 April regarding hearings in person due to the corona virus, litigation is still possible. Cases will be worked on behind the scenes as much as possible untill further notice about hearings (for more information, please see https://www.rechtspraak.nl/Organisatie-en-contact/Organisatie/Raad-voor-de-rechtspraak/Nieuws/Paginas/laatste-informatie-mbt-uitbraak-coronavirus.aspx). Of course, we will keep you informed as accurate as possible about your pending case.
If you have any questions, want to discuss something or if you want to introduce a new case, we are happy to assist you as usual. We wish everyone strength and wisdom in this unexpectedly difficult time.
EU’s hard Brexit per 29 March 2019 is is not yet a reality but is getting closer and closer. This will certainly affect the validity and functioning of European regulations between the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Consider, for example, the jurisdiction of the Dutch court in divorce cases and cases of parental responsibility or custody (Brussel II bis regulation) and spouce or child alimony cases (European Alimony Regulation), but as well cases of international protection measures, for example an international contact ban (European Regulation on protection measures). One can also think of the rules on the recognition and enforcement of judgments (court decisions) across the British/Dutch border, which will be made more difficult. In many areas, international treaties will continue to regulate cooperation between the Netherlands and the UK. In that sense there will therefore be a safety net for the situation that has arisen. But this safety net could change the legal and judicial reality. Stay up to this and get advice on time! BSS Family law can be of service to you.
On 15 February 2019, Titia Coppes and Catelijne Boshouwers, board members of the Dutch International Child Abduction Lawyers (DIAL) convened a lunch meeting with child abduction lawyer and founder of the Turkish International Child Abduction Platform (TICAP): mr. Bariş Kaşka. We discussed the implementation of The Hague Child Abduction Convention 1980 by the courts in Turkey, the establishment of a central court (which is not the case at the moment), the knowledge and awareness of the Convention amongst Turkish family lawyers and the use of (cross border) mediation in cases of child abduction and international custody matters. A very interesting and nice meeting!
On 22 November 2018, Catelijne Boshouwers, member of the Dutch International Child Abduction Lawyers (DIAL, https://diallawyers.org/) attended a seminar at the Dutch Ambassador’s residence in Madrid. Wendy van de Stroom-Willemsen (chair of our association) joined the panel discussion on behalf of DIAL, together with DIAL board members Catelijne Boshouwers and Titia Coppes. Fellow panel members were Christopher Hames (chair CALA UK), Paola Moreschini (chair ICALI, Italy) Hetty Boone (judge international child abduction section District Court The Hague), Luis Aurelio Gonzalez (judge in Madrid) and Judith Uitermark (criminal judge District Court The Hague). The following matters were the subject of the presentations and the subsequent panel discussion:What do we mean with (cross border) mediation?To what extend is it desirable for mediation to be part of international child abduction cases?To what extend this is implemented in cross border child abduction litigation? In what way cross border mediation is implemented in these cases?We discussed the do’s en don’ts and the differences and similarities in different countries.
It was a very interesting meeting and a nice gathering. On top of that, it was an excellent opportunity to enjoy the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums, the Christmas decorations in town and not to forget the delicious Spanish food.
All-in all a succesful and enjoyabale trip!
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