Oct 2 '18 14:10

Getting divorced in Zeeland requires some patience. The court is dealing with a backlog in divorce cases, and actually getting divorced can take up to a year. Over the past two months the court in Middelburg has been training to reduce the waiting time for divorce cases to an acceptable level with extra sessions, Omroep Zeeland reports.

May 1 '18 11:20

The percentage of Dutch 15 year olds not living with both their parents increased from 20 percent to 30 percent between 1997 and 2017. Children of unmarried parents are more likely to see their parents separate than kids of married parents, Statistics Netherlands said in its report New Families, released on Monday.

The reason for the vast majority of 15 year olds not living with both parents, is divorce or separation. Less than 5 percent of these teenagers don't live with both parents due to the death of one or both parents. 

Tom Bakker
Mar 19 '18 14:30

The SGP faction in Dantumadiel, Friesland removed a campaign video posted on its Facebook page on Saturday after facing fierce criticism. In the video, faction leader Tom Bakker talked about the consequences of divorce and said that "there is almost always something wrong" with children from broken families, AD reports.

Jun 7 '17 15:45

A man from Vollenhove asked the court on Wednesday to stop his ex-wife sending him naked pictures of herself. The ex-wife denies sending the pictures, and claims it's the man that's harassing her and not the other way around, De Stentor reports.

Insiya Hemani
May 8 '17 09:34

The number of cross-border child abductions in the Netherlands showed a significant increase in 2016. Last year a total of 251 children were reported kidnapped to the Dutch center of international child abductions IKO, 14 more than in 2015, the center announced according to RTL Nieuws. 

Most of these abductions involved a parent taking a child abroad following a divorce or separation. Most of the abducted children were below the age of 6, the youngest one was two months old at the time of abduction. In 70 percent of the cases, the perpetrator is female. 

Apr 18 '17 13:40

A Roosendaal man believes his ex-wife is behind his home being targeted in a shooting on Sunday night, he said to Omroep Brabant. The home on Diepenberg in Roosendaal was No one was injured.

Nov 2 '16 14:45

Nearly half of Dutch children under the age of 12 already experienced some form of traumatic event ranging from emotional neglect, physical or sexual abuse to a parent with suicidal tendencies, according to a study done by children's rights organization Auegeo, NOS reports.

For this study Auego had 660 children aged 11 or 12 years surveyd by teenagers a few years older than themselves. The study was handed to Children's Ombudsman Margrite Kalverboer and Princess Laurentein on Wednesday.

Aug 5 '16 08:46

Couples living in so-called VINEX neighborhoods split up less often than couples who live elsewhere in the Netherlands, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday. Contrary to popular belief, VINEX couples stay together for longer.

Jun 17 '16 10:20

An increasing number of kids in the Netherlands do not live with their father. Last year 549 thousand children under the age of 16 did not live with their father. That is 18 percent of all kids in the Netherlands, a 5 percent increase compared to 1995, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday.

Mar 30 '16 08:53

In the Netherlands women more often marry a same sex partner than men. Marriages between two women are also more likely to end in divorce than marriages between two men or heterosexual marriages, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesda

Feb 17 '16 08:53

A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to change the marriage law so that prenuptial agreements are standard practice in new marriages

Jan 28 '16 09:42

Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur is very much against Christian party SGP's call to ban advertisements that promote adultery by sites like Second Love from the public broadcasters in the Netherlands. According to him, monitoring and supervising ads is the Netherlands Advertising Code Committee's job, and not the government's.

Jan 27 '16 10:36

Christian party SGP wants to ban adultery commercials from dating sites like Second Love from public broadcasters in the Netherlands. According to party leader Kees van der Staaij, these "repulsive" ad campaigns that call on spouses to commit adultery destroy many relationships and families. "Every divorce we can avoid is pure profit for the children involved"

Dec 29 '15 13:45

Bad news for an Amsterdam man who left his wife for a younger woman. The court ruled that he is not entitled to half of the more than 2 million euros his now ex-wife won in the lottery months before their divorce was official

Dec 11 '15 08:23

People living in the Netherlands are generally satisfied with their lives, but somewhat concerned about the future, according to the report The Social state of the Netherlands 2015 by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau. According to the report, there was no further deterioration in the quality of life for most Dutch.

Oct 19 '15 10:13

The number of two-parent households in the Netherlands is on the decline in all ethnic groups except for Surinamese families. In the period between 1996 and 2015, the proportion of 15-year-olds living with both parents dropped from 80 percent to 71 percent. Only the proportion of 15-year-olds of Surinamese origin increased from 35 percent to 44 percent.

Jun 19 '15 10:05

The VVD, PvdA and D66 think that the current rules on alimony are outdated and should be changed. Divorcees may soon pay alimony for a much shorter period of time, or even not at all.

Apr 27 '15 08:10

The chief rabbi of the Orthodox Jewish community in Amsterdam, Aryeh Ralbag, has been linked to a case in the United States against four rabbis who allegedly kidnapped and beat Jewish men to force them to agree to a divorce. One of the victims has accused Ralbag of beating him, but Ralbag denies this accusation.

Mar 3 '15 14:34

The CDA wants grandparents to also get visitation rights with their grandchildren in a divorce, NOS reports. According to parliamentarians Peter Oskam and Mona Keijzer, there can be heartbreaking consequences if children can't have contact with their grandparents.

Feb 18 '15 11:58

Members of parliament Jeroen Recourt (PvdA) and Ard van der Steur (VVD) presented on Wednesday a new law on child support that they hope will make alimony rules fairer and clearer, de Volkskrant reports.

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Aug 1 '14 15:16

Despite reports from the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Netherlands Association of Estate Agents that the housing market is recovering, around 21,000 of the more than 63,000 homes put up for sale in The Netherlands, are often sold in the first half year at a stiff loss, De Telegraaf reports.

Mar 31 '14 09:05

The cabinet is taking measures to decrease the number of divorces resulting in courtroom battles . In these cases, children are often not the number one priority, and end up victims, the AD reports.

Dec 9 '13 04:34

Secretary Teeven wants to make it possible for couples to get divorced without court intervention. Couples can turn to the registrar of civil registration. The new procedure will be faster and cheaper.

Nov 9 '13 00:21

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: two mechanics killed in a fire in a wind turbine, the Filipino Sweety attracts a thousand child molesters, an F-16 damages a control tower, eight police officers injured by soccer fans, Labour support for F-35 purchases, and the permanent Body World's exhibition.


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