About Family Affairs
Family Affairs are a family-law firm with offices in the centre of Rotterdam. Family Affairs consist of a team of two lawyers and a secretary.
Family Affairs go for a solution-directed approach. Paying attention to emotions is part of the deal, for a separation or divorce is much more than only a business and legal affair.
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What we do
We have an all-round know-how and are able to assess on the basis of our experience what is the best way to handle a case. Family Affairs offer the following approaches:
De prettige toon, in persoon en in de correspondentie, viel mij op. Het was geen koud en zakelijk heen- en weerschrijven.
Het kantoor is netjes, professioneel, maar niet te afstandelijk en te zakelijk. Dat bevorderde mijn veiligheidsgevoel. Ik ben altijd nerveus voor een gesprek, maar door de benadering van de medewerkers kalmeer ik sneller.
Het mensgericht handelen gaf de doorslag. Het maakte bij ons het verschil tussen er goed uitkomen of naar de rechter. Het heeft uiteindelijk geleid tot een win-win situatie en dan vooral voor onze kinderen.
Family Affairs is geen bla bla bla kantoor. Het is er heel prettig, niet té formeel, precies goed. De mensen zijn vriendelijk en rustig, prettig en constructief en altijd bereikbaar en bereidwillig.
My lawyer of Family Affairs was recommended to me by another lawyer practising in another field of law. I am pleased to say that the recommendation was fully justified. Over a period of 9 months I was provided with well balanced, considered advice on negotiating and documenting a settlement that required an understanding of a situation whereby my ex and I had been married in one country, had the majority of our assets in a second country and were currently living in NL. My lawyer always responded to e-mails and phone calls promptly and was of great support during what at times was an emotional and legally complex process.
I specialised in the law of persons and family law early in my career. I work as a lawyer and mediator and as a deputy judge at the District Court for East Brabant. Consequently, I can properly advise my clients and assist them in finding a workable solution for all concerned, preferably out of court. The children’s interests come first and foremost in my opinion. When we go to court, I work for one client only, but I work as a mediator for both parties and as a consulting lawyer in a team of various experts.
In the event of a collaborative divorce, I work in a team of experts. Each party has his or her own lawyer. The lawyer does represent his or her own client but is also alive to the interests of the children and the other parent.
My large experience as a lawyer has taught me that a divorce can only end well if all parties respect each other and are prepared to settle the matter jointly, regardless of the amount of trouble and grief.
Mediation and a collaborative divorce are always quicker, less expensive and longer-lasting than an ugly divorce, which has only victims and that is why I will do all I can to avoid such a divorce.
Ouddorp beach is truly a magical place for me. It is so beautiful and peaceful there. For me the ultimate place to recharge.
I find it important to invest in a sound collaboration with my clients, so that we can set out the strategy together and come to optimal results.
I am interested in complex (legal) issues. My motive is to come to practical and long-term solutions in an as efficient as possible manner.
Before reading law, I got a degree in music – flute – at the Rotterdam Academy of Music. The inspiration, strict discipline and creativity I learned there are very useful in my present work.
I am a member and a board member of the Family Law and Inheritance Law Lawyers’ and Divorce Mediators’ Association. In addition I am a member of Rotary Rotterdam North, Young Management Rotterdam, and Business Club V, a network club associated with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our clients find the contacts with Bente pleasant and respectful. Every time the assessments show that Bente plays an important role in our work and in the contacts with our clients.