Parliament scraps quick divorce

6th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Parliament has approved proposed legislation that stipulates that couples wishing to divorce must always arrange this via the courts. A quick divorce arrangement is no longer valid. Nor has any alternative "administrative divorce procedure" been approved.

6 June 2007

THE HAGUE – Parliament has approved proposed legislation that stipulates that couples wishing to divorce must always arrange this via the courts. A quick divorce arrangement is no longer valid. Nor has any alternative "administrative divorce procedure" been approved.

Until now couples were able to "convert" their marriage into a registered partnership, which could be dissolved by a city official. Governing parties Christian democrat CDA, ChristenUnie, and Labour PvdA agreed in the coalition agreement however that this kind of route should be closed off.

Parliament as a whole thought the quick divorce scheme undesirable because it is not recognised in many other countries. Parents who wish to divorce are first required to agree on a parenting plan for the future. This puts children in a better position, said Youth and Family Affairs Minister Andre Rouvoet.

 [Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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