Simpler divorce procedure

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Couples without underage children who want to divorce should be able to do so more easily if they agree on all other matters involved. This is contained in a proposed bill on which ministers Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justice) and André Rouvoet (Youth and Family Affairs) reached agreement on Wednesday.

29 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Couples without underage children who want to divorce should be able to do so more easily if they agree on all other matters involved. This is contained in a proposed bill on which ministers Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justice) and André Rouvoet (Youth and Family Affairs) reached agreement on Wednesday.

At the moment only lawyers may submit a divorce request. The new plan will allow the partners to turn to a notary public, who would be authorised to submit to the court a joint request for a divorce on behalf of the two, eliminating the need for a verbal plea for the divorce.

The court can decide to require a verbal plea in some cases, if it suspects abuse of the situation for instance. The partners may then plead their case. But they will not need to involve an attorney.

Coalition parties Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA and ChristenUnie have agreed to scrap the current quick divorce procedure. This procedure allows couples to convert their marriage into a registered partnership, which can be dissolved without going to court. The PvdA and Liberal VVD however want an alternative for this procedure to be introduced and have urged for some other form of administrative divorce.

The new proposal for a simplified procedure is not a quick divorce option, says a spokesperson for the justice minister, since a judge is still involved. Rouvoet (ChristenUnie) insists that the independent review of the case by a judge is essential. He also wanted the bill to make it clear that this was only possible if no underage children are involved.

The ChristenUnie finds the plan acceptable. The faction has always insisted that divorce must not be simply an administrative affair without the intervention of a judge. The PvdA did not want to comment pending further discussion in the faction.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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