Experimenting with a Non-Adversarial Procedure for Child-related Parental Disputes in the Netherlands

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Masha Antokolskaia Marit Buddenbaum Lieke Coenraad To combat high-conflict divorce by making the divorce procedure less adversarial and diminishing subsequent legal and personal conflicts between separated parents is currently a high legal and policy priority in the Netherlands. It has even been proclaimed as one of the Government’s national policy goals in the 2017 Coalition Agreement that forms the basis of the current Dutch Coalition Government. High-conflict divorce was brought onto the Dutch political agenda in 2013. In that year, a dramatic family murder case hit the headlines of national newspapers. A divorced father, who had been involved in a child-related struggle with his ex-wife for five years, killed himself and his two sons. He did so, after receiving a phone call from the police that the mother had filed a child abuse complaint against him, out of fear of losing the shared residence order regarding his boys.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhat is a Family Justice System for?
PublisherHart Publishing, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Oct 2021

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PublisherHart Bloomsbury


  • divorce, echtscheiding, vechtscheiding

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