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Martine Wernsen

Lawyer and mediator in The Hague, The Netherlands

Mr Martine Wernsen

Versteegh cs Advocaten

www.ve-advocaten.nl

0031 (0) 70-314 24 15

Martine has been an attorney since 2003. She has experience in criminal law, juvenile law, family law and psychiatric patient law. She also works as a mediator.

Since a few years she focuses on family cases involving relocation of children and child abduction.

Martine has created this website (www.carefulchildrelocation.com) to draw more attention to these issues and to ensure a good cooperation between clients and lawyers in these often urgent cases. In addition to her practice, she is working daily to add information about these types of cases to this website.

Martine speaks and writes Dutch and English.

Martine does not accept cases on the basis of subsidized legal aid.

Relevant experiences and positions

Decision making model

Martine graduated from the University of Utrecht in both civil and criminal law. After her studies, she immediately started working as a lawyer. During career as a lawyer in The Netherlands, Martine has completed several specialization courses in the fields of criminal law, juvenile law and family law. She was also an active board member of the Hague Association of Juvenile Lawyers. This diversity of interests and experiences is useful in child abduction cases, since that is where those different areas of law intersect.

Martine started mediation training in 2021. There, she develops the skills needed to analyse, together with the parties, what interests they have and what these interests are based on. She considers it very important to find out the underlying interests, emotions and patterns in order to have constructive discussions.

In 2021, Martine started writing for Careful child relocation. At first, that website was ment just for her office. It was only later that she realized how valuable it would be to share this web site with other lawyers from many different countries.

Today, Martine combines her practice with working on the website. She likes to find out how the Hague Convention on Child Abduction is implemented in the various Member States. She also likes to read about the social and psychological consequences of relocation and emigration for children and adults. Martine greatly appreciates the input she receives from other lawyers. She incorporates everything into the articles and blogs she writes for carefulchildrelocation.com.

Blogs from Martine Wernsen

12 months of suspended prison sentence

12 months of suspended prison sentence

District Court of Gelderland July 1 2022, ECLI:NL:RBGEL:2022:3355 The mother withdrew her three-year-old daughter from the father's legal custody for 14 months. Now she gets a suspended prison sentence with probation and she must pay damages.  Unknown address The...

How not to involve the children

How not to involve the children

Arnhem Court of Appeal, The Netherlands May 24, 2022, ECLI:NL:GHARL:2022:4136 After the divorce, the father and mother both lived in the same residence. The court had rejected the mother's request to move with the children (8, 10 and 12 years old) to another city. The...

Permission to move not required

Permission to move not required

Court of Midden-Nederland, The Netherlands 9 June 2021, ECLI:NL:RBMNE:2021:2432 A parent does not need (replacement) permission to move, if the child does not move with him. The parents have joint custody of the child. The child is registered at the mother's address....

Mother had sole custody, but must return the child

Mother had sole custody, but must return the child

Supreme Court, Netherlands October 15, 2021, ECLI:NL:HR:2021:1513 The mother with custody moved with the child to an unknown destination before the parties became joint custodians. Nevertheless, the court may decide that the mother must move back with the child. The...

Is it a criminal offence if you abduct your own child?

Is it a criminal offence if you abduct your own child?

Appeal Court The Hague, The Netherlands,  December 2 2019, ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2019:3154 In this case a father kept the children away from their mother for a period of 11 years. The Appeal Court sentenced him to imprisonment for a period of 42 months. The Appeal Court also...

Is child abduction a criminal offence?

Is child abduction a criminal offence?

In the Netherlands it is a criminal act to keep a child from the person(s) who has custody over the child. It is called ‘withdrawal from authority’. This criminal act is described in article 279 of the Dutch Criminal Law. The Dutch prosecutor’s office has written a...