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Did you come to the Netherlands with your family or are you starting a family here?

Getting married in the Netherlands

Getting married in the Netherlands is simple, however, some paperwork is involved. First, you need to fulfil the requirements. If you do, you will need to give notice of your intention to marry, at least two weeks befor the actual ceremony. A registered and qualified member of the municipality must perform the wedding ceremony. Read more about marriage in the Netherlands.

Did you know that the Netherlands was the first country in the world to extend civil marriage laws to same-sex couples? Find out more about same-sex marriage in the Netherlands.

Partnership & Cohabitation

If you and your partner don’t want to get married in the Netherlands but you do want to legalise your relationship in some way, you should know that there are other options available to you. In the Netherlands, you can have a registered partnership or a cohabitation agreement.

Divorce & Separation

Is your marriage over? There are several ways to legally part ways in the Netherlands. Find out more about filing for a divorce or ending a partnership.

Registering a birth

When and how do you register a child born in the Netherlands? How do you register a child born abroad? And how do you obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate? Find out the answers to these questions on the registering a birth in the Netherlands page.

Adoption

Adoption of Dutch children is not very common, however, around 700 children are adopted from abroad every year. Read more about adoption in the Netherlands.

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  • Marriage in the Netherlands

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    Thinking of getting married in the Netherlands? Learn about marriage and other issues such as marriage registration, criteria, notices and Dutch ceremonies.
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    Partnership & Cohabitation

    Don’t want to get married? Opt for a registered partnership or cohabitation agreement.
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  • Same-sex marriage

    Same-sex marriage

    Couples of the same sex or gender identity can get married in the Netherlands or opt for a registered partnership or a cohabitation agreement.
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  • Adoption

    Adoption

    Information on adopting a child from the Netherlands or abroad, and useful links on adoption and fertility issues.
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  • Child benefits

    Child benefits

    Information on the most common child benefits and allowances families and single parents can receive.
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  • Divorce & Separation

    Divorce & Separation

    Info on ending marriage, registered partnership and cohabitation agreement in the Netherlands. Maintenance, pensions and children in divorce and separation.
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  • Groups & Clubs: Family & Children

    Groups & Clubs: Family & Children

    Be part of the international community in the Netherlands. Here's a list of family and children groups and clubs for locals and expats in the Netherlands.
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  • Birth certificate

    Birth certificate

    Information on how to have a copy of your child's Dutch birth certificate, certificates older than 100 years, and certificates in other languages.
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  • Registering a birth

    Registering a birth

    Information on registering a child born in or outside the Netherlands, along with Important notes on declaring paternity.
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  • Types of childcare

    Types of childcare

    Types of childcare for expats in the Netherlands including day care, after school care, preschools, playgroups, babysitters, nannies, au pairs and more.
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  • Primary & Secondary education in the Netherlands

    Primary & Secondary education in the Netherlands

    How much do you know about the primary and secondary education in the Netherlands?
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