Dealing with
the divorce
of a performer or athlete

An athlete or performer divorcing

SmeetsGijbels also has much experience with the specific aspects relating to divorces involving athletes or performers. The risk of media exposure in particular is never far away in such cases. Although discretion is a key element in every case, it is even more important to ensure discretion in cases of this kind. We therefore always attempt to achieve divorces in these cases through consultations with the two spouses. This will make the divorce process a ‘rubber stamp’ matter, with the courts simply having to issue the divorce. The spouses do not have to attend court themselves, which itself reduces the likelihood of media exposure.

Top-level athletes often only have high incomes during their active careers. They know that they are unlikely to earn such high amounts once their sports careers are over. This makes it important to discuss carefully and thoroughly whether any partner alimony should be paid, and if so, how much. After all, such payments may be based on the high level of wealth during the marriage, but knowing in advance that such levels of wealth are unlikely to last once your professional career is over is a good reason for both partners to discuss the matter in full.

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Family and inheritance law are sensitive subjects that often involve strong emotions. Matters that once seemed routine can take on a new significance as a result of all kinds of events, causing a breakdown in communications and thrusting the parties involved into far-reaching and invasive legal proceedings. SmeetsGijbels advises its clients on what route to take. We do so with empathy and support, adding our specialist legal knowledge as necessary.

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Family law

Find out more about our family law lawyers and mediators in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. They can advise you on what decisions to take.