Emma Kostense has been a lawyer for more than 40 years, and a mediator for more than 20. She has enjoyed a solid reputation in the field of family law for in excess of 30 years. Her core business is assisting clients in arranging their divorces. She also advises prospective partners on the drawing up of prenuptial agreements or on co-habitation contracts that are most appropriate to their own situations. Emma enjoys working with other professionals and is a firm believer in a multi-disciplinary approach. She offers her clients who are divorcing some structure in what can be a chaotic period. ‘Positive divorce’ is her starting point, with the interests of children being the priority and where legal proceedings are avoided. Mediation and the collaborative divorce process offer the greatest likelihood of an amicable separation. Emma assists medical specialists, members of the judiciary, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and high-net-worth individuals.
Until 1 November 2020, Emma – who graduated from Leiden University in 1976 – was a partner at offices of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, which she helped found, based in The Hague and Amsterdam. Prior to that, she had gained experience at major firms in more general practice. Emma Kostense joined SmeetsGijbels on 1 November 2020.
For many years, she was a deputy judge at the Amsterdam and Arnhem-Leeuwarden District Courts. She was a member of the Council of Discipline of the ’s-Gravenhage sub-district, a member of the Supervisory Board of the ‘Haagse Orde van Advocaten’, and a board member of various music and theatre companies. Emma is a member of the ‘Mediatorsfederatie Nederland’, of the Association of Collaborative Professionals, and of other organisations.
Emma Kostense has a listing in the Netherlands Bar register for the following principal and secondary fields of law:
- Personal and family law (mediation, collaborative divorce, divorce, alimony, visitation rights, parentage, and legitimation)
A condition of her registration is that, every calendar year, she is obliged to obtain ten training points for each of the main fields of law for which she is listed, in accordance with the standards of the Netherlands Bar.