Emma T.P. Merkx

Emma Merkx focuses on the various aspects of family law. Emma has a strongly analytical mind but never loses sight of the human aspects of a case.

She graduated cum laude in her Master’s degree in Jurisprudence, specialising in Juvenile Law, from Leiden University in September 2014. This was in addition to the two Bachelor’s degree she earned, in Jurisprudence and Notarial Law. During her studies, Emma was a member of the faculty board of the Leiden University Faculty of Law and she also worked at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. After graduating, Emma gained work experience as a researcher at the Ministry of Justice on Sint Maarten and as a legal advisor at the certified De Jeugd- & Gezinsbeschermers organisation in Haarlem. She then worked as a registrar at the District Court of The Hague. This gave her a good insight into the work of judges; her experience has enabled her to clearly view cases from both sides. In April 2018, Emma made the move to legal practice, joining SmeetsGijbels.

Emma is a member of the Leiden University ‘Alumnicommissie Jeugdrecht’, and in her free time she works as a volunteer for Den Haag Cares.

Emma Merkx has a listing in the Netherlands Bar register for the following principal and secondary fields of law:

  • Personal and family law (divorce, alimony, visitation rights, youth protection law, 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.

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