Carla Simmelink

Carla Simmelink

mr. Carla Simmelink

Attorney at law

” Solution orientation and personal commitment characterize my approach. I see it as a challenge to resolve your case to your full satisfaction so that you can move forward. “

– mr. Carla Simmelink

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Carla is a committed, interested interlocutor and goes for the best results. She combines accessibility and professionalism so clients always feel at ease. Pragmatically and effectively she represents your interests.

Already during the first introductory meeting, she gives her vision of your situation. She can also articulate complex legal issues to her clients in a straightforward manner with her clear vision and communication.

Her primary goal is to find sustainable and efficient solutions that will allow you to move forward. It is often possible to reach a lasting solution by mutual agreement with the other party.

If that fails, Carla puts her knowledge and experience to use during legal proceedings at the District Court or the Court of Appeal.

Carla assists both individuals and businesses. She herself comes from an entrepreneurial family, so entrepreneurship has been instilled in her. As a result, she feels a strong connection with entrepreneurs: strong characters who are used to directing their lives according to their own views and opinions.


Within her areas of knowledge and expertise, Carla has a number of specialties: personal and family law, name law and private international law.

This means she can help you with (international) divorces, alimony, custody and relocations with children. She also knows a lot about first name changes and now, often relatedly, about obtaining non-binary status (gender neutral). International cases involve questions such as when which court of a country has jurisdiction and which country’s law should be applied.


Carla studied Dutch law at Maastricht University and also attended a year of European Law School (ELS). The ELS is a special study making comparisons between the different legal systems of EU member states.

In the final phase of her studies, she took additional modules in insurance law, psychiatry and psychology as well as ICT and law at Utrecht University.

Work Experience

After completing her studies, Carla worked as a lawyer in a bailiff’s office for six months. In 2004, she was sworn in as a lawyer and began the three-year training as a lawyer at a law firm in Rotterdam. There she worked in general practice which consisted mainly of criminal law cases, real estate law (also as counsel to VBO brokers) and personal and family law. At the same time, Carla began specializing in personal and family law. She has now been involved in this multi-faceted area of law for seventeen years. In 2018, Carla founded law firm Simmelink.

Register of Jurisdictions

Carla Simmelink is registered in the Register of Jurisdictions of the Dutch Bar Association in the following areas of law:

  • General practice
  • Personen & familierecht
    • Private International Law;
    • Divorces;
    • Alimony cases;
    • Access arrangements;
    • Parenting and recognition
  • Psychiatric patient law

Pursuant to this registration, she is required to obtain ten training points in each registered main area of law each calendar year according to the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.

Blog postings: news, articles and stories

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Recognition by foreign husband of Dutch child

In the past, he had a brief relationship with a Dutch woman, Lisanne, when they lived together in Japan. Shortly after their relationship ended, Lisanne informed Thomas that she was expecting. She will not say whether he is the father or not. Thomas would like to have it officially confirmed that he is Simon’s (legal) father. The woman does not like that father and son have found each other.
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Een oudere man met boeken, mogelijk nadenkend over zijn testament en nalatenschap.

Beneficiary acceptance: how we helped Julia make a wise and safe choice

Julia’s uncle died, and he named her an heir in his will. Although she was grateful for some bequests, she knew little about his financial estate, including possible debts and inheritance taxes.
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Treurige man die onterfd is.

Disinherited child and the right to the legitimate portion

Mike and Miranda are married and over the years have built a family with three adult children: Bas, Pim and Johan. Due to circumstances, the relationship between Bas and his parents has deteriorated. The parents decided to disinherit one of the children.
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Kinderalimentatie berekenen bij inkomensstijging van ex-partner

Wanneer een ex-partner een inkomensstijging ervaart, kan dit de kinderalimentatie beïnvloeden. In dit artikel leggen we uit hoe de alimentatie wordt herberekend op basis van actuele financiële gegevens en veranderde behoeften van het kind.
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From American dream to international divorce

Remco moved to America several years ago for work, he had the opportunity to pursue his dream there, and in consultation with his wife Annelies he left for a few years. Good arrangements have been made: Remco and Annelies will visit each other regularly. This is important not only for the partners but also for their son Benjamin. Benjamin was only 2.5 years old when his father moved temporarily.
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International divorce and custody with unreachable partner: from the Netherlands with Italian mother and Canadian father

A divorce involving a foreign partner can already be quite complex. It becomes even more complex when children are involved. Especially if the parents live in a country other than the country of the child’s nationality. In what country does the court have jurisdiction when things don’t go as hoped?
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Vlaggen van Noorwegen en Oostenrijk. Het betreft een internationale echtscheiding.

International divorce in the Netherlands: the story of Austrian Lukas and Norwegian Elise

Lukas, an Austrian, met Elise, a Norwegian, during a vacation in Norway. They fell in love and their adventure took them to Salzburg, Austria, where they decided to get married.
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Na de scheiding verhuizen naar de andere kant van het land?

Als ouders gaan scheiden, is het gebruikelijk dat er woningen bij elkaar in de buurt worden gezocht zodat kinderen eenvoudig beide ouders kunnen bezoeken. Maar soms gebeurt het dan een van de ouders verder weg wil gaan wonen, soms zelfs aan de andere kant van het land.
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Een internationale scheiding in Nederland, Duitsland, Australië en Zuid-Afrika

Een scheiding waarbij beide partners in Nederland wonen, kan al behoorlijk complex zijn. Maar de volgende casus laat een wel bijzonder ingewikkeld scheidingsverhaal zien. Het gaat om een internationale scheiding waarbij Nederland, Duitsland, Australië en Zuid-Afrika een rol spelen. De procedure is vastgelopen in het buitenland en beide partijen weten niet goed wat ze hier nu mee moeten. 
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Indexering alimentatie in 2022 is 1,9%

Elk jaar verhoogt de overheid de alimentatiebedragen met een bepaald percentage. Dit heet indexering van alimentatie. Deze verhoging wordt toegepast, ook als deze jaarlijkse verhoging van de alimentatie niet in een rechterlijke uitspraak of in een echtscheidingsconvenant en ouderschapsplan is genoemd.
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Auteur: Carla Simmelink

Carla Simmelink is advocaat en eigenaar van Advocatenkantoor Simmelink. Haar specialisaties zijn: familierecht, naamrecht en erfrecht in Nederlandse en internationale kwesties. Carla is een betrokken, geïnteresseerde gesprekspartner en gaat voor het beste resultaat. Pragmatisch en doelmatig behartigt zij uw belangen.

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