Van Maas de Bie | Advocatuur – Mediation – Coaching

Arlette van Maas de Bie is founder/partner of Van Maas de Bie, Advocatuur Mediation Coaching.

Arlette specializes in international divorces and family issues.
She advises about the international jurisdiction of the court and the applicable law on the divorce, the matrimonial property regime, the division of pension rights after divorce, cross-border custody and contact arrangements as well as international alimony questions. Furthermore she takes care of the execution of a Dutch court decision abroad and vice versa a foreign court decision is executed in the Netherlands.

Furthermore Arlette engages in international decent questions, surrogacy, recognition of children, determination of paternity, international adoptions and obtaining of the Dutch nationality.

The clientele of Arlette is versatile. Next to you and I captains of industry, international royals, celebreties, sport-internationals, musicians, expats, pilots and pensionado’s also like to engage her because of her extraordinary specialism. Arlette works worldwide. Her clients come from all over the world.

Clients experience it as pleasant that next to Dutch, German and English, Arlette also understands Spanish and French.

Internationale kwesties zijn vaak ingewikkelder dan op het eerste gezicht lijkt.  Door de zaak ‘te pellen’ en alternatieven aan te dragen, kom ik tot bruikbare oplossingen.!


Mediation / Coaching

With more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer and mediator Arlette knows that a mutual arrangement out of court has more to offer than a court procedure. In international procedures that is even more so. Court procedures tend to be very costly and take ages. Arlette’s added value is that with her knowledge of international law and conflict management she prevents the parties falling into the different kind of traps and guide them to optimal juridical solid solutions.

Individual coaching is often part of the mediation process. The cultural differences between people play an important role, especially in international cases. It also determines how people handle conflicts and communicate with each other (or rather not communicate). By recognizing this, people learn talking to each other instead of not hearing what the other really means. When listening to react changes into listening to understand, real contact comes to life. It opens doors for solutions.

At divorces it plays a part that over the years spouses developed certain patterns of communication. These patterns together with the sadness and frustrations about the divorce make that negotiations often stuck. To create another mindset, in an individual coaching session Arlette helps to break through worn-out patterns and give the mourning process a place. That helps to brighten the way to build new bridges and work constructively on a new future and new reality for both parts.

Focus on the positive, the solution and the future, facilitate changes in desired direction. Therefore, focus on solution-oriented talk rather than on problem-oriented talk.


About Arlette

Arlette van Maas de Bie studied Law at the Law Faculty of the University Leyden (Netherlands) and Osnabrück (Germany). After her studies she was a university lecturer in private international law for many years. She obtained her doctorate on a German thesis about international divorces and its consequences.

Since September 19988 Arlette works as a lawyer with an international legal practice. First she worked with Banning Van Kemenade en Holland Advocaten (the later Holland Van Gijzen Advocaten en Notarissen), then she was one of the founding partners of VMBS Advocaten. Subsequently she served as a deputy judge in an Appeal Court for two years.

Arlette followed her mediation training at Dialogue and her Coaching training at Move a Mountain. In her practice she works closely with other lawyers, mediators, coaches, therapists, special KIES-coaches for children in divorce situations, tax and pension experts.

Arlette is regularly called in by fellow lawyers as an expert for advice or legal/second opinions in the field of private international law. She is capable to fathom the most complicated matter, to make it understandable and resolve them.

As a specialist in the field of private international law and her rich practical experience Arlette is often asked as a teacher. She has participated in various courses, such as the postgraduate specialization course Family Law of VFAS/IMFO, OSR, AvdR, Nemesis Opleidingen, Professional training of lawyers and School voor Mediation.

Mijn motto is:
It is not what we say, but what we are that makes a difference.


memo echtscheiding en alimentatie

Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2019 (Memo Divorce and Alimony)

Book  544 pages
Language Dutch
Authors: mr.dr. A.R. van Maas de Bie, mr. P. Dorhout, dr. I.J.Pieters.

ISBN nr.9789013153507

ISBN nr. 9789013153514 (E-book)
Online available at www.wolterskluwer.nl

Boek Echtscheiding en internationaal privaatrecht

Echtscheiding en internationaal privaatrecht (Divorce and private international law)

Book, 208 pages
Language Dutch
Monografieen (echt)scheidingsrecht Edition 2014, MSR deel 6
Author: mr. dr. A.R. van Maas de Bie
Redactie: prof. mr. W.R. Meijer mr. M.J.C. Koens

Order code 901238656X
Online available at www.sdu.nl

Other publications


  • Internationale Scheidungen und Scheidungsfolgen in Deutschland und in den Niederlanden, Kollisionsrecht, internationales Verfahrensrecht, Dissertation, University Leyden, 18 September 2002
  • (Echt)scheiding en internationaal privaatrecht, in: Kroniek van het (echt)scheidingsrecht, Monografieën (echt)scheidingsrecht, deel 9, editie 2007, S. 65-74
  • Länderbericht Niederlande, in: Erbrecht in Europa, 1. Auflage, hrsg.von Süβ/Würzburg, 2004
  • Länderbericht Niederlande, in: Erbrecht in Europa, 2. Auflage, hrsg.von Süβ/Würzburg, 2008
  • Länderbericht Niederlande, in: Erbrecht in Europa, 3. Auflage, hrsg.von Süβ/Würzburg, 2015
  • Länderbericht Niederlande, in: Erbrecht in Europa, 4. Auflage, hrsg.von Süβ/Würzburg, 2019
  • (Echt)scheiding en internationaal privaatrecht, Monografieën (echt)scheidingsrecht, deel 6, 4e gewijzigde druk, Sdu Uitgevers, 2010
  • (Echt)scheiding en internationaal privaatrecht, Monografieën (echt)scheidingsrecht, deel 6, 5e gewijzigde druk, Sdu Uitgevers, 2014
    Online verkrijgbaar op www.sdu.nl
  • Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2011 (co-auteur), Kluwer, Deventer 2011
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2012 (co-auteur), Kluwer, Deventer 2012
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2013 (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2013
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2014, (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2014
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2015, (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2015
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2016, (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2016
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2017, (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2017
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2018, (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2018
    Memo Echtscheiding en alimentatie 2019, (co-auteur), Kluwer/Deventer 2019
    Online availabe at
  • SDU@Commentaar, Relatierecht, 2014, Brussel IIbis verordening no. 465-471, 474-479
  • SDU@Commentaar, Relatierecht, 2014, IPR Ontbinding van het huwelijk en scheiding van tafel en bed, no. 490-495


  • Artikelen 36-39 en 64 IPR-Schets: Echtscheiding, alimentatie en echtscheidingsgevolgen, WPNR 1993 (6106), p. 663-667
  • Artikelen 60-63 IPR-Schets: Ouderlijke macht en gezag van rechtswege, onder curatelestelling en onder bewindstelling, kinderbescherming en kinderontvoering, WPNR 1993 (6107), p. 689-690
  • De artikelen 112-114 IPR-Schets: vormvoorschriften, WPNR 1993 (6116), p. 929-931
  • De erkenning en executie van buitenlandse alimentatiebeslissingen, EB 2/1994, p. 6-7
  • Pensioenverevening bij scheiding in het ipr, EB 4/1994, p. 89
  • Pensioenverevening bij scheiding in het ipr, EB 5/1994, p. 69
  • Erkenning van een buitenlandse scheiding, EB 9/1994, p. 3-5
  • Voorlopige voorzieningen bij echtscheiding in het ipr – De rechtsmacht van de rechter, EB 10/1994, p. 5-8
  • De onaanvaardbaarheidsexceptie nader bezien, EB 2/1995, p. 9-12
  • Rechtskeuze in het internationale echtscheidingsrecht, EB 6/7/1995, p. 5-8
  • Botsing van pensioenverevening en -verrekening, EB 6/7/1996, p. 1-4
  • De echtelijke woning in een internationale echtscheidingsprocedure, FJR 1997, p. 147-151
  • Internationale pensioenverevening, FJR 1998, p. 141-146
  • Ontkenning vaderschap door meerderjarig kind, Editorial FJR 1999, p. 45
  • De kwalificatie van de pensioenverevening, Editorial FJR 2000, p. 123-124
  • De Wet conflictenrecht pensioenverevening bij echtscheiding: Is een afgewogen reparatiewetgeving wenselijk?, NIPR 2001, afl. 2, p. 173-186
  • Voorontwerp nieuwe IPR-Wet, Editorial FJR 2001, p. 157-158
  • EG-Verordeningen bij echtscheiding en ouderlijke verantwoordelijkheid, FJR 2002, p. 305
  • De rol van de faillissementscurator, (co-auteur) in: Het spel en de knikkers, Bundel ter gelegenheid van het Jonge Balie Congres 2002, Martiniplaza Groningen, p. 89-108
  • Afgebroken onderhandelingen in de internationale rechtspraktijk, Holland Lawyer, oktober-november 2003, p. 14-15
  • Vaarwel adoptie-dubbelop! Editorial FJR 2003, p. 169
  • Workshop Kinderontvoering, FJR jubileum Symposium 10 juni 2004, FJR 2004, p. 259-260
  • De meerwaarde van Brussel IIbis, FJR 2005, p. 121
  • Europese verordening over internationale nalatenschappen op komst, VP Bulletin, jaargang 13/juni 2006, nr. 6, p. 6-8
  • Internationaal procederen in de arbeidsrechtpraktijk, (medeauteur) in: Arbeidsrecht Integraal, thema procederen in arbeidszaken, deel 9, Editie 2007, p. 65-74

Online publications

  • Bij samenloop van rechtsmachtsbepalingen gaat de werknemersaansprakelijkheid boven de bestuurdersaansprakelijkheid. Mr. Snelrecht, website voor juristen, 25 juli 2017. read more
  • Europees bankbeslag nu mogelijk. Mr. Snelrecht, website voor juristen, 6 maart 2017. read more
  • Erkenning Amerikaans vonnis in Nederland, Mr. Snelrecht, website voor juristen, 7 oktober 2016. read more
  • Nieuwe Europese Verordeningen inzake huwelijksvermogensrecht een feit. Internationaal procesrecht, Mr. Snelrecht, website voor juristen, 8 september 2016. read more
  • Is er nog plaats voor de Nederlandse openbare orde naast de openbare orde van de Europese Unie?, Mr. Snelrecht, website voor juristen, 3 mei 2016. read more



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