Applying for a special guardian

In certain cases, a judge can appoint a special guardian, e.g. if the parents are divorced and the child is in trouble, or if there is a conflict between the child and their parents or their legal guardian. The special guardian defends the interests of the child, both in and out of court.

Last updated on 12 August 2021

Duties of the special guardian

When the special guardian is appointed, the judge determines what their duties are. For example:

  • to talk to everyone who is involved and draw up a report for the court;
  • to mediate (in Dutch) between the child and their parents or legal guardian;
  • to start proceedings before the court.

Applying for a special guardian

Applications to appoint a special guardian (in Dutch) are made to the district court. You will need a lawyer to do this on your behalf. The parent(s) or the child itself can make the application.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Dutch Civil Code, Book 1, Article 250

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