Ivo Pieters has been touched by the law of persons and family law since 1997 and has been active on every possible front since then. He has been with this firm since 1999. He focuses on the law of persons and family law practice. His practice is broad and varied:
He also specializes in adoption and parentage cases and does many juvenile court cases. He is often appointed by the court as guardian ad litem and regularly assists minors who want to be heard by a judge. Ivo Pieters is very active and involved in (the development of) the institution of the guardian ad litem. He publishes, teaches and participates in many consultations on the subject. His practice also includes many international family law cases, so he has a lot of experience with European treaties and Private International Law. Another important part of his practice is inheritance law, especially the division of estates.
In the persons and family law practice, he assists clients in proceedings where necessary, but first mediates where possible. Ivo Pieters has successfully completed the Association for Family Lawyers Divorce Mediators (vFAS) training (both the mediation training and the legal training) and is also a certified mediator with the Mediatorsfederatie Nederland (MfN).
For Ivo Pieters, the challenge of mediation is to get divorcing parties to communicate better with each other partly by looking at the emotions and underlying interests. Ivo Pieters' first point of departure is the legal standards.
Furthermore, the currently mandatory parenting plan provides the opportunity to involve children in divorce mediation at an early age. By experiences as a guardian ad litem, Ivo Pieters is also very adept at conducting discussions with (young) children. His experiences as a deputy judge, in the first instance at the district court and in the second instance at the court of appeal, give him a good insight into litigation practice and the possibilities and impossibilities therein. He can also use this in his capacity as mediator. In addition, he keeps his legal knowledge sharp by writing annotations, hints, commentaries, case law chronicles and articles, as well as teaching lawyers and judges.
Before graduating, Ivo Pieters worked as a student assistant at the Department of Social and Labor Law at Leiden University. During his graduation, Ivo Pieters started working as a court clerk at the Court of Appeal of The Hague. After graduating, he was appointed there as court clerk at the Family Division. He worked there until January 1, 1999, the last six months also as a staff lawyer. On January 1, 1999 he joined Verhoeff Rosenberg Polak in The Hague as a lawyer. After 10 months he transferred his practice to Groenendijk & Kloppenburg Advocaten. He is also a deputy judge and councilor and a lecturer at the Post Academic Education of Leiden University, E-wise online education & publishing, Jurisdidact and the Stichting Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR).
Ivo Pieters has registered in the register of areas of law of the Dutch Bar Association the following areas of law: law of persons and family law. This registration requires him to obtain ten training points in each registered area of law each calendar year according to the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.