About us

Dutch name change is an initiative of the law firm Bowmer & Nuiten in Rotterdam.

Maria Bowmer is an experienced Dutch lawyer specialised in international family law. Having an international background ourselves, we are very familiar with the struggles foreigners may face in the Netherlands, especially when they are not familiar with the Dutch legal system. 

Over the years, we have helped many clients, both living in or outside The Netherlands, with their name changes. Therefore, we are uniquely equipped to handle cases with international aspects. We adjust our working approach to fit the needs of our international clients, so they understand each step in their journey. 

How we work

In our view, a working relationship between client and lawyer should be easy and open. We aim to work through the difficulties you face in your desire to change your name, both on a legal and a human level. We aim to support you through the entire process and inform you about next steps, the time line and expected outcome. If you are encountering any difficulties, there is always room to discuss them with us. 

About us

Maria Bowmer

Maria Bowmer, international family lawyer
Maria Bowmer

Maria is an Irish national and a native English speaker. She moved to The Netherlands at a young age and she studied civil and business law at Leiden University. Maria has been practicing family law for over 20 years and now focuses on international family law cases. Maria set up our boutique law firm in Rotterdam in 2019. She enjoys developing resources to inform non-Dutch speakers, foreign nationals and expatriates of their rights in The Netherlands. Maria believes in the right to free access to legal information.

Helping people is not just about fees.

Our sister website Dutch Divorce Lawyer provides a similar resource about divorce in The Netherlands.

Selma Akitürkmen

Selma is of Turkish origin and is our name change paralegal handling client care. She graduated in law from the University of Tilburg in 2023.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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