How We Can Help You?
Since divorce is a step-wise process, we have also divided our services into smaller stages. In doing so, we aim to make the procedure as easy for you as possible.
Before the divorce process officially begins, you can schedule a consultation with us. In this step, our team of experienced lawyers will provide you expert advice to navigate through the whole process without a hurdle. Their advice will allow you to make cost-effective and informed decisions.
Additionally, we’re here to show you the bigger picture.
In our consultation session, you’ll learn:
- Your legal rights, aspects related to divorce, and responsibilities during and after the process
- If you fulfill the conditions to file for a divorce in Singapore legally
- The answers to all your questions related to the divorce process
- About different stages of the process
- Divorce options that are available in Singapore
Furthermore, when you decide to use our services, we will do the following for you:
- Inform you about Alternative Dispute Resolution options, allowing you to save money and time
- Prepare you for what comes after the divorce; custody arrangements, visitation orders, etc
- Help you secure assets, manage joint accounts, and safeguard your credit cards
- Prepare you for trial, in case there is any, in the family court
- Guide you about health care professionals in case there’s a high conflict or dispute between both parties
- Help you deal with joint matrimonial aspects and assets
Once the consultation is over, we’ll move on to the actual divorce process, which is further divided into two steps.
In the first step, the court will terminate the marriage contract. The family court will determine if the dissolution of the marriage should take place.
In the next and final step, Ancillary matters will come into play. These include child custody, marital assets, and maintenance of the children and wife (in some cases).
Most of the time, in a divorce procedure in Singapore, the court will give joint custody to parents where one parent has control while the other parent cares for the child. Thus, both parents have an equal and important role in the upbringing and decision-making of the child.
The family court favors joint custody to ensure two things.
The major aim is to ensure that the divorce process does not ignore or neglect the child’s welfare.
Thus, both parties have to agree on the arrangements for the final divorce judgment to be passed. We help you understand the arrangements and prepare you for your responsibilities once the divorce is finalized.
In Singapore, matrimonial assets refer to the assets acquired by the couple or one of them during the duration of their marriage.
Often, there are disputes regarding the division of assets. Both parties can raise disagreements. Thus, it’s crucial for you to have our experienced team of lawyers by your side.
We bust any myths or rumors you may have heard around you.
Some common issues are:
- Interspousal gifts
- Single Income Marriages
- Single-person gifts
- Joint tenancy
A common myth we often come across is that each matrimonial asset is split into half. It’s not true. Before dividing the assets, the family court looks at several factors:
- Financial independence of both parties in the divorce
- Financial and Non-financial contributions
- Children’s needs
- Postnuptial or prenuptial arrangements finalized between both parties
Keeping all these factors into consideration, the court decides on a Just and Equitable division that favors both parties plus the children. As a result, not every asset is divided into half.
For example, if one party was a homemaker during the marriage or doesn’t have any savings, the court might give a higher percentage of the asset to that person. Likewise, a parent who has to take care of the child may get a higher cut of the property to meet their financial needs.
Asset division is just one of the matters that come up in a divorce proceeding. Since we’ve been in the field for years, we know the ins and outs of each affair, issue, and dispute. Therefore, when you choose us, you’re in good and reliable hands.
Uncontested Divorce Singapore
In an uncontested divorce, both parties are in mutual agreement or have decided on pre-finalized terms. An uncontested divorce Singapore is generally quicker and cheaper. Most hearings don’t last longer than ten minutes.
When you trust us for your uncontested divorce Singapore, you get the following benefits:
- Confidentiality: Since uncontested divorce proceedings take place in the judge’s chambers, you won’t have to disclose your private matters in front of the public.
- Cheaper: Our customized uncontested divorce Singapore packages are less costly as compared to contested divorce plans.
- Speedy Process: While contested divorce proceedings can span over several days, the uncontested divorce process in Singapore hardly lasts more than an hour.
To be eligible for an uncontested divorce process in Singapore, you must have agreed upon and finalized the:
- Matrimonial assets’ division
- Grounds for divorce
- Child custody and care
- Wife and child maintenance, if applicable
Even if you need help with any aspect, our experts are at your beck and call. Along with providing extensive consultation, we also tailor the divorce packages according to your situation and requirements.
Much like getting a good deal for your next apparel purchase, you’ll also see ads from the legal industry online. Look through them and choose the lawyer or law firm that seems most empathetic. Also, look at the services they provide. For instance, you may be looking for legal advice related to uncontested divorces. Check if your chosen lawyer takes such cases.
However, make sure that you don’t fall for ridiculously low fees. Some of them are too good to be true. They’re just there to lure you in. Once you fall for them, you’ll only get subpar services. In contrast, we are completely transparent about our fees. You only pay what you see on our website and get the best divorce lawyer Singapore for your case.
Family Lawyer Singapore: Ultimate Guide
Going through a divorce can be tough, especially if it’s a contested one. That’s why it’s essential to know about the divorce law in Singapore and how you can use it to make the process easy and smooth.
To make matters easier, we’re dividing this guide into smaller sections.
Matters About Children
According to the divorce law in Singapore, you can get three kinds of rights to your children after a divorce:
- Child custody
- Access to the child
- Control and care of the child
Although sounding similar, these rights encompass different responsibilities.
Having custody of a child refers to the parent’s right to make major life decisions for the child’s welfare. These include medical treatment, religion, and education, etc.
In accordance with the Guardianship of Infants Act and the Singapore Divorce and Family in the Women’s Charter, individuals under the age of 21 are referred to as children. Any family member above this age is not affected by the Divorce Custody Order.
All laws are equally applicable to everyone in the country, regardless of their religion and race.
In contrast, having control and care responsibility for a child means that a parent can make day to day life decisions for them.
Most of the time, the court will give Care and Control rights to one parent during the school days - Monday to Friday - and the Access right to the other parents for the weekends.
Parents can also discuss their preferences in court. Similarly, children that are sufficiently mature can also express their wish for a certain parent to get access, custody, or care rights.
However, the court makes the final decision, ensuring that it’s in the best interests of the child.
The court can give the parents rights pertaining to the children in one of the ways discussed below.
1. Sole Custody
The family court will give one parent full custody of the child. Such a decision is normally taken when the parents have a stressful or unhealthy relationship.
Moreover, if the couple has made the mutual raising of the child impossible, despite counseling and alternative channels, the court grants sole custody to one parent.
In some cases, a parent may willingly give up their right to the child’s custody in return for favorable terms in other issues, such as Ancillary matters.
2. Joint Custody
Both parents can make decisions for the child’s wellbeing and welfare. They have an equal say in how the child should be raised.
Mostly, the courts try their best to give joint custody to the parents unless there’s a seemingly unresolvable dispute. Joint custody allows both parents to be equally involved in the child’s life.
3. Split Custody
A split custody order is given when there are multiple children in a divorce. The court will give custody of one child to one party and the other child to the second parent.
However, such an order is uncommon and practically tricky since it would mean splitting the siblings.
If both parties have agreed to have a Split Custody order, they have to file an affidavit to explain the arrangement's terms and why it’s best for the children.
4. Hybrid Order
The court gives the child’s custody to a parent, provided that they consult the other parent regarding the matters involving the child’s welfare, like moving to another country or their religion.
The common assets that the court looks at are businesses, insurance, savings, jewelry, cars, CPF balances, and shares. Firstly, the court ascertains a pool of assets. Then, the division takes place.
1. Financial Contributions
The court takes each party’s contribution into account. In case there are debts incurred by any of the parties involved, the court considers them too.
Additionally, the court looks at indirect contributions. These are the payments a party has made for the maintenance or renovation of an asset.
2. Non-Financial Contributions
The court considers every party’s role in the household, such as childcare, caring for the elderly, etc. Therefore, homemakers are not prejudiced on the basis of their absence in financial contributions.
3. Postnuptial and Prenuptial Arrangements
In the case of Postnuptial and Prenuptial Arrangements, the court will give them due consideration. However, these agreements aren’t exhaustive.
If required, the court will take other factors into account before deciding on an equitable and mutually beneficial division of assets.
As per Section 113 in the Women’s Charter, a spouse dependent on the other party financially during the marriage can apply for spousal maintenance during or following the divorce.
In this process, the Family Justice Court considers the following factors:
- The spouse’s non-financial contributions in the home
- Both spouses’ age
- Marriage duration
- Whether the applicant is mentally and physically sound
- Financial needs of the dependant spouse
- Current income or earning capacity
- Lifestyle and living standard of the family during the marriage
How to Choose The Right Family Solicitors for your Case?
Choosing the right divorce lawyer is imperative if you want the process to be smooth. Of course, you’d want to get the best divorce lawyer Singapore. For that, you’d have to do a little bit of research.
Generally, you’ll find three types of lawyers in Singapore:
- Solo Lawyers: They work alone and personally handle your case. Since one person can only handle a certain number of cases, they’ll charge you a bit for consultation, unlike law firms. However, getting a solo lawyer is beneficial if you want a personal touch or don’t want to disclose your matters to a whole team.
- Law Firm: A divorce law firm will have many divorce lawyers on their team. They can handle many cases and will most probably offer free consultations. A possible disadvantage in this regard is that your case might be given to an inexperienced junior lawyer in the firm.
- High-End Lawyer: These lawyers have a strong reputation or are partners in huge law firms. They’ll definitely charge more or ask for an upfront deposit. However, they are the best bet if you’re dealing with a contentious case.
After you’ve decided on the category, the next step is to choose the lawyer. Before you decide, make sure that the lawyer is listed in the directory of practicing lawyers by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore.
Some common methods to select a lawyer based on your research are discussed below:
When Is the Right Time to Consult With a Family Solicitor?
You should consult with a family solicitor as soon as you’ve decided to get a divorce. Besides the legal proceedings, you must also know if you can seek a divorce in Singapore.
Thus, the sooner you get in touch with a solicitor, the better. Be prepared for your first consultation. Ask the necessary questions and share your concerns if there are any.
Some helpful questions to ask are:
- How long will the process take?
- Should I be aware of a time limit?
- Are there any risks? If yes, what are they?
- How will the other party respond to my claims?
- How much will it cost me?
- What can I do to help my case?
Why Choose Divorce Lawyer Singapore?
Understandably, you’d want a good divorce lawyer in Singapore to handle your case. Having served clients all over the country for years, we are confident about the skills and expertise of our team. Here are some reasons to choose us:
- Our team of lawyers has an excellent record in dealing with high-conflict cases.
- We strive to keep the divorce process in Singapore as hassle-free and smooth for you as possible.
- Our lawyers have years of mediation and family court experience to tackle complicated divorce matters.
- We offer an extensive consultation process to take you through the divorce proceedings and inform you about your legal rights.
- We are empathetic towards our clients, considering their concerns and questions. Divorce is a sensitive matter and that’s exactly how we treat it.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the legal grounds for divorce?
The Women’s Charter dictates the legal grounds for divorce in Singapore. According to divorce law in Singapore, the sole ground for divorce is the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of the marriage. Both parties can demonstrate this by proving one of the five factors:
- Separation of the spouses for four years
- Separation of the spouses for three years, as per a spouse’s consent
- Unreasonable behavior, such as violence, threats, abuse, alcoholism, lack of respect, insult, and criticism
- Desertion for two years by a spouse
To get a divorce based on adultery, you need to collect solid proof. For that, hire a Private Investigator. Alternatively, you can file a divorce for unreasonable behavior. If you’re going with the first option, make sure you have the finances to pay an investigator.
Also, beware of the time limit for filing due to adultery. You have six months to file for a divorce after you discover the affair. After that, you’ll have to rely on another reason.
Most people make unreasonable behavior the grounds for divorce. You could file on this basis if your partner was violent towards you during the marriage.
Also, if they have threatened or repeatedly insulted or disrespected you throughout the years, you can make that the grounds for divorce.
Likewise, if a partner has gambled, consumed alcohol compulsively, or overspent money, the other partner can file for divorce.
Am I eligible to seek a divorce?
You are eligible for a divorce process in Singapore if you have proven one of the facts for the legal grounds for divorce. Additionally, your marriage must at least be three years long. If you want to get divorced before the three-year mark, you can request the Court’s permission.
For that, you’ll have to prove ‘exceptional hardship’ during the short course of your marriage.
Can foreigners divorce in Singapore?
Foreigners can only get a divorce in Singapore if at least one of the parties involved is strongly connected to the country. They must either:
- Have a Singaporean domicile
- Or be living in the country for at least three years
If one partner is Singaporean and the other is a foreigner, the marriage can only be dissolved once. Thus, if the foreign court has dissolved the marriage, the marriage contract will be considered null.
In such cases, the foreign courts will decide all matters of the divorce, such as spouse maintenance, child custody, and division of assets.
How long is the divorce?
The length of the divorce process depends on the type of divorce. It only takes a single short hearing to resolve an uncontested divorce. However, a contested divorce can span over several hearings, depending on how complicated your case is.
When can I commence a Divorce?
You can commence a divorce if you are domiciled in Singapore or are a habitual resident for over three years. Also, you must have been married for at least three years.
However, if you don’t fulfill this requirement, you must prove extreme hardship or cruelty to commence a divorce.
How do I start the divorce process?
Firstly, you should talk to your spouse if you can. Discuss the divorce with them and see if you can agree on different terms. If you are close to a settlement, get a good divorce lawyer Singapore to begin the process.
However, if you and your spouse are unable to communicate, don’t worry. You can still get the best divorce lawyer Singapore to resolve the issues.