Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Divorce Process in Singapore

The divorce process in Singapore is broken down into two stages.
In stage 1 of the divorce process in Singapore, the family court will decide if the marriage should be terminated because the marriage has broken down irretrievably based on one of the following grounds:[1]
Unreasonable behaviour of the other party
Desertion for a continuous period of 2 years
Separation for 3 years if both parties agree to the divorce
Separation for 4 years if only 1 party agrees to the divorce
Should the court be satisfied that the marriage has indeed broken down irretrievably; it will grant an interim judgment to the parties and deal with the ancillary matters in stage 2 of the Divorce Process in Singapore. These include division of matrimonial assets, custody, care and control of the children of the marriage and maintenance for the wife and children.
Parties will receive a final judgment at the conclusion of stage 2.
Collaborative Family Law Practice
For parties in dispute, going to trial may be inevitable. The litigation process may be a traumatic experience for parties, since they may have to relive their marriage woes in court.  Fighting it out in court, however, is certainly not the only option. One may wish consider a relatively new initiative known as “Collaborative Family Practice”.  The collaborative family practice, as the name suggests, focuses on collaboration. The scheme assists parties in reaching an agreement before the commencement of trial. At present, there are 19 Collaborative Divorce Lawyers under the scheme in Singapore. More information on the collaborative family practice may be found on the Singapore Mediation Centre’s website.

Ms Gloria James is one of those specially trained to take up the appointment.  As a collaborative family lawyer, Ms James has extensive experience in helping troubled couples through the difficult process of divorce. She is also a trained mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

If you need legal representation, kindly contact Gloria James-Civetta & Co here, to get the legal advice you need.

[1] Women’s Charter, S95


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