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Singapore Divorce Lawyer - Lam & Co Blog

For most people, divorce is a rare and scary thing. You simply do not have any previous experience with it and there are many horror stories you have heard from your friends. Lam & Co.'s expert divorce lawyers are focused on sharing information with you to assist you as much as possible in making painless and correct decisions.
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The Proposed Parent Plan. What is it?

  When you have children and you apply for a divorce, you may have to file a Proposed Parenting Plan. What is a proposed parenting plan ("PPP")? This is a document which you may need to file when filing a divorce that give the court the information needed to understand what you are proposing to do with the children. Typically, the PPP will include information like: -the child(ren)'s usual details such as name, birth certificate or other ID number and date of birth. -what the current care ar...
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You Got Evidence that Your Spouse Has Been Sending Sexual Messages to a Third Party. Should You Apply for a Divorce Based on Adultery?

​ The short answer is, Generally, no. You should consider applying based on "unreasonable behaviour" and "inappropriate association".  What is adultery?  Adultery is voluntarily having sexual intercourse including sexual penetration with a third party.  For the purposes of divorce, this is what the court requires proof of. This is usually very difficult to prove.  For example, your spouse may explain away sexual messages as "friendly banter" or "joking between normal friends"...
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Custody Orders: How Many Types are There?

  A custody order is about the right to make the more important, longer-term decisions concerning the upbringing and welfare of a child.  This may include:  - the type of education the child is to undergo as this concerns the more important and long-term aspects of a child's upbringing.  - (depending on the importance of this decision to the child's education), the particular school. - choice of schools, tutors or healthcare.  - decisions pertaining to religion, educatio...
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Sole Custody & Joint Custody: What is the Difference?

​ Many people confuse custody of children with care and control. Thus, when they mean that they want the children to live with them after the divorce, they say that they want sole custody of the children.  This is not correct. What the court has said  The court has said: a "custody order" only gives the parent the residual right to decide on long-term matters affecting the child's welfare. For instance, the right to decide on the type of education resides with the parent(s) with custod...
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Pre-Nuptial Agreements: What Are They & Do They Work?

Pre-Nuptial agreements are agreements between persons who are about to get married. These agreements often try to provide for, in the case of a divorce, how the parties assets are to be divided, how much maintenance is to be paid, what the arrangements will be for the children (if any), etc. Do they work? As all good lawyers will say, It depends. First of all, pre-nuptial agreements are not treated like normal, arm-length commercial transactions between strangers. Instead, wh...
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PPO (Personal Protection Order): What Happens After the Summons is Issued?

The court may grant you a PPO if there is sufficient evidence that: - "family violence" has been committed (or is likely to be committed) against a family member; and - that it is necessary for the protection of the family member. After you file an application for PPO, the court will issue a summons against the Respondent (the person said to have committed (or is likely to commit) family violence). Summons The summons will expressly state the date and time for the first mention&nb...
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How Do You Apply for a PPO (Personal Protection Order)?

The court may grant you a PPO if there is sufficient evidence that: - "family violence" has been committed (or is likely to be committed) against a family member; and - that it is necessary for the protection of the family member. Who can apply You can apply for a PPO for yourself and/or your minor children if: - you are above 21 years of age; or - you are below 21 years of age but you are married (or you have been married before). If you are incapacitated, your guardian, your relative...
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My Husband Kept Threatening (or Harassing) Me but He Never Touched Me. Can I apply for a PPO (Personal Protection Order)?

Quite a lot of people are aware that they can apply for a PPO (Personal Protection Order) if their spouse beat them up. However, can you apply for a PPO if your spouse only keeps threatening (or harassing) you? What if he or she never touches you? Women's Charter The Women's Charter says the court may issue a PPO if there is sufficient evidence that: - "family violence" has been committed (or is likely to be committed) against a family member; and - that it is necessary for t...
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What Does a Consent Divorce (a.k.a. Uncontested Divorce) Involve?

  A consent divorce is usually where: - both parties agree on all the terms of the divorce and - cooperate fully throughout the divorce process. This is also known as an uncontested divorce. (This is different from cases where the parties do not agree which are known as contested divorces cases.) Broad overview of a consent divorce Often, the parties would have also agreed on all the terms of the divorce. In that case, the cheapest, fastest and most effective process will be via S...
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Your Spouse Agrees to Divorce. Can You Divorce Without Saying Any Bad Things About Him or Her?

  In Singapore, there is no such thing as a divorce for no reason. Even if both parties agree and cooperate fully from beginning to the end of the divorce case, there must be a reason (or a ground or a basis) for the divorce Not only that, the reason for the divorce must be one of the following: - 3-year separation and the other side agrees to the divorce. - 4-year separation. - unreasonable behaviour. - adultery. - 2-year desertion. (This means abandoning the home and refusing to...
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How Should You Go About Choosing a Divorce Lawyer?

Divorce proceedings can be very stressful and the lawyer you choose can  make a big difference to the process as well as the outcome. How should you go about choosing a divorce lawyer? What should you look out for? What to look out for When choosing your lawyer, look out for whether or not he (or she): listens to you, your questions, your concerns and your fears and where appropriate, provide reassurances. answers your questions, gives you sufficient background to understand the situation. ...
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In a Divorce, How Does the Court Divide the Matrimonial Assets?

In a divorce, often, an important question is how the matrimonial assets are divided between the parties. How exactly does the court go about deciding how to divide the matrimonial assets? Broad brush approach The court will adopt a broad brush approach. This means that the court will not spend a lot of time trying to find out exactly how much was spent by each of the parties over the years of their marriage. Structured approach Instead, the court will adopt the structured ap...
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In a Divorce, the Court will Divide the Matrimonial Assets. What are Considered Matrimonial Assets?

In a divorce, often, an important question is how the matrimonial assets are divided between the parties. What exactly are the matrimonial assets? Are they limited to just the  matrimonial home that is in both parties' names? Or, are they limited  to the matrimonial home, regardless of whether owned by both parties or  just one of the parties? Do matrimonial assets extend beyond the  matrimonial home? Do they include funds in one parties' bank account  that he or sh...
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If You Are an Expat in Singapore, Can You Apply For a Divorce Here?

If 2 Singaporeans who are married to each other and later agree and cooperate to divorce, of course, they can apply for a divorce in Singapore -- even if they were married abroad. One Singaporean and the other Expat: Can they apply for a divorce in Singapore? But, what if one of them is not a Singaporean citizen, can they still apply for a divorce in Singapore? The short answer is: Yes, they can. The Singapore court can accept the case provided at least one of the partie...
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What Can You Do To Find Out About Your Spouse's Assets?

Sometimes, during the marriage, your spouse may not tell you anything  about his or her assets. In such a situation, how can you get the court to divide the matrimonial assets fairly if you not know what assets your spouse has? Discovery & Interrogatories You can apply to court for discovery and interrogatories. In discovery, the judge may order your spouse to produce documents that are relevant to the case. These may include: - both parties' IRAS Notices of Assessment for thr...
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How You Can Apply for a Divorce Without Evidence of Adultery.

Even if you have been married for more than 3 years, the court still  requires a reason for your divorce. In Singapore, there is no such thing as "no reason" divorce. In other  words, when you apply for a divorce, you must state a reason and it must  be one of the following reasons: - 3-year separation and the other side agrees to the divorce. - 4-year separation. - unreasonable behaviour. - adultery. - 2-year desertion. (This means abandoning the home and refusing to come home fo...
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You Got some Evidence that He / She has Committed Adultery. Should you Apply for A Divorce based on His / Her Adultery?

Sometimes the person applying for a divorce has some evidence that the  other party has committed adultery. The applicant then wants to use  this evidence in the case. Is it a good idea to apply for a divorce based on adultery? What is Adultery, exactly? In Singapore, it is important to note that the following is not  necessarily adultery: - an improper association with a third party. - holding hands with a third party. - inappropriate messages to and from a third party. - going o...
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If You Apply for A Divorce based on His / Her Adultery, Will You Get More of the Assets / Maintenance?

In Singapore, you cannot apply for a "no reason" divorce. In other words, when you apply for a divorce, you must state a reason. Actually, you must choose one of the following reasons: - 3-year separation and the other side agrees to the divorce. - 4-year separation. - unreasonable behaviour. - adultery. - 2-year desertion. (This means abandoning the home and refusing to  come home for at least 2 years.) What does The Law Say? The law in Singapore includes the Women's Charter, the Rule...
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Will the Judge split up Your Children?

Divorce can be a traumatic experience. There is already a lot to worry  about. Do you also have to worry about the judge order your children to live apart after the divorce? What is The Law The law is that when the judge decides on the children's arrangements, the children's welfare must be the most important factor. (The Women's Charter calls it the "paramount consideration".) There is no law that says the judge should not split up the children. However, the judge would usua...
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How You Can Increase Your Chances of Claiming the Children in a Divorce

When deciding on who should get the children (to live with him or her) after the divorce, the judge will treat the children's welfare as the "paramount consideration" (ie, most important factor). However, these words (like children's welfare, paramount consideration, most important factor, etc.) do not indicate what the judge will take into account when making this decision. Primary Caregiver When deciding on who should get the children after the divorce, the judge ...
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