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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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You are Thinking of a Divorce but Have No Idea How To Go About It. What should You Do?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a marriage can still breakdown. What can you do? How do you go about getting a divorce? First of All, Ask whether There Is Any Future to the Marriage Before giving up on the marriage, you should take some time and think about whether or not there is any future to the marriage. After thinking for some time, you will usually come to one of 3 answers: -Yes, actually, there is a future to the marriage. These are some of the things I can do to save the marriage: A...
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Should You Worry about Your Husband Claiming the Children in a Divorce?

Often, during the marriage, the mother is the one who takes care of the children. She thinks that after a divorce, the father will not be interested in taking over the role of taking care of them. However, sometimes, this thinking is wrong. Some fathers claim care and  control over the children. A mother who goes for a divorce, totally unprepared for the father's claim runs a grave risk of losing the children. Reasons Why more Fathers are Claiming Children There can be many r...
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Does an ex-wife really get half the man's money?

Of the people who've advised me to just marry a rich man instead of slave away to earn money, there have been close friends, superiors at work and even complete strangers here in sunny Singapore. At least half have concluded with a triumphant, "even better, get a divorce and take half his money!" Fortunately or unfortunately, while maintenance payments are often made out to ex-wives, it's a myth that divorce automatically entitles her to half the ex-husband's money. LEGAL REASONS FOR PAYING MAIN...
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Singaporean millennials are divorcing less, but why?

Since 1980, the divorce rate in Singapore has roughly doubled from 3.8 per 1,000 married resident males (or 3.8 per 1,000 married resident females) to 6.9 per 1,000 married resident males in 2017 (or 6.5 per 1,000 married resident females). This trend isn't limited to Singapore: studies have shown that divorce rates have doubled globally between 1970 and 2008. One of the biggest contributors to this change was culture, where individual happiness became more important than "traditional" values. A...
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IN AN ADOPTION, A GIA REPORT IS REQUIRED. WHAT IS IT & WHAT GOES INTO IT: SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER

  Introduction Usually, in every Adoption application to court, the Judge will appoint a Guardian In Adoption ("GIA") and this person will prepare a GIA Report. Who is the GIA? What is the GIA Report? What goes into a GIA Report? Guardian In Adoption The GIA is the person appointed by the Judge to: ensure and safeguard the child's legal interests in the Adoption application before the Court investigate the circumstances surrounding the Adoption; and report his (or her) findings to the Court...
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5 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY MEDICAL REPORT: SINGAPORE DEPUTY LAWYER

Introduction When a relative suffers from mental incapacity, the other family member(s) may have to apply for the Appointment of Deputy in order to manage that relative's property and affairs (and/or personal welfare). To do this, a Medical Report will be required. The following are the most important things to note about that Medical Report. One: Do NOT Prepare the Medical Report BEFORE Hiring Us It is important NOT to get the doctor (or hospital) to prepare the Medical Report BEFORE you engage...
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WHAT DOES THE HOME STUDY REPORT USUALLY COVER? SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER ANSWERS

Introduction All couples who wish to adopt a child have to undergo a Pre-Adoption Briefing. At this briefing, they will be informed whether they have to get a Home Study Report done or whether they are able to apply for a waiver. If a Home Study Report is required, it usually covers the following: Typical Headings The Home Study Report will often have the following (or similar) headings: Identifying Information Motivation to Adopt Background Information Marital Relationship Previous Marriage (if...
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YOU OR YOUR SPOUSE CAN OPERATE THE JOINT ACCOUNT. YOUR MARRIAGE IS NOT STABLE. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Introduction Every month, you put all your salary into a joint account with your spouse. Either one of you can go to the bank & draw out the money. But recently, your relationship has soured. What should you do? Singapore Divorce Lawyer Recommends the following: You should see a lawyer ASAP We recommend you call Lam & Co . as soon as you can at 6535 1800 . We have come across such situations and we are able to help you. Who does the money belong to? Unfortunately, the law on this (as to ...
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I DON'T DO WHAT THE DIVORCE COURT ORDERS. CAN I BE SENT TO PRISON? SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER: YES

If you do not do what the Divorce Court directs you to do (including paying maintenance to your spouse), you can be sent to prison. In the UK case of Hart v Hart , an 83 year old, cancer-striken, property tycoon, Mr Hart, who had a GBP9.375 million fortune, was given 14 months' jail . The court had divided 38%, about GBP3.5 million, to Mrs Hart. As part of that, Mr Hart was also to transfer the shares in a company to her. Mr Hart did effect this transfer. Mr Hart had also undertaken (agreed) to ...
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WHY DID THE UK COURTS REFUSE MRS TINI OWEN'S DIVORCE? SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER COMMENTS

Introduction Mrs Tini Owens applied to the UK courts for a divorce. She testified that her marriage made her feel "unloved, isolated and alone" ( para 83 ). Why did the UK courts refuse her application and leave her "locked into a loveless and desperately unhappy marriage" ( para 83 )? Applicable UK Law First of all, it is vital to understand what the applicable UK law says. On this, the relevant part of UK Law says: for Mrs Owen to get her divorce, she must prove to the Judge's satisfaction tha...
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WILL THE COURT ORDER AN ADVERTISEMENT TO TRY TO FIND THE NATURAL FATHER? ADOPTION LAWYER: IT DEPENDS

If you wish to adopt a child and the Natural Father cannot be found, the Court may order you (and your spouse) to place an advertisement in order to try to locate the Natural Father. In what situations is the Court more likely to order an advertisement? In what situations is the Court less likely to do so? It is best to consider a few possible situations: If the Natural Father did not know about the pregnancy, the Court is likely to want the Natural Father's input before deciding on whether or n...
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MY FRIENDS SAY THEIR DIVORCE TOOK 3 MONTHS? IS THIS CORRECT? SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER: PROBABLY NOT

  All your friends tell you that their divorce took them only 3 months. Is this correct? The truth is: probably not. The accurate picture is as follows: The Women's Charter does not allow the Court to immediately grant you a Final Judgment for Divorce. It requires the Court to initially ("in the first instance") issue you with an Interim Judgment. Not only that, the Women's Charter also prohibits the Court from granting you the Final Judgment " before the expiration of 3 months " from the d...
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Q: CAN I DIVORCE AFTER 3 YRS SEPARATE ROOMS; UNDER ONE ROOF? A: SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER: IT DEPENDS

Under the Women's Charter , you can divorce based on the fact that: the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 3 years immediately preceding the filing of the writ and the defendant consents to a judgment being granted . This is commonly referred to as " 3 year separation". Of course, if the two of you decided to separate and then lived separate and apart from each other, one in China and the other in Germany, in that case, clearly, there is " 3 year separat...
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APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY & APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

Before 1 March 2010, if your relative were become mentally incapable of taking care of his (or her) own affairs, you would apply for the Appointment of a Committee.  From 1 March 2010 onward, in such a situation, you would apply for the Appointment of a Deputy. Although there are some similarities between these two processes, there are a lot more differences and these differences are significant. The differences include the following: Before, there was no public authority specifically put i...
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SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER: HOME STUDY REPORT, WHAT IS IT, HOW MUCH IS IT, WHAT GOES INTO IT

When am I required to get a Home Study Report prepared? You are required to do so if you wish to adopt a foreign-born child or if you wish to adopt a child from the MSF (Ministry of Social & Family Development) Fostering Scheme. Should I get a Home Study Report done before or after I start looking for the child that I wish to adopt? You should get the Home Study Report done before you start looking. You need a favourable Home Study Report before you are allowed to agree to adopt any child fr...
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Q: WHAT IS UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR? WHAT ISN'T? A: DIRECT FROM A SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER

  If you have been married for more than 3 years and you now wish to divorce your spouse, Unreasonable Behaviour is one of the facts that can support your application. But what is Unreasonable Behaviour? First of all, the Women's Charter says: The court hearing any proceedings for divorce shall not hold the marriage to have broken down irretrievably unless the plaintiff satisfies the court of one or more of the following facts: (b) that the defendant has behaved in such a way that the plain...
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APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY: I ALREADY GOT THE MEDICAL REPORT FROM THE DOCTOR. CAN THE COURT REJECT IT?

‚Äč Let's say your relative is suffering from dementia and you have already gotten the doctor to prepare the Medical Report even before you went to see Lam & Co. (that is, before we are able to provide any guidance).  Can the Court reject the Medical Report? The short and sharp answer is: Yes, if certain requirements are not satisfied. For example, the Court will not accept handwritten reports; or Medical Reports that are not in the prescribed form. The Court is also likely to require you...
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CHILD'S BIRTH CERT DOES NOT HAVE FATHER'S NAME. CAN I ADOPT THE CHILD WITHOUT THE FATHER'S CONSENT?

You wish to adopt a child. The child's Birth Certificate does not show the natural father's name. In the spaces for the natural father's name, NRIC number, race, everything, there are only dashes ("-"). The question is whether you can apply to Court to adopt the child without the natural father's Consent. The answer is: It depends. First of all, even though the child's Birth Certificate does not show any of the natural father's details, the Judge is not foolish and the Judge knows that every chi...
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Q: WE FULLY AGREE TO THE DIVORCE, WILL THE COURT GRANT IT? A: SINGAPORE DIVORCE LAWYER: IT DEPENDS

So the question is: If I and my spouse agree fully and cooperate completely in applying for our divorce, will the Judge definitely grant the divorce order? The answer is: Not necessarily. It depends. First of all, even if the both of you agree and cooperate 100 per cent , the Judge has his (or her) own conditions (as imposed by Singapore law ). If the conditions are not satisfied, then even if the both of you agree and cooperate fully, your application for divorce will definitely fail. Second, i...
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5 SIMPLE STEPS TO GET AN APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY

First, understand what an Appointment of Deputy is. When someone is mentally capable of handling his (or her) own affairs, that person can buy or sell or give away his or her assets as he or she wishes. There is a problem once that person is unable to decide matters concerning his (or her) own personal welfare and property and affairs because his (or her) mind or brain is not working properly. The bank, the HDB, etc., cannot follow the instructions of such a person. (In the Court documents, this...
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