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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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My Spouse Has Kept Me in The Dark About His (or Her) Assets. What Can I do to Find Out What Assets He (or She) Has?

  Sometimes, in a marriage, one spouse is the sole breadwinner and that spouse keeps to himself (or herself) all information about the assets acquired over the years. Application for documents and information In such a case, the other spouse can apply to court for discovery (documents) and interrogatories (information). A serious limitation However, there is a serious limitation to these applications: The court may direct the spouse to produce the documents and the information. However, the...
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I Have Clear Evidence of My Spouse's Adultery (Sexual Intercourse With A Third Party Of The Opposite Sex). I am Sure to Win The Divorce Case, Correct?

The correct answer is, No, not necessarily. What you need to prove First of all, yes, divorce based on adultery requires proof of: -sexual intercourse. (Just holding hands or having dinner does not count.) -with a third party of the opposite sex. (We are of the view that currently, the law is that sexual intercourse between your spouse and a party of the opposite sex is required.) Secondly, the above is not enough. You have to also show that you find it intolerable to live with your spouse. Also...
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My Spouse Has a Lot of Credit Card Debts, Gambling Debts & Other Debts. Will They be Deducted From The Matrimonial Assets When We Divorce?

When there is a divorce, the court will divide up the parties' matrimonial assets. Before dividing the assets, the court will deduct from: (A) the value of the matrimonial assets, (B) the value of the matrimonial liabilities, in order to determine the net value of all the matrimonial assets. The court will normally not deduct (C) the value of the parties' personal liabilities. Thus, sometimes, the argument in court is whether a liability is (1) a matrimonial liability; or (2) not a matrimonial l...
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What Are The Court's Requirements For An Annulment?

  In the first 3 years of your marriage, you cannot (successfully) apply for a normal divorce. This means that during the first 3 years, -you cannot (successfully) apply for a divorce if your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot be reasonably be expected to live with him or her. -you cannot apply for a divorce if your spouse has deserted your for 2 years. -you cannot apply for a divorce even if your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live with him or he...
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I Have Been Married (ROM) for Less Than 3 Years. Can I Apply For A Divorce?

The Women's Charter does not allow you to (successfully) apply for a normal divorce within the first 3 years of your marriage. This means that in the first 3 years of your marriage, -you cannot (successfully) apply for a divorce if your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot be reasonably be expected to live with him or her. -you cannot apply for a divorce if your spouse has deserted your for 2 years. -you cannot apply for a divorce even if your spouse committed adultery and you find i...
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In a Divorce Case, What is Mediation and What Happens There?

If you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of the divorce, the court will often fix the case for mediation. Mediation is essentially negotiations between the parties with the assistance of a judge (or other judicial officer). Leading up to the mediation, the court will usually direct the parties to exchange copies of documents including: -each party's IRS notices of assessment for the past 3 years. -each party's bank statements for the past 3 to 6 months. -each party's CPF statements showi...
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My Spouse is Agreeable to a Divorce. What Happens in an Uncontested Divorce?

Typically, we will conduct an initial interview to understand your situation better. Then, we will prepare the draft divorce papers for your approval. After you have approved them, they are shown to your spouse for his or her approval. After both of you have approved the divorce papers, the signing copies will be prepared and an appointment fixed for the both of you to attend and sign the papers. When you and your spouse sign, your signatures will be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths. After ...
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My Spouse is Not Agreeable to a Divorce. What Happens in a Contested Divorce?

  Typically, we will conduct an initial interview to understand your situation better. Parenting program If you have any children with your spouse who are below 21 years of age, you will be registered for a parenting program. This program consists of a one-time, 2 to 3-hour session.It will usually not be about how to reconcile with your spouse.Instead, it will normally focus on how the divorce may impact on your child(ren) and how the parties should not use the child(ren) as a pawn(s), etc....
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My Spouse and I Are Going To Divorce. Should I Go To Court or Should I Negotiate With My Spouse?

There are many benefits to a negotiated settlement. Benefits of a settlement The benefits of a settlement (instead of a court battle) may include: -lower risk. You can control the terms that you settle on (since you can decide on what terms to agree to). If you fight the case, you have no control over the terms that the judge decides. -(as mentioned above) having more control over the final outcome. -lower cost. -finishing in a shorter time. Usually, a contested divorce will take more time, mone...
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My Spouse Wants A Divorce and He (or She) Refuses to Go for Counseling. How Can I Save My Marriage?

If your spouse wants a divorce and refuses to go for counseling, this means that the situation is serious and you must take immediate action. What you can do First of all, you should consider going to a see a counselor on your own. This may appear strange.We feel this can be a good idea because even if you went alone, the counselor may still be able to help you by: -introducing an impartial, objective and professional perspective. -identifying the issues and sources of conflict. -suggesting ways...
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What Conditions Must I Satisfy In Order to Get A Divorce In Singapore?

  If two Chinese nationals, all of a sudden, flew into Singapore and applied to the Singapore court for a divorce, will the court accept their application? If you thought that the scenario is very strange and unlikely, you are right. If you also thought that the Singapore court would say, No to the application, you are also right. Must I be a Singapore citizen?Not necessarily, … The Singapore court can accept an application for divorce provided: -at least one of the parties is a Singapore c...
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What Can I Do to Help My Child Through My Divorce?

  A divorce is likely to be a challenging and possibly traumatic experience for your child. It is important to tune in and focus from your child's perspective what he or she is going through. The experience from child's perspective Naturally, your child's age and maturity will have a major impact on how he or she sees things. Your child may feel: -distress, anxiety, conflicting emotions, conflicting loyalties to the parents and/or stress -a deep sense of loss, possibly loss of the parents' ...
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How Soon After My Divorce Can I Re-Marry?

Sometimes, there are persons who want to (or need to) remarry on an urgent basis. And they would have heard that in a divorce, the court will grant an interim judgment before the final judgment. Because of this, they want to know whether they can remarry after getting the interim judgment. The answer is, No, the final judgment is required. Once you have the final judgment in hand, you can immediately apply to the Registry of Marriages ("ROM"). (A gentle reminder: You will have to file a notice o...
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How Can I "Turn Over a New Leaf" To Try and Save My Marriage?

Sometimes, counseling does not work. This could be because your spouse adamantly refuses to go for counseling. This could be because the both of you have tried counseling without success. Often, in counseling, issues are raised and efforts are made to try to resolve them, etc. However, sometimes, despite both parties' best efforts, no resolution is achieved. Turning over a new leaf The common meaning of turning over a new leaf is to: -start to act or behave in a better or more responsible way. H...
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After My Spouse Has Applied For a Divorce Against Me, How Can I still Reconcile With My Spouse?

f your spouse serves a Writ for Divorce on you, this means that she has taken legal action to apply for a divorce from you.This is a serious matter and you should please read our blog post entitled: My Spouse Has Filed For Divorce.I Want to Remain Married.What can I Do about It? How you can try to reconcile with your spouse. There are at least 2 main ways to try to reconcile with your spouse. One way is to go for counseling. The other way is to "turn over a new leaf". In this blog post, we will ...
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My Spouse Has Filed For Divorce. I Want to Remain Married. What can I Do?

Once you receive the Writ for Divorce, you have only 8 days to file a document called the Memorandum of Appearance.If you do not this in time, you may not be allowed to take part in the case and the court may make orders against you. What can you do to remain married? First of all, you should urgently source for a lawyer. Once you receive the Writ for Divorce, this means that your spouse has started a legal case against you. Even Mr Lee Kuan Yew does not fight his own legal cases.He hires a lawy...
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Can I Get a Divorce in Singapore If I Was Married Overseas?

  The answer is: It depends. In order to apply for a divorce from the Singapore court, where you were married is not important. What are the requirement to apply for a divorce from the Singapore court? In order to apply for a divorce from the Singapore court, the following are some of the conditions that must be satisfied (at the time the application for divorce is made): -the husband is a Singapore citizen; -the wife is a Singapore citizen; -the husband has been habitually resident in Sing...
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Do I Need the Marriage Certificate In Order to be Divorced? What If It Is With my Spouse? What If I Have Lost It?

Where both parties agree and cooperate, there is no need for the original marriage certificate. A clear, black and white photocopy of the marriage certificate will be sufficient. Handphone photos of the marriage certificate may be accepted by the court provided the details in them are clear enough.(When the contents are too blur, the court will reject the handphone photo.) Even where the parties are not cooperative, often, the marriage is not disputed and there would be no need to produce the or...
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What is Separation? Can I Separate From My Spouse While Remaining Under the Same Roof?

Separation is one of the basis on which you can apply for a divorce. If both parties agree and cooperate, you can get your divorce based on 3 years of separation. If your spouse is not agreeable, you can get your divorce based on 4 years of separation provided you have sufficient evidence of this. What is separation? Separation usually involves living a separate life from your spouse's life. Naturally, this is often done by living separate and apart from your spouse. For example, one of you may ...
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Will the Judge Interview My Child?

  Even if neither party applied for an interview, the judge may still interview your child. This is done to assist the court decide what is in the child's best interest. Often, it is to help the court come to a determination on the care arrangements for the child. What are the factors the court will consider? When (and even before) interviewing a child, the court will usually take the following into account: -Whether the child is mature enough to express his or her own independent view. -Wh...
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