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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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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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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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THE TRUTH ABOUT COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE: WHAT IS IT & IS IT SUITABLE FOR YOU?

There is some talk of Collaborative Divorce on the internet but what exactly is this? If you Google for: site:familyjusticecourts.gov.sg "collaborative divorce" you will get: No results found for site:familyjusticecourts.gov.sg "collaborative divorce" . Yet, some say that it is a process which allows the parties to use mediation and negotiation to settle any differences they may have in relation to their divorce. They say both parties MUST hire lawyers. They say that it is less time consuming th...
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YOUR HDB FLAT HAS NOT REACHED MOP. CAN YOU BIND YOUR SPOUSE TO A FIXED 50:50 SHARE IN THE FLAT?

Certain HDB flats are subject to a Minimum Occupation Period before they can be sold. (See here and here .) Because of this, sometimes couples prefer to separate and later divorce only after the MOP has expired (instead of divorcing immediately and surrender the HDB flat at a loss). The parties can sign a Separation Deed that states how they are to divide the flat when the divorce later. But, is this safe? What if your spouse later applies to Court to ask for more than what was agreed in the Sep...
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YOUR WIFE IS APPLYING FOR A DIVORCE AND SHE WANTS THE CHILDREN. WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

First of all, it is important to understand that the Women's Charter does not say that the children must follow the mother. It says that "the paramount consideration shall be the welfare of the child and subject to this, the court shall have regard to" the parents' wishes and (if the child is able to express an independent opinion) the child's wishes. ( Section 125 ) Second, crystal clear cut cases are rare. For example , cases where there is clear evidence that the mother has mental issues and ...
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You have found compromising photos of your spouse with a third party. Does this prove adultery?

First of all, it is important to identify what adultery is.  Adultery is mentioned in the Women's Charter . However, the Women's Charter does not define what adultery is. Because of this, the court is likely to adopt the "usual" meaning of adultery which is, "voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not their spouse." Again, usually, this would mean penetration of some sort. In other words, just holding hands or cuddling with the third party is not "serious"...
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