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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.

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:

you will get: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 than court litigation divorces.
  • They say the process is shorter.
  • They say it is less stressful.
  • They say it is less costly.

But as you see from the above Google search, the Court's website does not refer to "Collaborative Divorce" as such. However, they do have a process known as "Collaborative Family Process", "CFP" for short. 

The Collaborative Family Process is the result of the Family Justice Courts (FJC) and Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC)'s collaboration to allow early interventions to help couples resolve matters amicably even before going to court. 

It is one more option for couples to resolve any family disputes amicably before filing the divorce papers.
It is important to note that the Collaborative Family Process has a unique feature, that is, CFP lawyers involved in the negotiations cannot represent their clients in future litigation if a settlement is not reached. This usually means that their clients will have to look for other lawyers to take over their cases -- if a settlement is not reached.

The truth is:

  • the Collaborative Family Process may or may not be suitable for you.
  • this process may or may not less time consuming than court litigation divorces.
  • this process may or may not be less stressful.
  • this process may or may not be less costly.

It is not true that the process will always be one way only or the other way only. It depends on your situation and Lam & Co. can advise you now. Just all us at 6535 1800.

Not only that, we can also advise you on ways to incentivize your spouse to respond in a reasonable way to your proposals. This will help reduce the time, stress and cost of getting your divorce.

Further accurate information on the Collaborative Family Process include the following:
  • Before any court action is taken, CFP is an interest-based approach to negotiations dealing with matrimonial disputes.
  • The couple enter into an agreement to try to settle matters through good faith negotiations.
  • Where the couple is able to agree on everything between them, they can apply for a divorce through a simplified divorce process.
  • SMC has a panel of CFP lawyers to support the process.
  • All CFP lawyers are required to have undergone a collaborative family law programme. This is a programme conducted by SMC and supported by the FJC.
  • SMC also have a Family Panel of mediators.
  • The Family Panel of mediators would have undergone a training accreditation programme designed by SMC and the FJC

If you have any questions or require advice on how to resolve matters with your spouse, call Lam & Co. now at 6535 1800.


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