Free Legal Clinics in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Story In 60 Seconds Contrary to popular belief that there are no sources for legal assistance for the needy, there are actually avenues for legal assistance. One key element in this support is a free legal clinic, where you may have a brief consultation with a lawyer for little or no cost. With the […]

Adoption in Singapore: How does it work?

Reading Time: 7 minutesAdoption provides an avenue for people to raise and nurture a child to adulthood. Every year, about 300 to 400 adoption applications are filed. However, the numbers have been dwindling recently. This could be due to the administrative processes that some people may find tedious or complicated. Therefore, I will be simplifying Singapore’s adoption law […]

Lawyer Feature-Sharanjit Kaur from Withers KhattarWong

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this piece, we feature Sharanjit Kaur, partner in the divorce and family team at Withers KhattarWong. Sharanjit has been practising for 21 years and her practice areas are family and insurance. She specialises in Family Law and assists clients in all areas of matrimonial law including property settlement, spousal maintenance, parenting matters, child support […]

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Is maintenance for wives still necessary?

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhen people hear the term “maintenance” being used in the family law context, their first instinct would be to associate it with children or women. This is unsurprising given that women were historically perceived to be financially dependent on their spouses, and hence greater protection needed to be accorded as they were the more vulnerable […]

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Prenups – the next big thing in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesContrary to popular belief, marital agreements are not as uncommon or far-fetched as they may seem to be. But what are nuptial agreements? Why are they getting increasingly popular? Pre-nuptial agreements The days leading up to the big day are passing in a rush. Amidst all the ordering of flowers and fussing over choices of […]

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FAQ on Divorce Proceedings in Singapore – Asset Division (Part 3)

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn this 3-part series, we take a look at some of the frequently asked questions that we hear from our readers and answered by matrimonial lawyers, Dorothy Chai and Chong Yue-En from Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice. In the last part of this series, the lawyers answer questions relating to assets and maintenance.  Read the first 2 parts […]

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FAQ on Divorce Proceedings in Singapore (Part 2)

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this 3-part series, we take a look at some of the frequently asked questions that we hear from our readers and answered by matrimonial lawyers, Dorothy Chai and Chong Yue-En from Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice. In part 2 of this series, the lawyers answer questions relating to custody and care and […]

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Women’s Charter: Personal Protection Order

Reading Time: 9 minutesMany people have heard of the term “Personal Protection Order”. However, few know what exactly a Personal Protection Order (PPO) entails, and how to obtain one. Nonetheless, there were 2,811 fresh PPO applications in Singapore in 2016, and 2,885 in 2015. Read on to find out more about what a PPO is, and how to […]

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Unreasonable Behaviour in Divorce Under Singapore Law

Reading Time: 9 minutesUnreasonable Behaviour, it seems, is the basis frequently cited by women when applying for a divorce According to the Department of Statistics Singapore, out of the 3,437 divorce proceedings filed under the Women’s Charter in 2016 where the plaintiff was a woman, 58.6 per cent of the filings cited “unreasonable behaviour” as the key reason […]

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Separation in Divorce

Reading Time: 5 minutesSeparation is the biggest reason cited by men when filing for divorce According to the Department of Statistics Singapore, out of the 2,068 filings for divorce under the Women’s Charter in 2016 where the plaintiff was a man, 49.2 per cent of the filings cited “lived apart or separated for three years or more” as […]

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FAQ on Divorce Proceedings in Singapore (Part 1)

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn this 3-part series, we take a look at some of the frequently asked questions that we hear from our readers and answered by matrimonial lawyers, Dorothy Chai and Chong Yue-En from Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice. In part 1 of this series, we will be looking at divorce proceedings. Divorce proceedings Question […]

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Ancillary Matters (Part 1) – We are the world, we are the children: child rights issues in divorce

Reading Time: 7 minutesDivorce happens frequently in Singapore due to a host of reasons: quarrels, adultery, separation, desertion, unreasonable behaviour, domestic violence etc. This article aims to help parties understand their rights concerning the ancillary matters that need to be resolved when a divorce occurs. Ancillary matters (“Ancillary Matters”) include the following: Child custody, care and control, access […]