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Women’s Charter: A Practical Guide Part 2

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhat’s in this guide? In the first part of our guide to the Women’s Charter, we discussed the history of the Women’s Charter and the rights and obligations of husband and wife. In this second part, we will discuss divorce proceedings as set out in the Women’s Charter. Irretrievable breakdown of marriage as the sole […]

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Women’s Charter: A Practical Guide Part 1

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Story In 60 Seconds This article is the first of a series to examine the Women’s Charter. The Women’s Charter was passed in 1961 to advocate girls’ and women’s rights in Singapore and promote equality in marriage. It codified monogamy as law, established rights and duties between husband and wife in a marriage, and set out penal provisions against […]

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Know your rights – frequently asked questions on maintenance and child custody obligations after a divorce

Reading Time: 3 minutesUnsure about your maintenance and child custody obligations after a divorce? Family mediator and lawyer Rajan Chettiar sets the record straight. Frequently Asked Questions Question 1: Can men request for alimony? Many men feel that Singapore divorce law favours women. But in reality, these laws are based on contributions made by both parties to the […]

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Don’t play the waiting game – why is procrastination common in divorce proceedings

Reading Time: 3 minutesGetting a divorce is a difficult situation to come to terms with, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. A couple going through a divorce normally faces a myriad of emotions – failure, fear, disappointment, anger and unhappiness. Lawyer Rajan Chettiar explains the reasons why procrastination is common in divorce proceedings. It can take a long […]

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A step-by-step checklist to prenuptial agreement in Singapore

Reading Time: 8 minutesDivorce is stressful Divorce is ranked as the second most stressful life event on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, following the death of a spouse and two places before imprisonment and death of a close family member. “Divorce is deceptive. Legally it is a single event, but psychologically it is a chain – sometimes […]

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Proving Adultery in Divorce Under Singapore Law

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe Story In 60 Seconds Adultery is defined as the voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone who is not his/her spouse. Irretrievable breakdown of marriage is the sole ground for divorce in Singapore You can file for divorce on the ground of irretrievable breakdown of marriage (on account of adultery) if your […]

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Getting Started on a Divorce – A Step by Step Guide

Reading Time: 7 minutes“We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it all the same: We marry the wrong person,” writes the author and philosopher Alain de Botton. Married individuals may think that when there is no more love, there is no longer any meaning in staying married. At this stage, many individuals re-channel […]

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Postnuptial Agreement in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesYou may have read about the fancy prenuptial agreements signed by famous Hollywood couples or read about the fallout from the divorce when a couple has no agreement in hand. But did you know about postnuptial agreement? What is it and is it necessary? What is a postnuptial agreement in Singapore? A postnuptial agreement is […]

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Pave the way to an amicable divorce settlement – Tips from a lawyer

Reading Time: 2 minutesContrary to popular belief, there is no clear winner or loser in a divorce – everyone involved loses something. Approximately 80% of divorce cases are settled, but reaching an amicable settlement is another story altogether. Very often, estranged couples approach settlement the wrong way, further complicating the situation. Your ultimate goal should be to reach […]

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Muslim Divorce in Singapore

Reading Time: 8 minutesCivil divorce cases for Non-Muslims are usually heard in the Family Justice Court under the Women’s Charter, but when the case involves Muslims, or where the persons were married under Muslim law, only the Syariah Court of Singapore has the authority to hear and make decisions on Muslim divorce cases under the Administration of Muslim […]