Sham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties
Marriage,Personal

Reading Time: 3 minutesSham Marriages in Singapore – Illegal and Carry Heavy Penalties What does a sham marriage mean? Between March and July 2017, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) uncovered one of the largest sham marriages to date. Some 17 syndicate members were arrested and 12 of which were convicted. A sham marriage, which is legally referred […]

Australia: Dividing Marital Assets in a Divorce – how it works
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 6 minutesCouples who have been in a genuine de facto relationship for at least 2 years, or couples who have been married, can apply to the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court to have financial matters between them decided following the breakdown of their marriage. Couples who separate and who are unable to agree on […]

Can you apply for maintenance orders while still in a legal matrimonial relationship?
Divorce and Child Custody,Marriage,Personal

Reading Time: 3 minutesA common misconception that many have is that maintenance orders may only be made following divorce proceedings. However, did you know that you may apply for a maintenance order while still in a subsisting marriage? The table below summarises whom may apply for reasonable maintenance under Section 69 of the Women’s Charter. Maintenance for Applicant […]

Divorce Mediation in Singapore
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 7 minutesWe’ve all seen movies or heard stories about bad divorces where the divorcing parties are enraged with each other, arguing furiously over the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance and child custody amongst many things. Going through a divorce can be a very painful and sometimes, cruel process for all parties involved. There can also be […]

Cross Borders Series: Divorce Proceedings in Singapore as a Foreigner (Part 2 out of 2)
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat are some of the concerns you might have when it comes to cross border divorce? In a final part of the two part series, the practical concerns regarding where to divorce if you or your spouse is a foreigner are addressed. What If My Spouse and I Do Not Agree on the Place to […]

Cross Borders Series: Divorce Proceedings in Singapore as a Foreigner (Part 1 out of 2)
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal,Regional Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesCan you get divorced in Singapore as a foreigner? What are the implications and the practical considerations you will need to consider? All these concerns and more will be addressed. In 2015, it was reported that 1 in 3 marriages in Singapore (or 36%) is between a Singaporean and a foreigner. In absolute numbers in […]

Varying Spousal Maintenance Orders in Singapore
Divorce and Child Custody,Legal Updates,Marriage

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou have an existing maintenance order against your spouse/ex-spouse. Your financial situation has changed. You would now like to change by increasing amount of money you receive. How do you go about doing this? Maintenance orders are orders made by the court to mandate the payment of maintenance between the married/divorced couple. Unlike the division […]

Having Child Custody Issues Across the Border?
Divorce and Child Custody

Reading Time: 8 minutesSingapore is an extremely diverse country with people from all over the world living and working here. With slightly over half the current population actually being born in Singapore, it’s not surprising that 2 in every 5 marriages registered in Singapore in 2008 were between Singaporeans and foreigners. No statistics are available on the number […]

What happens if my ex-spouse does not give me access to my child?
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 4 minutesBackground We know that going through a divorce can be difficult, especially when it presents a whole new host of legal issues and terms you may be unfamiliar with. When there are children involved, you might be worried about issues of custody, care and control and access. These issues are increasing, given that divorce numbers […]

Is maintenance for wives still necessary?
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal,Regional Law

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 […]

Women’s Charter: A Practical Guide Part 3
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat’s in this guide? In the first two parts of our guide to the Women’s Charter, we discussed the rights and obligations of husband and wife, and divorce proceedings in Singapore. In this final chapter, we will discuss one of the major entitlements created by the Women’s Charter: maintenance. What is Maintenance? Maintenance means the […]

Women’s Charter: A Practical Guide Part 2
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]