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

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 […]

Matrimonial lawyer’s view on the TSH v TSE case for contest of child custody in England and Singapore
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 11 minutesLawyer Yue-En Chong from Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice shares his personal views on the case of TSH v TSE. *Nothing in this article should be considered or be constituted as legal advice. TSH v TSE M is a 5-year old boy born in London who was brought to Singapore to be cared […]

Know your rights – frequently asked questions on maintenance and child custody obligations after a divorce
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]

Don’t play the waiting game – why is procrastination common in divorce proceedings
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]

A step-by-step checklist to prenuptial agreement in Singapore
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]

Proving Adultery in Divorce Under Singapore Law
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]

Law Firm Feature – Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice – Matrimonial Lawyers with Hearts
Features,Law Firm Features

Reading Time: 2 minutesA quick history of your law firm Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong Law Practice (DCMO) was started in July 2016. Its two founding partners, Dorothy Chai and Mary Ong had been close friends and business collaborators for the past few years. Sometime in 2015, they were inspired to open a joint legal practice that focused […]

Getting Started on a Divorce – A Step by Step Guide
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]

Pave the way to an amicable divorce settlement – Tips from a lawyer
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

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 […]

Ending a marriage that is less than three years
Divorce and Child Custody,Personal

Reading Time: 3 minutesMany reasons why marriages come to an end There are many reasons as to why a marriage comes to an end. According to the Singapore Department of Statistics Report, the top two main reasons for divorces in 2016 are “unreasonable behaviour” (53.5%) and “having lived apart or separated for three years or more” (42.5%). The […]