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 […]

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 […]