transferring assets between spouses with clarity and intention in divorce
Transferring assets between spouses with clarity and intention: CLT v CLS and another matter [2021] SGHCF 29

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat could happen to your wealth and assets if your marriage goes south? What if your spouse is instrumental in preserving your wealth? What happens to shares gifted by your father that are now worth S$11.7 million? Would you try to delay the inevitable and dangle the transfer of interest in a property to get […]

The role of culture on divorce, and its impacts on how a divorce proceeding is handled.

Reading Time: 5 minutesDivorce is far from a simple or straightforward matter. The considerations are often multifarious, but one intangible yet omnipresent aspect is none other than culture. From customs to communication methods, culture finds itself underpinning our beliefs, values and decision-making process for significant life events, such as divorce. In this article, we will examine the role […]

SMU Lexicon: Winning but not Winning — Sharing Lottery Winnings In The Event of a Divorce (BOI v BOJ [2019] 2 SLR 114)

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Striking the lottery usually calls for celebration. However, for lottery winners who have not had quite the same fortune in their marriage and are contemplating a divorce, perhaps the celebrations should not start just yet. In the recent decision of BOI v BOJ (“BOI”),[1] the apex court clarified that lottery winnings received during a […]

Know Your Lawyer: Why Sarah-Mae Thomas, Managing Director of Sarah-Mae Thomas LLC, Is Singapore’s Elle Woods

Reading Time: 10 minutesJust three weeks before Part A of the Singapore Bar exams, Sarah-Mae received a note from the Ministry of Law. Her application to be exempted from taking the exams had been rejected. To move back to Singapore to be with her family, Sarah-Mae had written essays, submitted letters of recommendation and sent in her CV […]

The Welfare of the Child is Paramount: How An Adoption Order Passed Without Consent Of Biological Parents

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article was written by Shriveena Naidu and Philippa Hewitt from Withers KhattarWong. The cornerstone of family law in Singapore is that the welfare of the child is paramount.  This was reiterated in the recent decision of Re B [2020] SGFC 46 (“Re B“). In Re B, the Family Court in Singapore made the surprising […]

Michael Loh, Partner of Clifford Law, details the harsh truths and emotional struggles of being a lawyer 

Reading Time: 9 minutesBeing a lawyer may seem glamorous and prestigious, but the life of a lawyer is not all sunshine and rainbows. In this article, Michael Loh, a partner at Clifford Law, shares with us the little known truths and pains of being a lawyer.  Michael has been in practice since 1992. Although he primarily handles family […]

Lawyer Feature: Viviene Sandhu, Partner in Clifford Law, shares how she admires the Obamas, and how she takes pride in mentoring aspiring lawyers.

Reading Time: 5 minutesViviene is an experienced advocate of more than 21 years who has represented clients in all areas of civil litigation, with a primary focus on insurance and family law. Viviene has handled a broad spectrum of cases ranging from simple cases to complex and contentious matters at all levels of the Singapore Court hierarchy. From […]

Lawyer Feature: Sonny Patel, Partner of Expatriate Law (Asia), an English solicitor sets up divorce and family law practice in Singapore for British expats

Reading Time: 5 minutesEnglish law firm Expatriate Law Ltd have announced the formation of their branch office in Singapore, ‘Expatriate Law (Asia) Pte. Ltd’. The branch office is a Foreign Law Practice approved by the Ministry of Law in Singapore and regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority in England.  Expatriate Law (Asia) Pte. Ltd will provide English divorce […]

Is it likely for the Court to order one of the parents in a child relocation application to pay security for costs?

Reading Time: 5 minutesIntroduction An order for security for costs requires a Plaintiff to pay into the Court an amount of money that the Court considers appropriate for the Defendant’s costs of the proceedings. Whilst it is common for a party to take out an application for security for costs in civil proceedings (such as shareholder disputes), it […]

香港:如何避免婚前资产纳入离婚程序?

Reading Time: 1 minutes香港的楼价持续高昂,有能力自置物业组织爱巢的年轻情侣或新婚夫妇并不多,因此近年出现一种现象,就是子女婚后与伴侣跟其中一方的父母同住,或者由父母「资助」子女置业的首期。

在离婚案件中,如何判断婚前资产的真正实益拥有人,往往是个棘手的问题。在YKYM v YMCT [2013] HKEC 487一案中,家事法庭就需要裁断双方在伦敦的婚姻居所究竟是母亲送给儿子和媳妇共同享有结婚礼物,还是只是交由他们以信托形式代她持有。

我能否带孩子离开香港?– 解读香港法庭审理的搬迁案例

Reading Time: 1 minutes香港是国际金融中心,因为工作搬迁到此的情况也是十分常见。父母离异时,其中一方到底能不能带孩子回到本国的家?

如果处理不当,父母带孩子出国甚至可能涉嫌绑架。带孩子搬迁或滞留存在以下不当情况:

违反孩子之前常住国家法律规定的监护权,或
搬迁或滞留时实际上是在行使这些权利,或者搬迁或滞留会导致这些权利无法行使。
因此,如果父母中的一方希望长期带孩子搬离香港,而另一方没有明确表示同意,则需要经过香港法庭的许可。

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