Ancillary Matters: Child Custody, Care & Control, Access of Children

This article will only apply to parties with children under 21 years old. The Court has repeatedly placed emphasis on the best interests of the welfare of the children. The children’s welfare is measured in terms monetary and physical comfort with the parent, the ties of affection with the parent, and the children’s moral and […]

Ancillary Matters: Maintenance for Wife

Under Section 113 of the Women’s Charter, the former Wife is entitled to get maintenance in the case of a divorce. In assessing how much maintenance the former Wife is entitled to, the Court will take into account all facts and circumstances of each case. The following factors are considered:   The length of the […]

The Divorce Process: 2nd Step

The divorce process involves a 2-step process. The termination of the marriage. Parties will receive an Interim Judgment once the divorce is granted The issue of ancillary matters. This comprises of the following issues: (a) Custody, care and control of children (if any); (b) Maintenance for children (if any); (c) Maintenance for spouse; (d) Division […]

The Divorce Process: 1st Step

The divorce process involves a 2-step process. The termination of the marriage. Parties will receive an Interim Judgment once the divorce is granted. The issue of ancillary matters. This comprises of the following issues: (a) Custody, care and control of children (if any); (b) Maintenance for children (if any); (c) Maintenance for spouse; (d) Division […]

Overview of Divorce

Step 1 – Ensure you qualify for divorce under Singapore local law Your divorce qualifies under Singapore law, only if you are: A Singapore Citizen or PR, or is domiciled in Singapore, or have lived in Singapore for the past 3 years; Married for at least 3 years.   Step 2 – Grounds of divorce […]

Defining Matrimonial Assets

The Court has granted the interim divorce – now you’re left to wondering, how would your Matrimonial Assets be divided among the parties during the ancillary hearings? The distribution of matrimonial assets is left to the discretion of the court – meaning the Courts have the ultimate say – yet there can be uncommon exceptions. […]

Child Abduction in Singapore

International child abduction To many, International Child Abduction may sound exotic and alien in safe and sunny Singapore. This is not quite true   Expatriate and Cross Nationality Marriages Given the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore and the increasing number of expatriates who have come here to live and work, international child abduction in Singapore is […]

Commencing Divorce Proceedings in Singapore

There may come a time when divorce is the only option. There are a multitude of considerations before you file for a divorce. This article deals with the documentation that you require to commence a divorce in Singapore.   To commence divorce proceedings, you must file the following documents in Court:   (1) Writ for […]

Income Tax on the Sale of Properties Intendedly Purchased as Family Homes

Earlier this year, Channel News Asia reported that 59,000 people in Singapore owned two private properties in Singapore, while 20,000 people owned between three and ten private properties. From a wealth planning perspective, one should naturally consider the tax implications associated with the re-sale of such properties. This legal update discusses the recent case of BQY […]

The Fundamentals of Commencing a Divorce in Singapore

There is actually only one ground of divorce in Singapore; the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage which is to be found in Section 95 of the Women’s Charter. To prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, you must be able to prove to the Court one of the 5 facts provided for in Section […]