Family & Matrimonial Law Matters

Our services in respect of Family Law Matters include:

  • Comprehensive and personalized legal advice on divorce, separation and family law, including the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance of wife and children, custody, care, control and access of children

  • Comprehensive advice on estate management and succession planning including the structuring of trust and other mechanisms for wealth preservation

  • Handling contentious as well as non-contentious probate matters

  • Advising and assisting with the adoption of children

Our scope of work include:

  • Contentious and Non-Contentious Divorces including divorces with cross-jurisdictional issues

  • Ancillary matters in divorce proceedings, including Division of Matrimonial Assets and Maintenance of Wife and Children

  • Enforcement of Ancillary Orders

  • Disputes involving Maintenance

  • Disputes involving Custody, Care and Control of, and Access to Children

  • Annulment of Marriages

  • Deeds of Separation

  • Deeds of Settlement

  • Pre-nuptial Agreements

  • Personal Protection Orders and Domestic Exclusion Orders

  • Registration and Enforcement of Foreign Orders

  • Probates and Letters of Administration

  • Contentious Probates

  • Estate Management and Succession Planning

  • Trusts Structuring

  • Adoption of Children

FAQs for matters relating to divorce proceedings:

Confronted by the breakdown of a marriage, one has to be quickly appraised of one’s legal rights and options before making major decisions which would impact the rest of one’s life. Questions which require due consideration include:–

  • What are the requirements I have to satisfy before I may file for a divorce?

  • What constitutes “adultery”?

  • Under what circumstances would I need to engage a private investigator and how much would that cost?

  • What constitutes “unreasonable behavior”?

  • How do I prove my spouse’s adultery or unreasonable behavior?

  • Does it matter if I admit to adultery or unreasonable behavior? How may that affect my reputation?

  • What is the difference between a “3-year” and a “4-year” separation?

  • How can we be “separated” if neither of us is prepared to move out of the matrimonial home?

  • Can I “get involved” in another relationship during the period of my separation?

  • How do I prove “non-consummation” of my marriage?

  • Does it matter whose “fault” led to the marital breakdown?

  • If I was at fault for the marital breakdown, will my rights to custody and matrimonial property be prejudiced?

  • Is there any difference whether I am the Petitioner or the Respondent?

  • Under what circumstances would there be a “Co-Respondent”?

  • What is the difference between an “uncontested” divorce and a “contested” one?

  • What are the factors taken into consideration by the courts when deciding on custody of children?

  • What constitutes “matrimonial property”?

  • What are my rights and entitlement in respect of my “matrimonial property”?

  • What can or should I do with my matrimonial HDB flat?

  • What are my rights and entitlements in respect of my maintenance?

  • What are my rights in respect of our “joint account”?

  • How long will the divorce proceedings last?

  • How much would legal costs be for an uncontested, and a contested divorce?

  • Can I claim my legal costs from my spouse?

  • Do I need a lawyer? **

** The answer to the last question is “NO” if you know the answers to the other questions! Contrary to the saying, ignorance is not bliss and as another saying goes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Are you wasting precious time in blissful ignorance when you could be taking certain actions to mitigate the situation? Are you worrying about any of the above issues unnecessarily? Information is the key to peace of mind. The earlier you seek legal advice, the more time you and your counsel would have to deal with the problem. Don’t waste precious time–seek legal advice as soon as possible.