A. This will depend whether you start the divorce or are responding to divorce papers. At Yeo & Associates LLC, we charge S$1,500.00 plus GST and court fees if you start the divorce and S$500 plus GST if you are responding to a divorce.
These figures assume that you both agree to divorce and that there are no disputes about the division of your finances or care for your children. Additional charges may apply if you need help to reach agreement in these things.
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A. Yes. If you have decided to separate, but do not want to consider a divorce for the time being, a Deed of Separation or Deed of Financial Agreement in Contemplation of Divorce is strongly recommended.
Such an agreement sets out what you both agree should happen to the matrimonial home, and all the other assets such as savings and investments, endowment policies and pension funds. This means that there are no ‘loose ends’ which can cause problems later. Also, maintenance for children can be agreed in such a document. The courts can enforce all aspects of a separation agreement if necessary.
A. In the case of an uncontested divorce you will not be required to appear in Court. A court appearance will only normally be necessary if you cannot agree a financial settlement and the case goes to a hearing or if you cannot agree the arrangements for looking after your children.
A. If you have been married for more than three (3) years and can demonstrate grounds for divorce you can start a divorce.
A. If the case is straightforward and you are both in agreement a divorce will normally take between 4 and 6 months. The process of obtaining a divorce is explained in “How to get a divorce”.
A. You can object to the grounds on which a divorce is being sought. This is known as contesting a divorce and is explained in our Contested divorce explained blog post.
It is not uncommon for people to disagree with the reasons for divorce stated on the divorce application, however this rarely results in a fully contested divorce being dealt with in court hearings. It is more common for this to be sorted out in correspondence between the parties and their solicitors. The Parties may seek to amend each other reasons for divorce to both parties’ satisfaction. However, parties should bear in mind that the Family Justice Courts retains the final say in pronouncing a divorce and should the contents be insufficient for the Court to allow the divorce, parties will have to refile the divorce application. To prevent such situation from occurring, speak to one of our specialist divorce lawyers at Yeo & Associates LLC or call 62203400 directly.
A. Unreasonable behaviour is the most common of the facts used for demonstrating a marriage has irretrievably broken down (see Grounds for divorce). It involves giving examples of behaviours that demonstrate the relationship has broken down and you are no longer able to live together. Reasons can be as mild as refusing to spend time together or having no common interests.
A. Not really, although some of the grounds for divorce do rely on a period of separation (see Grounds for divorce). Some people think that if adultery is used as the reason for divorce this somehow influences things like where the children will live or how assets are divided. This is rarely the case.
A. There are a number of things to consider here:
Cost – the person who starts the divorce pays court fees. If you are in agreement about getting a divorce you may choose to share all of the costs involved, therefore this would not be a factor.
Legal jurisdiction – If you or your partner might be able to apply for divorce in another country it could be very important who applies as in some countries the law allows for more favourable settlements or treats the care of children from a marriage differently. This could mean you need to be the one to start the divorce, so that you choose which country’s laws apply. We can offer specialist advice in this area – call 62203400.