A couple may decide to separate but not immediately feel the need to get a divorce. This does not mean, however that they should not take legal advice and put their separation on a legal footing. Not doing so can lead to quarrels over household bills, possessions, how best to deal with joint assets and the best arrangements for any children involved. Whilst a couple may part as ‘friends’ initially and feel that they can trust each other, doubts and problems can arise as time passes, circumstances change or new partners come into their lives.
A separation agreement, also known as a Deed of Separation in Singapore, records who is to have what and what the parties’ responsibilities are. The purpose of the deed is for both parties to come to an agreement on how they would like their assets dealt with in any future divorce proceedings and could therefore avoid the cost and inconvenience of court proceedings at a later stage.
Before preparing a separation agreement, each party must produce full and frank financial disclosure, with documentary evidence of their assets and liabilities. This information is exchanged and a discussion takes place between the parties so that an explicit separation agreement can be drawn up.
A couple may be able to agree the division of assets between themselves and ask a divorce lawyer to write up the agreement by preparing the Deed of Separation.
If the couple are not able to agree they may each appoint a family lawyer to advise them.
Yeo & Associates LLC can help in drawing up a separation agreement and provide advice on the terms of such agreements. Call 62203400 to arrange a telephone appointment with one of our family law experts.
A. Yes. There is no legal requirement whatsoever to divorce unless you wish to, unless of course you want to remarry. Of course, you should get advice from your divorce solicitor as separating can have significant financial implications on issues such as care of children, protecting your home ownership rights and pensions.
A. Yes. It is important to agree issues with regard to your children, for example who claims any tax or other benefits; who the children live with, what support should be paid and so on. Also do make sure you get proper advice on financial issues such as the effects of separation on house shares, the pension position – some pensions pay out on death but not if separated (it’s much more complex than this short answer) – and ensuring you do nothing to prevent your fair financial settlement. Speak to your lawyer about the benefits of mediation to help you resolve these issues.