The decision to terminate an unhappy marriage through a divorce is never easy. It is usually reached after much time pondering other options and alternatives to the problems developed over the years between couples.
At this point, you may find yourself sensitive, confused, or scared. These are entirely normal feelings under the circumstances. It would be strange if you did not have any of these feelings.
If you have reached this point of no-return, you may be asking yourself:
- Where do I go now?
- I’m confused; what options do I have?
- How will divorce impact my children?
- I want to be sure that I am making the right decisions. How do I move forward?
- Are there any support channels available before and after filing for divorce?
It is a time to make the right informed decisions, and like all things, there are right and wrong ways to go about it. Below are tips to help you go about things correctly:-
Get educated on the divorce process
Go online, research, and familiarise yourself with how the divorce process in Singapore works. There are many decisions that you will have to make during the process of getting a divorce.
Naturally, you will have many questions racing through your head:
- How much is it going to cost for my divorce?
- Who gets custody of the children? How much access to my children will I have?
- How will the marital assets be divided?
- Will I be able to keep the marital home?
- How much maintenance will my children and I be entitled to?
Researching your concerns will give you some guidance before seeing your divorce lawyer.
Identifying your divorce options
Every family is different, and so are the circumstances in every divorce. Below are some avenues available for you to consider:
In general, an uncontested divorce is a type of divorce where spouses agree on all matters about their marriage’s dissolution, such as the division of marital assets and custody of children. This is the cheapest and quickest form of divorce in Singapore.
Mediation for an uncontested divorce
A divorce lawyer trained in mediation can help couples who need assistance in agreeing on their marriage’s dissolution before filing for an uncontested divorce.
4-way Lawyer Negotiations with Parties
Spouses can engage in this process before and after filing for a divorce. Divorcing couples, through their own set of lawyers, sit through a series of “without prejudice” meetings to try and come to an agreement on divorce terms, helping them to avoid costly litigation.
Court Litigation Process
This process comes into play when all mediation attempts fail, or parties are acrimonious, thus unable to agree on the termination of the marriage and ancillary issues. There are two stages to the divorce proceedings in Singapore; Divorce & Ancillary matters.
Collaborative Divorce (CFP) is a voluntary, client-cantered process, whereby each party engages its own Singapore Dispute Resolution Centre-accredited lawyers. The latter work together towards achieving an amicable result for their clients. The collaborative process is most suitable, where there are substantial assets and issues involved.
Strategic planning and understanding of your legal rights are essential. Our specialist family lawyers at Gloria James-Civetta & Co can effectively advise you on the divorce process, the applicable laws, and what immediate steps you need to take.
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