Singapore Divorce Lawyers with a Reputation for Excellence
Established since 1988, we are one of Singapore’s most established matrimonial law firms.
Established since 1988, we are one of Singapore’s most well known matrimonial law firms, as well as being one of the largest family law firms.
.We have one of the largest teams of specialist divorce lawyers in Singapore. We are consistently regarded as a leading family law firm:
PKWA Law is recognised as a “Leading Singapore Family Law Firm” in 2015,2016, 2017 and 2018 by Doyles Guide to Singapore Family Law Firms.
PKWA shortlisted for “Matrimonial & Family Law Firm of the Year” by Asian Legal Business at ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Awarded “Best Family Law Firm” by Acquisition International 2015 Legal Awards.
Awarded “Family Law Firm of the Year” by Global Law Experts 2017.
2016 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: “Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore 2016”.
Our individual family lawyers have also been recognised as leading family divorce lawyers in Singapore:
Lim Chong Boon and Dorothy Tan are ranked as “Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore” by Doyles Guide to Singapore Family Lawyers 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Dorothy Tan named as one of “Asia’s Top Young Lawyers” by Asian Legal Business. She was also shortlisted for “Woman Lawyer of the Year” by ALB SE Asia Law Awards.
Low Jin Liang and Dorothy Tan listed as Singapore’s “Most Influential Lawyers Under 40” by Singapore Business Review.
Lim Chong Boon is named as a recommended “Family and Civil lawyer” by Global Law Experts 2015.
Lim Chong Boon, Dorothy Tan, Low Jin Liang and Jessica Chow are contributing authors to Lexis Practical Guidance Family Law Module.
You don’t hire a divorce lawyer – you hire a whole team of specialists
We have 2 lawyers and 1 legal executive working on every case we take on. This ensures that you are always well looked after.
Our Divorce Lawyers handle all aspects of your divorce throughout Singapore. Our family and divorce lawyers deal in:
Nullity of marriages.
Division of matrimonial assets.
Maintenance for spouse and children.
Probate & Letters of Administration.
OUR COMMITMENT TO AFFORDABLE DIVORCE FEES
Our fees are fixed.
Our fees are published on this website.
Our fees are one of the most affordable in Singapore.
Preliminary Steps Before Filing for Divorce in Singapore
The divorce lawyers at PKWA Family Law are pure family law specialists. Family law is all we do. As specialists, we offer this outline of the steps you should follow:
1. Are you entitled to file for divorce in Singapore? You will be entitled to file for divorce here (even if you did not marry here) if:
a. one of you is a Singaporean.
b. one of you is a Permanent Resident.
c. you have been living in Singapore for the past 3 years.
d. you have been married for at least 3 years.
2. Establish whether you are filing for divorce based on ‘uncontested divorce’ or ‘contested divorce’.
3. If choosing an ‘uncontested divorce’, we will be able to obtain your Interim Judgment (provisional divorce) within 1 month. You and your spouse are not required to attend court. The process for an uncontested divorce is straightforward, fast and inexpensive.
4. If you are filing for ‘uncontested divorce’, your divorce may take up to one year to be heard. You will need to attend court and mediation sessions.
Steps of the Singapore Divorce Process
1. Commencement of Proceedings: Filing of documents
In divorce proceedings, the person seeking the divorce is known as the ‘Plaintiff’, while his or her spouse is known as the ‘Defendant’. If the Defendant has committed adultery, the third party will be known as the ‘Co-Defendant’. The Plaintiff’s solicitors will have to file the following documents to commence divorce proceedings:
Writ for divorce;
Statement of Claim: to set out the basis for divorce and what the Plaintiff wishes to claim in terms of ancillary matters;
Statement of Particulars: to elaborate on why the marriage has irretrievably broken down;
Proposed or Agreed Matrimonial Property Plan if parties own a HDB flat (Note: Standard Queries Forms must be sent out to HDB and CPF Board before filing the documents to obtain relevant information on parties’ respective contributions to the HDB flat);
Proposed or Agreed Parenting Plan if parties have any children under the age of 21;
Acknowledgement of Service; and
Memorandum of Appearance.
2. Service of documents
After which, the same documents must be served personally on the Defendant or the Defendant’s lawyers through E-Litigation. However, if service on the Defendant fails after two attempts or the Plaintiff is not aware of the Defendant’s exact whereabouts in Singapore, the Plaintiff can apply for substituted with the Court, to notify the Defendant of proceedings via post to the Defendant’s last known address or even newspaper advertisements. The Plaintiff can also apply for dispensation of service, that is, not to serve the documents on the Defendant at all. Substituted or dispensation of service will inevitably prolong proceedings by about several weeks.
3. Entering an appearance
Upon receiving the divorce documents, the Defendant has 8 days to enter an appearance to state if he or she wants to contest the divorce and/or ancillary matters.
4. Divorce Hearing
If the divorce is uncontested, after the Request for Setting Down Action for Trial has been filed, a hearing date will be given by the Court. Parties’ attendances are not usually required at this hearing. An Interim Judgment will be granted thereafter if the Court is satisfied that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
On the other hand, if the divorce is contested, an Assistant Registrar may, at a case conference, direct parties to attend counselling or mediation sessions for them to agree so that the matter need not go to trial. If the matter does go to trial, however, parties have to each file an Affidavit of Evidence-in-Chief stating their position and inform the Court should they wish to call upon any witnesses during the trial.
The Second Stage: Ancillary Matters
Ordinarily, three months after the Interim Judgment has been granted, a document known as the “Final Judgment” is issued, to reflect that the Interim Judgment has been made final. However, this is subject to the completion of the second stage of the matrimonial proceedings. In this ancillary matters stage, the Court will deal with issues which include custody, care and control of any child(ren) to the marriage, matrimonial assets, and maintenance for the wife and the child(ren).
Once again, there may be mediation and counselling sessions that parties have to attend to resolve the outstanding issues. However, if parties are unable to do so during these sessions, their solicitors would have to file various affidavits to disclose parties’ income, expenditure, assets and liabilities and provide submissions so that the Court can decide on these issues at an Ancillary Matters Hearing.
HOW PKWA FAMILY LAW CAN HELP
Please contact us at 6854-5336 if you require our assistance to start or to defend a divorce action.
PKWA Law is conveniently located at East Wing Tower, HDB Hub.