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Can you change your child's surname after divorce?

Can you change your child's surname after divorce?

When couples fight over custody of children, mothers sometimes express a wish to change their children’s surname after divorce. This desire is frequently brought about because of...

What is the difference between Grant of Probate & Letter of Administration?

What is the difference between Grant of Probate & Letter of Administration?

You would need to apply to the court for a Grant of Probate if the deceased person had made a Will. On the other hand, if the deceased did not make a valid Will, the family members...

PKWA Helps Husband Win Court of Appeal Case - Husband wins 75% up from 25% of $13.6m

PKWA Helps Husband Win Court of Appeal Case - Husband wins 75% up from 25% of $13.6m

Family lawyers from PKWA Law, led by Senior Associate Director Ms Dorothy Tan and assisted by Ms Tan Rui Fen, have helped a client (the husband) to win a Court of Appeal case on...

PKWA recognised as one of Singapores best law firms

PKWA recognised as one of Singapores best law firms

We are pleased to share that PKWA Law has been recognised as one of Singapore’s top family law firms by the Straits Times in its inaugural Straits Times Singapore’s Best Law...

What is the difference between Divorce and a Deed of Separation?

What is the difference between Divorce and a Deed of Separation?

Divorce is the legal process when you legally end your marriage. Sometimes, a married couple may not want to divorce yet but wish to live separately from each other as a precursor...

Grounds for Divorce Under the Women's Charter

Grounds for Divorce Under the Women's Charter

When you file your divorce papers, you will need to establish that you have a legal ground (or complaint) under the Women’s Charter for divorce. Under Singapore divorce law,...

Can your spouse lock you out of the house?

Can your spouse lock you out of the house?

Question My spouse has forced me out of the home by changing the lock. We own this house together. What are my rights? Can I stop paying the mortgage since I cannot live there...

Potential HDB Challenges In Divorce

Potential HDB Challenges In Divorce

There are several problems you may face when dealing with your HDB Flat after a divorce. This is especially so when the minimum occupation period (“MOP”) for the HDB flat is...

Guide to Contested Divorce Process

Guide to Contested Divorce Process

When you decide to divorce in Singapore, you will have many questions. Do I qualify for divorce? What is my entitlement? What happens to my children, and how are assets...

Prenuptial Agreements in Singapore

Prenuptial Agreements in Singapore

A prenuptial agreement is essentially a contract entered into between spouses before their marriage. This contract is intended to govern what happens if a couple eventually decides...

How to Change Your Name in Singapore

How to Change Your Name in Singapore

It is a common practice for people to change their name in Singapore, and this is done via a legal document known as a deed poll. In this article we'll provide more detail on the...

Letters of Administration

Letters of Administration

Grant of Letters of Administration is a court document granted by the Family Court issued to the person (usually the closest next of kin) who will administer the estate of someone...

Grant of Probate Guide

Grant of Probate Guide

What is a Grant of Probate? When a person passes away, and the deceased person has a valid will, the beneficiaries need the Executor (the person named in the Will) to apply to the...

Declaring Bankruptcy in Singapore

Declaring Bankruptcy in Singapore

What is bankruptcy in Singapore? Bankruptcy might be the first thing you think of when you realize that you can’t keep up with your bills and debts. It might even be the right...

Banks Panel of Lawyers - Conveyancing

Banks Panel of Lawyers - Conveyancing

PKWA Law is on the approved panel of lawyers for all the major banks and financial institutions including DBS, UOB, OCBC, Maybank, CPF Board, etc. PKWA Law is one of Singapore's...

Therapeutic Justice - A new approach to divorce in Singapore

Therapeutic Justice - A new approach to divorce in Singapore

Divorce is understandably one of the most stressful events in any individual’s life. Where there are children to the marriage and assets to be divided between parties, matters...

Guide to Divorce in Singapore

Guide to Divorce in Singapore

Under Singapore divorce law, a divorce is the legal procedure that ends a marriage. When you get your Interim Judgment of Divorce, this is the end of the first stage of your...

Why do Women initiate Divorce more than men?

Why do Women initiate Divorce more than men?

At PKWA Law, we see women asking for divorce more than men. This is not just an anecdotal observation. Statistics also prove that more women than men are likely to ask for a...

5 Tips for Quick Probate Obtainment

5 Tips for Quick Probate Obtainment

The probate lawyers at PKWA Law usually obtain Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration within 4 to 6 weeks. The quicker the Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration...

8 legal requirements when a loved one dies in Singapore

8 legal requirements when a loved one dies in Singapore

The death of a loved one is an emotional and difficult event, but even while grieving, several things must be done after a loved one’s passing, including hiring a probate lawyer...

Preparing for Divorce

Preparing for Divorce

For many people, the prospect of filing for divorce will seem a daunting task. Beyond the emotional toll of the process on all involved, the actual nuts and bolts of untangling...

Interview with Lim Chong Boon

Interview with Lim Chong Boon

28 Sep 2015 – Yuk Lun Chan (Singapore Legal Advice) Mr Lim Chong Boon is an experienced litigation lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in probate, family and divorce...

How does the court decide on the amount of maintenance?

How does the court decide on the amount of maintenance?

This article will briefly cover three areas regarding an ex-wife’s maintenance: Determining the amount Nominal maintenance Variation of maintenance How does the...

Female Divorce Lawyers

Female Divorce Lawyers

At PKWA Law, we sometimes get requests from our clients that they would prefer a female divorce lawyer to represent them. While the gender of your divorce lawyer won’t determine...

Wife Maintenance - how much and how long

Wife Maintenance - how much and how long

The crucial question for the courts to consider in each family’s circumstances is, of course: how much maintenance should be given to the wife and for how long? Is the ex-wife...

Beware these dirty divorce tactics

Beware these dirty divorce tactics

A divorce can, unfortunately, bring out the worst in your spouse. This is because they may be so aggrieved and resort to underhanded or undesirable conduct. If your spouse is bent...

Guide to Uncontested Divorce

Guide to Uncontested Divorce

There are 2 types of divorce in Singapore: Contested Uncontested (sometimes referred to as simplified or amicable divorce) What is a Contested Divorce? When a divorce...

Accessing a Deceased Spouses Bank Account

Accessing a Deceased Spouses Bank Account

At PKWA Probate Law, we provide legal guidance for clients after the death of a loved one. Commonly, family members do not know what they should do during this difficult time. They...

Division of Matrimonial Assets

Division of Matrimonial Assets

How does the Court deal with the division of matrimonial assets in a divorce? Division of matrimonial assets – Recently, our team led by Deputy Head Dorothy Tan won a...

Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney

Many of us understand the importance of creating a will. We want to ensure our children and our estate will be well taken care of after passing away. In addition, we wish to make...

Amicable Divorce

Amicable Divorce

If you are going through a divorce in Singapore, it makes sense to see if you can file for an Uncontested Divorce. In Singapore, the law only requires one spouse to file for a...

Why make a Lasting Power of Attorney

Why make a Lasting Power of Attorney

The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to plan ahead and appoint someone whom you trust (called the donee) to manage your finances and your welfare if you should suddenly...

Drink Driving in Singapore

Drink Driving in Singapore

Drink driving can lead to serious consequences. It can sharply increase the likelihood of accidents and endangers the lives of other road users. As such, Singapore takes a dim view...

Deputyship Application

Deputyship Application

We assist clients in applying for a Deputyship order when a family member lacks mental capacity and does not make a Lasting Power of Attorney. It is desirable to apply for a...

Making a Claim - Small Claims Tribunal

Making a Claim - Small Claims Tribunal

The Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) was set up to facilitate the resolution of claims that may arise between consumers and suppliers. As it is meant to be an affordable and expedient...

Variation of Court Orders

Variation of Court Orders

When making maintenance and custody orders during divorce proceedings, the court will take many factors into account. For example, who will make major life decisions for the...

Choosing the best divorce lawyer

Choosing the best divorce lawyer

Everyone would like to have the best divorce lawyer without paying expensive fees, but where do you find a good divorce lawyer in Singapore and whose fees are reasonable and...

5 Reasons to Hire a Good Probate Lawyer

5 Reasons to Hire a Good Probate Lawyer

If a loved one has just passed away, it is naturally stressful and difficult to understand what to do about the probate process. You will need to get a good probate lawyer to...

Deputyship or Lasting Power of Attorney?

Deputyship or Lasting Power of Attorney?

It is important to know the difference between applying for a Deputyship under the Mental Capacity Act and making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). An LPA is a legal document...

Free Divorce Lawyer Consultation

Free Divorce Lawyer Consultation

If you are considering divorce PKWA Law offers a free first consultation at our office to answer all your questions. This is a no obligation discussion where we can listen to your...

What is a Matrimonial Asset?

What is a Matrimonial Asset?

A common question many clients ask is: What about assets acquired by me solely before marriage? Does it become a matrimonial asset that my spouse can claim? Section 112(10) of...

HDB Power of Attorney

HDB Power of Attorney

If you want to appoint someone to carry out certain legal activities for you, on your behalf, then you will need something called a Power of Attorney (POA). In this article, we...

Unreasonable Behaviour in Divorce

Unreasonable Behaviour in Divorce

To show unreasonable behaviour, it is not sufficient to say that the parties no longer get along or are not compatible. You must show that your spouse has behaved in such a way...

How does Marriage or Divorce effect your Will?

How does Marriage or Divorce effect your Will?

Getting married? Generally speaking, under Singapore law, your previous Will is automatically revoked upon marriage if you get married. This is because you have a new family and...

How is a business divided in a divorce?

How is a business divided in a divorce?

Before jumping into this topic we should first start by discussed the concept of matrimonial assets. Under the Women’s Charter, matrimonial assets include: Assets acquired...

Conveyancing Process in Singapore

Conveyancing Process in Singapore

At PKWA Law, our Real Estate, Property & Conveyancing lawyers act for all types of property transactions in Singapore.  Our firm is widely regarded as a leading Property, Real...

Guide to Child Adoption in Singapore

Guide to Child Adoption in Singapore

Adoption refers to the permanent transfer of all parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to their adoptive parents. In Singapore, adoption is governed...

Expat Divorce in Singapore

Expat Divorce in Singapore

With a large community of foreigners and expatriates in Singapore, it is natural to expect the divorce rate among foreigners to rise here. If you are looking for an expat divorce...

Power of Attorney - Options & Uses

Power of Attorney - Options & Uses

When an individual gives another person the legal power to act on their behalf, this is known as a Power of Attorney (POA). It is a legally binding document. The person giving...

Resealing a Grant of Probate

Resealing a Grant of Probate

If a foreigner passes away in their home country, his next of kin would naturally have probate done in the courts of their home country, but what if the foreigner also has assets...

Mens rights under Singapore divorce

Mens rights under Singapore divorce

What is a husband’s rights in a divorce in Singapore? Is a man at a disadvantage under Singapore divorce law? There is a lot of misconception that the man is at a disadvantage...

Child Custody, Care and Control and Access

Child Custody, Care and Control and Access

The fundamental question that a court asks itself when making a decision affecting a child is whether that decision will promote the welfare of the child. The concept of...

Guide to Making a Will

Guide to Making a Will

The Wills Act governs the making of a Will in Singapore. The Wills Act states that a testator (the person making the Will) may devise, bequeath or dispose of his real or personal...

Filing for Singapore Divorce from Overseas

Filing for Singapore Divorce from Overseas

Singapore is a very global city and its citizens have no lack of opportunities overseas. It is increasingly common for couples who were married in Singapore to move to other...

Child Custody for Fathers in Singapore

Child Custody for Fathers in Singapore

In a divorce, one of the major issues to be determined is the custody, care and control of any minor children of the marriage. A common question is whether the law in this area is...

How will a Judge decide who gets custody?

How will a Judge decide who gets custody?

When parents cannot agree on how they will raise their children after divorce, judges have to decide which parent should have custody, care and control. This is not a good...

What Happens to Your Assets if You Die Without a Will?

What Happens to Your Assets if You Die Without a Will?

This article is useful for you if you are wondering what will happen to your assets if you die without making a will. This article is also relevant if you are entitled to...