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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?

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....

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) win a Court of Appeal case on the...

PKWA recognised as one of Singapore's best law firms

PKWA recognised as one of Singapore's 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

What are the grounds for divorce in Singapore? When you file your divorce papers, you will need to establish that you have a legal ground (or complaint) under the Women’s...

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

HDB flat & 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...

Guide to Contested Divorce Process

Guide to Contested Divorce Process

A guide to the contested divorce process in Singapore When you decide to divorce in Singapore, you will have many questions. Do I qualify for divorce? What is my...

Prenuptial Agreements in Singapore

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...

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

What are Letters of Administration and how much do they cost? The Grant of Letters of Administration is a court document granted by the Family Court issued to the person (usually...

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. PKWA Law is one of Singapore's best...

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

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...

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. Still, even while grieving, several things must be done after a loved one’s passing, including hiring a probate...

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?

How does the Family Court decide on spousal and children maintenance? This article will briefly cover three areas regarding an ex-wife’s maintenance: Determining the...

Female Divorce Lawyers

Female Divorce Lawyers

Female Divorce Lawyers in Singapore 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...

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

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

Accessing a Deceased Spouse's Bank Account

Accessing a Deceased Spouse's Bank Account

How do you access your deceased spouse's bank account? At PKWA Probate Law, we provide legal guidance for clients after the death of a loved one. Commonly, family members do not...

Division of Matrimonial Assets

Division of Matrimonial Assets

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

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

What is an Amicable Divorce in Singapore 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...

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

Applying to be a Deputy under Mental Capacity Act We assist clients in applying for a Deputyship order when a family member lacks mental capacity and does not make a Lasting Power...

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

Variation of Family Court orders When making maintenance and custody orders during divorce proceedings, the court will take many factors into account. For example, who will make...

Choosing the best divorce lawyer

Choosing the best divorce lawyer

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

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?

What is the difference between a Deputyship and an LPA? It is important to know the difference between applying for a Deputyship under the Mental Capacity Act and making a Lasting...

Free Divorce Lawyer Consultation

Free Divorce Lawyer Consultation

Free divorce consultation with PKWA Divorce Lawyers If you are considering divorce PKWA Law offers a free first consultation at our office to answer all your questions. This is a...

What is a Matrimonial Asset?

What is a Matrimonial Asset?

When does an asset become a matrimonial asset in divorce? A common question many clients ask is: What about assets acquired by me solely before marriage? Does it become a...

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

What is "unreasonable behaviour" in Singapore divorce? To show unreasonable behaviour, it is not sufficient to say that the parties no longer get along or are not compatible....

How does Marriage or Divorce affect your Will?

How does Marriage or Divorce affect 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?

How is a business divided in a divorce? Before jumping into this topic we should first start by discussing the concept of matrimonial assets. Under the Women’s Charter,...

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

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...

Expat Divorce in Singapore

Expat Divorce in Singapore

Expatriate 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...

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

Resealing of Probate in Singapore 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...

Men's rights under Singapore divorce

Men's 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? Unfortunately, there is a lot of misconception that the man is at a...

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 child's welfare. The concept of ‘welfare’...

Guide to Making a Will

Guide to Making a Will

Guide to making a will in Singapore 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...

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?

How does the Family Court decide which parent gets custody? When parents cannot agree on how they will raise their children after divorce, judges have to decide which parent...

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

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 wonder what will happen to your assets if you die without making a will. This...