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UNCONTESTED DIVORCE FIXED FEES by PKWA LAW

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Our Uncontested Divorce Fees –  One of the Most Affordable Fees in Singapore:

$1,500 all in

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WHY CLIENTS CHOOSE US .

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  • Affordable, fixed fees –  Our fees are among the most affordable in Singapore.  If your divorce is uncontested, our fees are priced clearly at $1,500 or $2,500 depending on your situation. Our fees are listed clearly on this page and we guarantee this price.  With our Fixed Fee Divorce Packages, you get peace of mind as you will know exactly how much you are paying.
  • Excellent Reviews – We get very good reviews from our client.  Read some of our clients’ reviews at Client Testimonials.
  • We handle everything – from instruction to conclusion of the divorce.
  • One of Singapore’s largest family law firms – A divorce is probably one of the biggest life issues you have to face.  Get peace of mind when you use an established and reputable family law firm.
  • Proper legal advice – our lawyers will advise you whether your divorce settlement is fair. We will also structure the settlement for you.
  • Quick & professional –  We will be able to get you the divorce (Interim Judgment plus all the settlement terms) within 3 to 4 weeks, with the Final Judgment to follow 3 months after that.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

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Call us at 6854-5336 for a free 1st consultation.  We will advise you whether you qualify for an Uncontested Divorce. .

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Probate & Probate Fees – Everything You Need to Know

SINGAPORE PROBATE LAWYERS – Probate & Probate Fees – Everything You Need to Know

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WHAT IS PROBATE?

Probate is an official recognition by the Singapore Family Justice Court that a deceased’s Will is legally valid, and the Executor has been granted authority to administer the deceased’s estate.

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Do I need probate?

In almost all cases – yes. You will need a Grant of Probate as most deceased persons will leave behind assets, including bank accounts.

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Who can apply for probate?

The executor of a Will is the person entitled to apply to the court a grant of probate. The Executor of a Will is the person named by the deceased to administer his Will.

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How do I apply for Probate in Singapore?

To obtain Grant of Probate in Singapore, you need to file the necessary papers at the Singapore Family Justice Court.

At PKWA LAW, we normally are able to obtain Grant of Probate in about 1 month for straightforward applications.

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What are the fees for Grant of Probate?

PKWA LAW is one of the best known and largest family and probate law firms in Singapore. We have been helping clients obtain probate for 3 decades.

Our probate fees are among the cheapest and lowest because of economies of scale. Our fees are as follows:

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What is the Executor’s role?

The executor “stands in the shoes” of the person who has died and looks after their estate for the deceased person. The executor’s role varies with the type of estate of course, but in general the executor:

  • Finds out details of assets and debts
  • Engages a probate lawyer to apply to court for Grant of Probate
  • Collects the deceased person’s assets
  • Pays any outstanding taxes and debts, and then
  • Distributes the estate to the beneficiaries named in the Will.

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When do the beneficiaries get their inheritance?

Once the executor obtains a grant of Probate, the assets must first be collected before any payment from the estate is made. Funeral, testamentary and administration expenses have priority over all other payments.

Once this has occurred, the executor may pay the debts of the estate.

When all debts have been paid the executor may then distribute the remaining assets amongst the beneficiaries according to the Will.

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If there is no Will

If there is no will, the estate has to be handled by an “administrator” rather than an executor. The administrator applies for “Letters of Administration” instead of probate. The person who is administering the Letters of Administration does the same job as the Executor in probate. The administrator thus gathers the assets and distribute them to beneficiaries.

Since there is no Will to say who should inherit the estate, it goes to the next-of-kin according to a formula set out by in the Intestate Succession Act.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT SINGAPORE PROBATE LAWYERS

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“It is great to engage PKWA as they handled matters professionally, are fast and reliable. Matters are communicated in simple and easy-to-understand terms minus the legal jargon… in preparing the Letters of Administration for me.”

Leng Hwa Maria Low

December 2017

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“I’m pleased with their prompt actions. As such, I sought their service again to settle my parent’s letter of administration.”

Jo C

November 2017

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“Just to give our feedback that Jane has been so wonderfully attentive to my mother. She’s fantastic helper and very dedicated to what she’s doing! Lawyer Lim Chong Boon also went the extra mile to help. Thanks to you and your teams in PKWA!”

Ms L

July 2015

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Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration

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Mandatory Parenting Programme Extended

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Mandatory parenting programme extended to divorcing parents with children below 21 years old from Jan 21

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Mandatory parenting programme extended to divorcing parents with children below 21 years old from Jan 21 2018.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is extending the Mandatory Parenting Programme (MPP) to include divorcing parents with children below 21 years old. This will be applicable to all parties who wish to file for divorce on or after Jan 21, 2018. This programme does not apply if parties file for a simplifed Uncontested Divorce.

The Mandatory Parenting Programme is a consultation session for parents with minor children before they file for divorce. It is designed to encourage divorcing couples make informed decisions that prioritise the well-being of children.

This is a two-hour session by counsellors from Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs). All parents with children below 14 years old (children below 21 years old with effect from 21 January 2018) are required under the Women’s Charter Section 94A to attend this programme if they file for divorce without reaching an agreement on divorce and parenting matters.

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Q: Who does the Programme apply to?

A: The Programme applies to you if:

  • You intend to divorce and have a child, or children, who are under 14; and
  • You have not been able to come to a formal agreement with your spouse on any of several key matters (such as division of the marital assets, child custody and access, or maintenance for either party).

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Q: Are there any exceptions?

A: You need apply to the Ministry for Social and Family Development to be exempted from the Programme. Parents who lack mental capacity are also exempted from attending.

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Q: Who conducts the session and when is it held?

A: The session lasts for 2 hours and is conducted by a counsellor from a Divorce Support Specialist Agency. It needs to be completed before the divorce writ is filed.

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Q: What does the session cover?

A: The session aims to help parents understand, and prepare for, some of the legal and practical issues surrounding parenting after divorce. These include finances, housing, custody and access, co-parenting, and the impact of divorce on children.

The Programme is separate from the existing requirement for families with children under 21 to undergo compulsory counselling and mediation after the divorce writ is filed.

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Q: Do I have to pay for the session?

A: No, it’s free (and private – you don’t have to attend with your spouse, although you can choose to.)

Divorce – Financial Matters

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If you and your spouse have agreed to a financial settlement, or if you and your spouse failed to come to an agreement and the court has to make its decision on financial matters, it will be recorded as a binding Court Order. The financial settlement is usually regarding properties, bank accounts, CPF money, investments and maintenance.

The Court Order that deals with financial matters is sometimes recorded as part of an Interim Judgment and sometimes in a Court Order.

The Court Order or Interim Judgment that deals with financial matters is a binding Order issued by the Court and parties must comply with the terms.

Financial settlement are referred to as ‘ancillary relief’ because they are financial relief ‘ancillary’ (or supplementary to) the divorce itself.

If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on divorce and agree on issues relating to children and financial matters, then you are entitled to file for a Simplified Uncontested Divorce. The advantage of this is that your divorce case is concluded quickly, you pay substantially less legal fees and there is none of the stress involved as compared to a contested divorce.

Our fees for a Simplified Uncontested Divorce is either $1,500 or $2,500 depending on your situation. See our Uncontested Divorce Fee Packages below.

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If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, and you file for divorce, the divorce is termed as a “Contested Divorce.” It frequently happens that half way through the Contested Divorce, you and your spouse finally reach an agreement. This agreement will then be recorded as a Court Order.

If you and your spouse are not able to reach an agreement, then the court will make a decision. The court makes it decision on financial matters based on the factors set out in section 112(2) of the Women’s Charter and also based on case law.

Another major factor will be the length of the marriage – the longer the marriage, the greater likelihood that assets will be divided 50-50 even if the wife did not contribute financially to the assets. Generally speaking, marriages which have lasted less than 6 years are considered short. Marriages that have lasted 7 to 14 years are seen as falling into a ‘medium’ category and any marriage which lasted more than 15 years may be considered longer marriages.

Uncontested Divorce Fixed Fee Packages

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE SINGAPORE

MOST AFFORDABLE DIVORCE FEES IN SINGAPORE -UNCONTESTED DIVORCE FEES

 .As one of Singapore’s biggest family law firms, we offer Uncontested Divorce fees that are are among the most affordable divorce fees  in Singapore.   Our fees are all priced in, so you pay only one amount that is clear and transparent.

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 Are you filing for divorce?

If you are looking for a quick, simple, and affordable divorce, then you should look into filing your Uncontested Divorce through our HDB Hub office.

Our lawyers are specialists in obtaining uncontested divorce in Singapore while saving you expensive (and unreasonable) legal fees.  Our fees are among the most affordable divorce fees in Singapore.

We specialise in quick and easy uncontested divorces in which both parties agree on all the terms of the divorce and only want to file the paperwork to process a quick uncontested divorce through the family court system in Singapore.

We will help you to obtain an uncontested divorce in Singapore  by filing all the necessary paperwork in court so that your divorce can be granted as quickly 1 month (Interim Judgment) and made final in another 3 months (Final Judgment).  The divorce obtained is quick, easy and affordable.

This is the fastest that a divorce can be processed in the Singapore Family Court.

Our Uncontested Divorce Fixed Fee Packages – Among the Most Affordable in Singapore

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  • $1,500 all in  (No Children, No Property & No Maintenance)

  • $2,500 all in  (With Children, HDB / Private Property & Maintenance)

       *Our fees are subject to GST.  

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CONTACT US TODAY AT TEL 6854-5336 OR BY USING THE FORM BELOW.

Is There A Time Period To File For Divorce Based On Adultery?

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Is there a time period to file for divorce based on adultery?

If you have found out that your spouse has committed adultery, and you intend to rely on that as a ground for your divorce, you must file your divorce within 6 months if you are still living with your spouse.

The reason is simple – if you continue to live with your spouse for more than 6 months after discovering your spouse’s infidelity, the law presumes that you have condoned the adultery.

Of course, the legal presumption may not be right in every case.  More often than not, a spouse continues to live together with the straying spouse because of the impact leaving may have on the children.

In such a situation, you can only rely on adultery if your spouse strays again.  Alternatively, you may have to consider filing for divorce based on other grounds such as his unreasonable behaviour.

The standard of proof for adultery is quite high. You will need to show a confession or more commonly, a private investigator’s report. If you do not have the necessary proof for adultery, you can still file for divorce based on unreasonable behaviour.

It sometimes happens that your spouse may commit adultery within 3 years of getting married. In such a case, you may have to wait until you have been married for 3 years before filing for divorce unless you can get the court’s special permisssion to file for divorce within 3 years. Such permission is rarely granted and you should be prepared to wait until your marriage crosses 3 years.

 

Related Articles:

Adultery under Singapore Divorce Law – 10 things to know

About PKWA Family Lawyers

DEDICATED TEAM OF FAMILY & DIVORCE LAW SPECIALISTS

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PKWA Law is one of Singapore’s largest specialist family law practice. We strive to solve divorce problems amicably, quickly and at reasonable fees.

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At PKWA Law, our team of specialist Family Lawyers are consistently named as leading Singapore divorce lawyers by respected legal publications such as Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review, Global Law Experts and Doyle’s Guide to Singapore Family Lawyers.

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Recently, our Family Lawyers won a landmark case at the Court of Appeal on division of matrimonial assets. This case is now cited and followed by the Singapore Courts on division of matrimonial assets.

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We keep our fees very affordable. If your divorce is friendly and uncontested, our fees start from only $1,500 nett. Read why our clients highly recommend us here.

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Contact us today at tel 6854-5336 for your free 1st consultation on divorce or family law issues.

Contested and Simplified Uncontested Divorce Proceedings

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The Differences between a Contested and Uncontested Divorce Proceedings

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In Singapore, divorce proceedings can either proceed as a “Contested Divorce” or a “Simplified Uncontested Divorce”.

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Contested Divorce Proceedings

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The process for starting a contested divorce begins when the Plaintiff files and serves the Writ for Divorce and other accompanying documents on the Defendant. The Defendant has the option of entering an appearance in court by filing a Memorandum of Appearance, wherein they will indicate whether or not they are contesting the divorce. If they are contesting the divorce, the Defendant will file a defence and/or counterclaim in response to the Plaintiff’s claim for divorce. Thereafter, each party will have one further right of reply each.

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Both parties will then have to attend a contested divorce hearing, where they will be cross-examined by the other side. The Court must be satisfied that the marriage has indeed irretrievably broken down based on the weight of parties’ evidence. If the Court is not convinced of the Plaintiff’s case, this may mean the divorce is either granted on the Defendant’s counterclaim, or it is not allowed to proceed at all.

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If the Interim Judgment is granted, proceedings will move on to the ancillary matters, where custody, care and control of the children and money matters are dealt with. There are cases where both parties are able to agree on the divorce – thus avoiding a contested divorce hearing – but are unable to settle the ancillary matters. This means the Interim Judgment will be issued, but the issuance of the Final Judgment may be pushed back for an indefinite period of time.

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At this stage, parties may either be mandated to go for mediation (if they have children below the age of 21), or they can opt into it voluntarily. If mediation is successful, a Draft Consent Order will be prepared, which will contain the orders and terms of the settlement that parties have agreed on. Settling at mediation will save time and costs, and it may result in a more satisfactory outcome as parties can settle on an outcome which they are mutually agreeable to, rather than having a decision imposed on them by the Court.

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If parties do not opt for mediation, or if mediation is unsuccessful, the matter will head to an ancillary matters hearing before a judge. Preparation for an ancillary matters hearing is much more onerous and complex. Proceedings will likely be prolonged by at least another 6 months and higher legal fees will be incurred.

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Overall, contested divorce proceedings take up more time and are more expensive due to the amount of work. Beyond finances, the process is also emotionally draining, as the indefinite lack of resolution can cause parties more anxiety and stress.

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Simplified Uncontested Divorce

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A simplified uncontested divorce is sometimes known as either a “simplified divorce” or an “uncontested divorce”. It requires parties to agree beforehand to a divorce and all of the ancillary issues, the most common of which are as follows:

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Firstly, how is the divorce going to proceed? In Singapore, the only ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, proven through at least one of five facts: one party’s unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion or separation. Parties will have to decide on which one of these facts they will be relying on. Even though the nature of proceedings is uncontested, the party applying for the divorce will be still be known as the Plaintiff and the other the Defendant.

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Secondly, if there are children to the marriage, how will parties decide on custody, care and control, and access. Will parties have joint custody of the children, or will one party have sole custody? “Joint custody” is a legal term which means parties must agree on the major issues relating to the children’s education, medical treatments and choice of religion. Joint custody is the norm in Singapore. The Courts will only grant sole custody in rare situations.

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Following from that, which party will have care and control of the children? That is, which party will be making everyday decisions for the children? Will parties share care and control?

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Next, what will the access arrangements look like? How frequently will the other party get to see the children? Will it be liberal, reasonable, or supervised access?

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Thirdly, how are the matrimonial assets going to be divided? For most couples, the most valuable asset that needs to be divided is the matrimonial home. Parties will need to decide if the home will either be sold in the open market, transferred to one party, or if one party will purchase the other’s share.

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The division of assets – especially the buying, selling, or transfer of homes – can be a highly technical area, particularly if there is an outstanding bank or HDB mortgage loan, or other issues relating to the HDB’s and CPF Board’s regulations.

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Fourthly, what will the children’s maintenance look like? Will one party maintain the children solely, or will the children’s expenses be shared between both parties?

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Fifthly, will there be maintenance for the wife?

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The paperwork for a simplified uncontested divorce is far simpler than a contested divorce, as the lawyer will only need to prepare the Writ for Divorce, the Statement of Claim, the Statement of Particulars, the Affidavit of Evidence in Chief, and the Draft Interim Judgment. The Draft Interim Judgment will contain all of the terms of parties’ settlement.

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After all of the divorce papers are filed, an uncontested divorce hearing will usually be fixed within three to four weeks. They are held in a judge’s chambers and neither parties nor lawyers need attend. However, even if both parties have consented to the divorce, the Court must still be satisfied that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. The Courts in Singapore take the stance that divorce should be treated as a last resort and it should not be taken for granted that the Courts will grant every uncontested divorce petition presented before it.

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Should the Court be satisfied that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, an Interim Judgment will be granted at the uncontested divorce hearing. It is important to note that even in an uncontested divorce, an Interim Judgment can only be made final after three months if there is no application to show why it should not be made final, whereupon the Court will issue the Final Judgment.

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Even though an uncontested divorce may seem like an efficient and less complicated route to take than a contested divorce, the forms, documents and legal procedure involved can still be difficult to navigate. Furthermore, it is still highly advisable to seek legal advice from an experienced divorce lawyer to ensure that the documents are properly drafted and you know the fullest extent of your rights within the law.

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Importantly, it must be noted that one lawyer cannot act for both parties in an uncontested divorce. That is, while only one lawyer may be needed to draft and file the necessary documents, this lawyer can only represent one party (that is, their client) and is obliged to act in the interests of that party. They cannot give legal advice to the other party who is not their client.

PKWA Law Ranked as One of Singapore’s Top SME Companies

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We are pleased to announce that PKWA LAW has been ranked as one of Singapore’s top SMEs in the 31st Annual (2018) Singapore 1000 & SME 1000 Listing.

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This is the second straight year that PKWA LAW has been ranked among the nation’s top companies. PKWA LAW was also ranked last year (http://www.timesbusinessdirectory.com/company/details/80129013/pkwa-law-practice-llc).

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The annual rankings are produced by DP Information Group, with Ernst & Young as a co-producer, alongside supporting organisations ACRA, SPRING Singapore, IE Singapore, IMDA AND Singapore Business Federation.

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The annual rankings are an independent, national annual register of the nation’s top companies. The companies are ranked and selected purely on financial performance and merit.

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The citation reads:

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“The Singapore 1000 and SME 1000 Rankings are an independent, national ranking and recognition which all companies aspire to achieve. Conferred only to deserving corporations and SMEs, a listing on the Singapore 1000 & SME 1000 endorses your status as one of the nation’s most prized organisations.”

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PKWA LAW wish to thank all our clients for their trust and continued support. Many of our clients have been with us for many years. We are extremely grateful for their continued and steadfast support.  We will continue to strive to be a top conveyancing law firm, a top family law firm and leading firm in corporate services and litigation.

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We also wish to thank our staff. We have more than 130 staff and all of them are dedicated, committed and they frequently go beyond what is necessary to get the job done. We are lucky to have a group of brilliant staff. This prestigious Award is for all of them.

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ABOUT PKWA LAW

PKWA LAW is an established and reputable law firm. PKWA Law is a leading conveyancing law firm, a top family law firm & corporate services and litigation.  This is the second straight year that PKWA LAW has been ranked as among the top SMEs in Singapore.

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Factors For Wife & Children Maintenance

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Maintenance for wife and children

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Under the Women’s Charter, the husband may have to pay maintenace for wife and his children. The court will consider all the circumstances of the case, including the following factors, when deciding whether the order should be made and the amount of maintenance for wife:

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  1. wife’s financial needs;
  2. income, earning capacity, property and financial resources of parties;
  3. any physical or mental disability that wife might have;
  4. the age of the parties and the duration of the marriage;
  5. Your Approximate valuation of property.
  6. the contributions made by each spouse to the welfare of the family, including any contribution made by looking after the home or caring for the family;
  7. the standard of living enjoyed by the wife; and
  8. the conduct of you and your spouse, if the conduct is such that the court is of the opinion that it is inequitable to disregard it.

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In addition, the court will consider:

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  • the value of any benefit to either spouse that will be lost as a result of the dissolution of the marriage; and
  • the court will try to place the parties in the same financial position as they would have been if the marriage had not broken down and each party had discharged his financial obligations and responsibilities towards each other.

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ABOUT PKWA LAW

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At PKWA Law, our team of Family Lawyers are consistently named as leading Singapore divorce lawyers by respected independent legal publications such as Asian Legal Business, Singapore Business Review, Global Law Experts and Doyle’s Guide to Singapore Family Lawyers.