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Collaborative Family Practice


At PKWA Law, our team of family lawyers are accredited specialists in Collaborative Family Practice with the Singapore Mediation Centre. This means our family lawyers have undergone specialist training with the Singapore Mediation Centre to become Collaborative Family lawyers.

What is Collaborative Family Practice?

Collaborative Family Practice (CFP) is a fairly new dispute resolution process in Singapore.

Collaborative family law, sometimes called collaborative practice, is an alternative dispute resolution process where you and your partner work together to resolve your family law disputes out of court with the help of your own collaborative family lawyers.

Collaborative Family Practice is supported by the Family Justice Courts (FJC). At the end of the CFP process, where parties reach an agreement and where the papers are in order, the FJC will prioritise the case of hearing.

Collaborative Family Practice is voluntary

Collaborative Family Practice is voluntary. This means that you and your partner have to agree to the process. You cannot be forced to use it. Each party engages their own family lawyers who are accredited with the Singapore Mediation Centre to work towards an amicable settlement.

The family lawyers at PKWA Law are accredited Collaborative Family Practice lawyers with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

The family lawyers at PKWA Law are accredited Collaborative Family Practice lawyers with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

As Collaborative family lawyers, our lawyers have special training in:

  • using a cooperative way to get partners to agree
  • focusing on solutions that consider both partners' interests and needs.
  • supporting partners to speak freely and honestly with each other.
  • making sure that partners have all the relevant information make informed decisions.

Unlike matrimonial legal battles, CFP aims to achieve a more friendly and less and less hostile process. It allows parties to be civil towards each other, which is very important if they have children. The process is confidential.

How does Collaborative Family Practice work?

  1. Before you file for divorce, you and your spouse discuss whether the collaborative process is suitable for you.
  2. If the collaborative family process is suitable, both you and your spouse will engage a family lawyer who has been accredited by the Singapore Mediation Centre.
  3. When you embark on the collaborative family practice process, both you and your spouse undertake not to go to Court.
  4. Both you and your spouse must make full and frank disclosure of all information, including assets.
  5. If you and your spouse reach a settlement, the agreement will be filed to become a Court Order.



At PKWA Law, our team of Family Lawyers are consistently named as leading Singapore family 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.

If Collaborative Family Practice is suitable for you and you wish to engage a Collaborative Family Lawyer, please contact us at tel 6854-5336 for a free first consultation.

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