Division of matrimonial assets – What happens to your HDB Flat in a divorce?

Division of matrimonial assets – What happens to your HDB flat in a divorce?

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Exploring Different Options When Splitting the HDB Flat

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This article focuses on a simple scenario where parties are planning a divorce and the matrimonial assets consist of an HDB flat in either or both the parties’ names. The issues set out below are only a general guide and are not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive.

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Exploring Different Options When Splitting the HDB Flat

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In a divorce, you may ask to retain or sell the HDB flat. Your ability to retain or sell will depend on whether you meet HDB eligibility requirements. At PKWA Law, we will assist you to find out if you qualify under HDB rules.

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In respect of the HDB flat, the divorce lawyers at PKWA Law will usually ask the following questions:

· What is the present value of the HDB flat?

· Is there an outstanding loan on the HDB flat? If so, is it a bank loan or a HDB loan?

· Did you and your spouse use any cash to purchase the HDB flat?

· Did you and your spouse utilize any CPF monies to purchase the HDB flat? If so, how much was used?

· What is the proportion of both parties’ direct financial contributions to the flat?

· If there is a sale, how much has been returned to each party’s CPF accounts?

· Is there a housing grant that has been paid into the CPF account of either party that must be returned to HDB?

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We will also ask what you wish to claim in respect of the HDB flat:

  • Whether to dispose of (i.e. sale, transfer, or surrender) or retain; and
  • The division of the flat – what proportion of the value of the flat are you claiming.

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Notwithstanding the above, we will also assess how practical your claim is, in the light of the size of the matrimonial assets, the relevant CPF rules and regulations, and your financial resources if you intend to purchase your spouse’s share in the HDB flat.

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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.

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Keen to discuss more? Call us at 6854 5336 / 6854 5331 / 6397 6100.

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