PKWA Law Senior Associate Director of Family Law Low Jin Liang was quoted in a Straits Times story published on 20 March 2020 on “Divorces becoming less costly, time-consuming – thanks to reforms.”
The article examines how divorces in Singapore are becoming increasingly less costly, less time-consuming and less prone to acrimonious disputes, figures provided by the Ministry of Law show.
More than 55 per cent of divorce cases last year were finalised in months instead of stretching to over a year. Also, nearly 90 per cent of divorce cases referred to mediation at the Family Justice Courts were partly or fully settled.
As a result, the cost of divorce is reduced substantially, said Law Minister K. Shanmugam in an interview with The Straits Times. Likewise, the emotional turmoil the parties go through, he added.
Mr Shanmugam, who is also the Home Affairs Minister, attributed the successes to the reforms and initiatives introduced to the family justice system since 2014.
Low Jin Liang said that that in the judge-led approach, judges can decide issues on the spot, precluding the need for parties to file additional court applications.
Such divorce cases can conclude six to 12 months faster, with his clients saving substantial legal fees.
“It has become easier to work with the judge on trying to conclude the divorce with as little acrimony as possible,” he added.
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Source: The Straits Times