“PKWA Law packages most of its legal services with an all-inclusive fixed fee that is affordable for all.” – The Straits Times
$1,200 (No Children, Property & Maintenance)
$1,900 (With Children, Property & Maintenance)
- Solid Reputation – Independent legal publications consistently rank us as a top family law firm. We have a reputation for keeping our fees low. You get high-quality legal service at affordable fees.
- Clear and Transparent Fees – Our Fixed Divorce Fees for an amicable divorce are stated clearly on this website – you don’t pay anything extra.
- Complete Service – A complete service, from commencement to Final Judgment.
- Proper Advice – Advice from us on structuring the settlement agreement (especially about children issues and property).
- Peace of mind – Deal with experienced family solicitors at one of Singapore’s largest specialist family law firms.
- One-stop service – our Property Lawyers can continue to assist you in selling or transferring the matrimonial property.
Is an Amicable Divorce suitable for you?
PKWA Law’s Amicable Divorce Fixed Fee Package is suitable for you if you and your spouse have already agreed on:
- The party filing for divorce.
- The reason for divorce.
- How matrimonial assets are to be divided.
- Who the children will live with, and what access the other parent has.
- Maintenance for wife and children.
We will advise you on all of the above so that your amicable divorce goes smoothly. If there is a HDB flat, we will advise you whether you can retain it or sell it.
What do I have to do next?
Contact us at tel 6854-5336 for a free 1st consultation. We will listen to you and advise you on your best options.
WHAT IS A SIMPLIFIED AMICABLE DIVORCE IN SINGAPORE
You and your spouse must agree to a divorce. Parties will also need on all ancillary matters, which include:
- Custody, care and control, and access of any child(ren) to the marriage;
- Maintenance for the child(ren);
- Maintenance for the spouse; and
- Division of the matrimonial assets (including where applicable, the matrimonial home).
Reaching an agreement on all relevant issues
2. In order to reach an agreement on all the above issues, parties may either:
a. negotiate privately amongst themselves and reach an agreement on all issues with or without the assistance of lawyers; or
b. reach an agreement through a Collaborative Family Practice process (CFP), whether conducted by the Singapore Mediation Centre or through private mediators using the CFP.
3. The CFP is a process in which a trained lawyer (that is, the collaborative counsel) represents a party only in negotiations aimed exclusively at settlement. The CFP aims to achieve a consensual solution for family law related disputes without resort to litigation. If the negotiations fail subsequently, the collaborative counsel will then withdraw from acting for the party concerned so that the party may engage a new counsel to pursue the case through litigation.
4. Regardless of the method by which parties reach an agreement or settlement on all the relevant issues, a simplified amicable divorce may only be applied for where parties have reached an agreement on all ancillary matters, and have agreed that the divorce shall proceed on an amicable basis.
Questions to consider when trying to reach an agreement
5. In attempting to achieve an agreement between parties, especially in relation to ancillary matters, some helpful guiding questions would be:
On custody, care and control, and access
(i) Who should make the big decisions for the child (such as decisions relating to healthcare, education and religion)?
(ii) Who should the child live with on a day to day basis?
(iii) How often should the other parent (who the child does not live with) see the child? How much time should the other parent spend with the child?
(iv) How should the child’s school holidays be spent – that is, how much time should the child spend with each parent during the holidays?
(v) Should either parent or both parents be allowed to bring the child overseas? And if so, how much advance notice should be given to the parent who is not travelling with the child?
On maintenance for the child and/or spouse
(i) Who should pay for the child’s expenses and in what proportions?
(ii) Should the husband pay the wife maintenance? If so, how much and for how long?
(iii) How should such money (whether for child maintenance or spousal maintenance) be transferred from one spouse to the other? How regularly and on what day of the month should such money be transferred?
On the division of the matrimonial assets
(i) Is the matrimonial home going to be retained by either party or is the matrimonial home to be sold on the open market?
(ii) How should the proceeds of the matrimonial home be divided?
(iii) How should the other matrimonial assets (besides the matrimonial home) be divided?
(iv) Should each party retain the assets held in their own name?
What to do once parties have reached an agreement
6. When parties have reached an agreement on all the above, the relevant documents must be signed by the parties before a Commissioner for Oaths. The documents which must be filed in a simplified amicable divorce proceeding are:
- Writ for Divorce;
- Statement of Claim;
- Statement of Particulars with the relevant annexures (such as the draft Interim Judgment with agreed ancillary issues, bankruptcy searches of both parties, the consent from the Defendant to the simplified amicable divorce, a copy of the Marriage Certificate, and the CPF Checklist);
- Request for Setting Down Trial for Action; and
- The Plaintiff’s Affidavit of Evidence in Chief.
7. After the necessary documents have been duly signed, the documents may be filed in Court. Where the requisite documents are in order, the Court may fix the divorce proceedings for hearing on an amicable basis upon filing of the divorce proceedings.
How long does a simplified amicable divorce take?
8. In the event that the documents have been filed and the Court is satisfied that the documents are in order, the Court may place the matter on the amicable hearing track. If this is the case, the Court may also direct that the matter be tried or heard within 10 days after the date of setting down.
9. The Court may proceed to grant the relevant orders in chambers without requiring the parties’ attendance or their lawyers.
10. After 3 months from the date on which the Court grants the Interim Judgment, and upon the party’s application in whose favour the Interim Judgment was granted, the Court may grant a Final Judgment of divorce.
Some advantages of a simplified amicable divorce proceeding
11. There are many advantages to a simplified amicable divorce proceeding as compared to a contested one. Some of these advantages are:
- There is likely to be less acrimony and bitterness between the parties to the divorce proceedings as parties negotiate between themselves on the terms of the divorce.
- The proceedings are less costly than contested divorce proceedings. More fees are incurred when parties engage two separate sets of lawyers to represent them in contested divorce proceedings.
- A final judgment of divorce is likely to be granted in a much shorter period of time in a simplified amicable proceeding when compared to a contested divorce proceeding. As stated above, given that parties have agreed on all the relevant matters in a simplified amicable divorce proceeding, a final judgment of divorce may be granted in 5-6 months. This allows parties to transition into the next stage of their lives quickly.