CLEAR & TRANSPARENT DIVORCE FEES

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE FEES

$1,200 (No Children, Property & Maintenance)

$2,200 (With Children, Property & Maintenance)

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FIXED FEE UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

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  • Solid Reputation – We are consistently ranked by independent legal publications 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 uncontested 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 how to structure the settlement agreement (especially with regard to 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 to sell or transfer the matrimonial property.

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Is an Uncontested Divorce suitable for you?

PKWA Law’s Uncontested 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 uncontested 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.

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WHAT IS A SIMPLIFIED UNCONTESTED DIVORCE IN SINGAPORE

  1. What is the process for a simplified uncontested divorce in Singapore.
  1. Preliminarily, a simplified uncontested divorce should be distinguished from a divorce proceeding initiated by the Plaintiff (that is, the party who files the divorce papers) which is subsequently heard on an uncontested basis due to the fact that the Defendant (the party who should respond to the divorce papers) has not appeared in Court. This article will focus on the former scenario.
  1. A simplified uncontested divorce may be applied for in cases where the parties have reached an agreement on all issues relating to the divorce. This means that parties should: (a) agree that the divorce proceedings will proceed on an uncontested basis; and (b) agree on all other ancillary matters. Practically speaking, parties would also need to agree on the fact which proves the irretrievable breakdown of marriage (for example, adultery, unreasonable behaviour on the part of one party, that parties have been living separately for 3 years), in order for the divorce to proceed on an uncontested basis.
  1. After agreeing on the basis for the divorce, parties will also need to agree 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

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Regardless of the method by which parties reach an agreement or settlement on all the relevant issues, a simplified uncontested 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 uncontested basis.

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Questions to consider when reaching an agreement

 

  1. 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

 

  1. When parties have reached 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 uncontested 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 uncontested 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.

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  1. After the necessary documents have been duly signed, the documents may then be filed in Court. Where the requisite documents are in order, the Court may fix the divorce proceedings for hearing on an uncontested basis upon filing of the divorce proceedings.

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Estimated timeline for a simplified uncontested divorce proceeding in Singapore

 

  1. 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 uncontested 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.
  1. The Court may proceed to grant the relevant orders in chambers without requiring the attendance of the parties or their lawyers.
  1. After 3 months from the date on which the Court grants the Interim Judgment, and upon the application of the party in whose favour the Interim Judgment was granted, the Court may grant a Final Judgment of divorce.

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Some advantages of a simplified uncontested divorce proceeding

 

  1. In light of the above, it may be seen that there are many advantages to a simplified uncontested 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. This is because 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 uncontested proceeding when compared to a contested divorce proceeding. As stated above, given that parties have agreed on all the relevant matters in a simplified uncontested divorce proceeding, a final judgment of divorce may be granted in 5-6 months. This allows parties to quickly transition into the next stage of their lives.

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