Elderly Couple Forced to Separate! Fixed Cost of Deed of Separation in Singapore

A few times a month, I have clients contact me to ask about cost of deed of separation in Singapore.

Why do a deed of separation in Singapore?

A deed of separation in Singapore is prepared for couples who have the intention to lead separate lives but are not about to divorce for some reasons. For instance, their children may be sitting for a major examination and they do not wish to affect the children. Or it could be that they are unable to sell their HDB flat in the open market as they have not reached the minimum occupancy period.

My clients generally have different reasons to separate. Most also have the intention to divorce eventually.

Forced to separate

Recently, I came across an article on an elderly couple who were forced to separate due to a lack of bed at their respective nursing homes.

Mr Abu and Madam Nashua have been married for 54 years but were forced to live apart for the 1.5 years in different nursing homes due to a lack of beds. When they were finally reunited in late 2015, Madam Nashua’s dementia had deteriorated to such an extent that she could recognize Mr Abu. She rejected Mr Abu. She even said: “This is not my husband.” Mr Abu wept after that.

While nurses in Swami (the nursing home) make it a point to arrange for Mr Abu and Madam Nashua to be together at every lunch, tea time and during activities, they are not able to refer Mr Abu as Madam Nashua’s husband as she gets agitated when they do so. She recognizes him only as a “good friend”. The couple also live in separate rooms as nursing home policy in Singapore stipulates that separate accommodation be provided for residents of different genders.

For now, Mr Abu is content just to be able to see his wife.

See: Janice Tai, “No bed at the nursing home, so couple forced to stay apart”, The Straits Times, 6 November 2016

Cost of deed of separation in Singapore

Generally, the cost of deed of separation in Singapore is lower than the cost of a simplified divorce in Singapore.

The factors that may affect the cost of deed of separation in Singapore are:

  1. The complexity of the deed of separation in Singapore; and
  2. The time spent by the lawyer on the deed of separation in Singapore.

The average cost of deed of separation in Singapore does not exceed S$1,000. Find out how you can protect yourself by way of a deed of separation in Singapore and the fixed cost of deed of separation in Singapore. Contact us today!

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1. Divorce and Separation

2. Annulment (Nullity) of Marriage

3. Children’s Issues

4. Matrimonial Assets

5. Maintenance Issues (Alimony)

6. Family Violence

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