Is there mandatory counselling before divorce Singapore?
There is no mandatory counselling before divorce Singapore for couples who have an agreement on all divorce terms. For those who have at least one child under the age of 14, and do not have an agreement on all divorce terms, the person filing for divorce needs to attend the mandatory parenting programme.
The mandatory parenting programme is a consultation session designed to encourage divorcing couples to prioritize the welfare of their children and make informed decisions before they file for divorce in Singapore.
The 2-hour session is conducted by counsellors from the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies. Through the programme, you will gain an understanding on:
- Financial impact that comes with divorce;
- Children’s issues including custody, care and control, and access;
- Living arrangements after the divorce; and
Personally, I feel it may be beneficial for couples to go through the mandatory parenting programme. Many clients of mine decide to file for divorce without serious consideration. Some do not have anyone to talk to at home. Others do not get the right advice from their friends and family members.
I recently read about how the late Princess Diana had turned to Queen Elizabeth II for help on her troubled marriage with Prince Charles. The late princess revealed: “So I went to the top lady [Queen Elizabeth II] sobbing. And I said, ‘What do I do? I’m coming to you, what do I do?’ And she said ‘I don’t know what you should do. And that was it. And that was help.”
See: Aidan Quigley, “What Princess Diana Told Queen Elizabeth Just Before Her Divorce From Prince Charles”, Newsweek, 31 July 2017
It helps to talk to somebody who understands what you are going through.
Mandatory counselling before divorce Singapore in the form of the mandatory parenting programme serves that purpose.
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