What makes a good family lawyer Singapore?
A good family lawyer Singapore focuses on helping his clients solve their problems. This can sometimes be done before/ without going to Court.
There will be new professional rules requiring family lawyers in Singapore to advise their clients of alternative ways of resolving their disputes before/ without going to Court. The new rules may be part of amendments to the current Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules 2015.
The amendments will indicate that:
- Family lawyers Singapore will have a duty to advise their clients to think about the impact of the legal proceedings on their children.
- Family lawyers Singapore will have a duty to advise their clients on alternate ways of resolving their disputes. For instance, other than going to Court, clients should be advised on options like mediation and collaborative family practice.
- Family lawyers Singapore who are appointed as child representatives or parenting coordinators cannot represent any of the parties in the case.
See: K. C. Vijayan, “New rules proposed to help family lawyers manage conflict”, The Straits Times, 21 February 2017
The role of family lawyers in Singapore has evolved over the years. Family law is a unique area of law. It is not so much about winning or losing. Rather, the focus should on helping parties move on with their lives.
Going to Court should be the last resort. There are many ways to solving a problem. For instance, it is compulsory for couples who cannot agree on the terms of the divorce and have at least one child under the age of 21 to go through mediation as part of the divorce process. The appointed mediator will facilitate discussion between the parties and help the parties find acceptable solutions to their problems.
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